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Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde will be placed on injured reserve due to a season-ending neck injury, according to his agent, Jack Bechta.

Hyde suffered the injury during the Bills’ 41-7 blowout victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football. Buffalo already ruled him out for the team’s Week 3 contest against the Miami Dolphins.

The 31-year-old is expected to make a full recovery for the 2023 campaign, his agent adds.

Hyde and teammate Jordan Poyer have formed the backend of the Bills’ secondary for the past six seasons after they both joined the team in 2017.

A one-time Pro Bowler, Hyde has made 81 starts for the franchise, recording 14 interceptions and 363 tackles. He tied his career high in interceptions last season with five.

The loss of Hyde is the latest hit to a banged-up Bills secondary. The team has been without star cornerback Tre’Davious White, who remains on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from a torn ACL. Corner Dane Jackson will also miss Week 3 due to a neck injury.

The Bills head to Miami on Sunday with a 2-0 record.

The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 1-2 with a loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, but head coach Mike Tomlin isn’t pushing the panic button.

Tomlin said postgame that he won’t consider making a change at quarterback or who calls the offensive plays over the Steelers’ extended break ahead of Week 4.

“I’m not in that mindset,” said Tomlin. “I’m interested in reviewing this tape and looking at the totality of it and figuring out how we collectively get better. So the answer to that question is definitively no.”

Steelers quarterback Mitchell Trubisky put together another uneven performance, completing 20 of 32 passes for 207 yards and rushing for one touchdown.

While Trubisky struggled, Pittsburgh’s entire offense looked disjointed. The passing game dealt with multiple drops, and embattled offensive coordinator Matt Canada continued to stumble in putting together consistent drives.

Tomlin will likely face increased calls to turn to first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett, who impressed in the preseason to earn Pittsburgh’s backup job. The former Pitt standout threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns against zero interceptions while completing 80.1% of his passes.

The Steelers face the New York Jets in Week 4 before their schedule ramps up with games against the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and Philadelphia Eagles.

An unimaginable collapse still fresh in their minds, the Browns managed to avoid a second one in four days.

Jacoby Brissett threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for a score and Cleveland bounced back from its epic meltdown by finishing off the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday night.

“We had the right men in that room to be able to get past it,” Brissett said, “and I think we answered that call. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The guys answered the bell.”

The Browns (2-1) built a nine-point lead early in the fourth on Chubb’s 1-yard run and then held on for dear life.

The Steelers (1-2) pulled within 23-17 on Chris Boswell’s 34-yard field goal with 1:48 left before Pittsburgh attempted an onside kick. But unlike in Sunday’s 31-30 loss, when the New York Jets overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 1:55 helped by a recovery, the Browns batted the ball out of bounds.

For a split second, it looked like Sunday all over again.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was asked what he was thinking as the ball bounced around near Pittsburgh’s sideline. He paused for six seconds before answering.

“A lot,” he said.

Cleveland fans could finally exhale when cornerback Denzel Ward fell on a Steelers fumble in the end zone on the final play for a meaningless touchdown.

Brissett connected with Amari Cooper and David Njoku for TDs, and finished 21 of 31 for 220 yards. The 29-year-old had his second straight solid game as he fills in while Deshaun Watson serves an 11-game suspension.

Chubb had 113 yards and pushed and twisted across the goal line on fourth-and-goal with 9:29 left to put the Browns ahead 23-14.

Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers’ stagnant offense showed signs of life in the first half, but bogged down after halftime, punting on their first three possessions while gaining just 54 yards.

Criticized for not throwing deep the first two weeks, Trubisky launched a few long balls but didn’t connect nearly enough.

“I think Mitch made some plays, but we all collectively came up short,” said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who said he has no plans to switch to rookie QB Kenny Pickett. “Winning is our business. I wasn’t looking to be impressed, I was looking to win the game.”

Pittsburgh’s defense is missing star end T.J. Watt, but tackle Cameron Heyward said that wasn’t the issue.

“When you try to arm-tackle Nick Chubb, he’s going to make you pay,” Heyward said. “We need to do a lot better.”

The win smoothed over a rough few days for Cleveland.

Sunday’s debacle was followed by Myles Garrett criticizing fans for booing the Browns as they left the field, and a fan was arrested on charges he threw a plastic bottle in the direction of owner Jimmy Haslam on the sideline.

But there was little drama this time, just a win over their hated neighbors from Pennsylvania.

“That’s not an easy thing to bounce back from,” Stefanski said. “We talked about it on Sunday. We talked about it on Monday. What I’m proud of with those guys is you can’t let a loss linger, and we won’t let this win linger either. But I’m proud of how they responded. You’ve got to be resilient.”

Although there was little time to recover, Garrett was confident the Browns would be able to shake off Sunday’s loss.

“I didn’t have a doubt in my mind knowing this team and the guys who are on it,” he said. “I know everybody was anxious to get back on that field and get that taste out of our mouths and play a complete football game, and that’s what we did.

“Everybody did their job and all the teams came together to make it a really special win.”

Rookie Cade York’s 34-yard field goal gave the Browns a 16-14 lead in the third quarter, when Cleveland lost four players, including starting linebackers Anthony Walker Jr. and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, to injuries.

Brissett’s 7-yard TD pass to Njoku put the Browns up 13-7 with 8:58 left before halftime. But for the second straight week York missed an extra point.

Trubisky led the Steelers on a 75-yard scoring drive — 51 yards coming on the ground — before the QB rolled right and scored from the 1. Boswell’s PAT put Pittsburgh ahead 14-13.

Steelers rookie receiver George Pickens expressed frustration about not getting the ball during a loss to New England last week, saying he was open “90% of the time.” He wasn’t joking, either.

Trubisky finally hit him with a long ball, but it took a spectacular, one-handed catch by Pickens for a 36-yard gain.

BLOCK PARTY

Garrett failed to record a sack and remains just shy of Clay Matthews’ team record of 62. The Browns All-Pro defensive end was double-teamed, chipped and was credited with just assisted tackles.

DIFFERENT GUARDS

Cavaliers All-Star guards Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland served as the Browns’ honorary captains. Mitchell, recently acquired in a trade from Utah, smashed a fake guitar during pregame festivities.

INJURIES

Steelers: CB Ahkello Witherspoon (right hamstring) limped off in the third quarter and didn’t come back.

Browns: Walker was carted off with his left leg immobilized. Stefanski said Walker has a sprained knee and will undergo further tests. Walker appeared to get hurt when he was bent back awkwardly trying to fight off a block. … Owusu-Koramoah (groin) didn’t return. … LT Jedrick Wills Jr. (knee) went out briefly but returned. … DT Taven Bryan (hamstring) also was hurt in the third. … S Ronnie Harrison injured his hamstring during warmups and didn’t play.

UP NEXT

Steelers: Host the New York Jets on Oct. 2.

Browns: Visit Atlanta on Oct. 2.

Jason Pierre-Paul is joining the Baltimore Ravens, the free-agent defensive end told CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson.

The former All-Pro pass-rusher will sign a one-year deal worth up to $5.5 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Pierre-Paul’s signing comes after his second visit to the Ravens’ facility since June. His addition bolsters a beleaguered Baltimore defense that recently placed Steven Means on season-ending injured reserve.

Pierre-Paul spent the past four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom he won his second Super Bowl ring in 2020. He recorded 31 tackles, five quarterback hits, and 2.5 sacks in 12 games last campaign.

The New York Giants drafted Pierre-Paul in the first round of the 2010 draft. He earned two of his three career Pro Bowl nods with the Giants.

The 33-year-old defender joins a Ravens defensive line group that features Justin HoustonCalais Campbell, and Odafe Oweh.

Baltimore will look to go to 2-1 in its Week 3 road matchup against the New England Patriots.

Six-time All-Pro offensive lineman Joe Thomas, shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis and speedy pass rusher Dwight Freeney headline the list of nine first-year eligible players picked among the 129 nominees for the 2023 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The other first-year eligibles are running back Chris Johnson, offensive lineman Jahri Evans, linebackers NaVorro Bowman and James Harrison; defensive back Kam Chancellor and punter Shane Lechler.

The nine new candidates combined for 52 Pro Bowl berths, 30 first-team All-Pro selections, with five of the nine winning Super Bowls and five making an all-decade team. Johnson also won an Offensive Player of the Year award in 2009 and Harrison was picked as top defensive player in 2008.

Thomas was one of the top tackles in the league over a durable 11-year career that saw him selected first-team All-Pro six times and second team two other times. He had a streak of 10,363 consecutive plays while playing for the Browns his entire career.

Revis, who also came out in the 2007 draft, moved around much more, spending time with the Jets, Tampa Bay, New England and Kansas City.

His best play came in New York where he was a first-team All-Pro from 2009-11 and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2009 when he repeatedly shut down top receivers by sending them to “Revis Island.”

Revis spent one year in New England, helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl in the 2014 season.

Freeney spent most of his 16-year career in Indianapolis where his speed off the edge and dominant spin move led to 125 1/2 career sacks. He anchored a defense that complemented a high-powered offense led by Peyton Manning and helped the Colts win the Super Bowl following the 2006 season.

The list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January before the selection committee discusses and chooses the class of 2023 that will be enshrined in August.

The 15 finalists will be trimmed to 10 and then five during the selection meeting early next year. The final five candidates will need to get 80% of the votes from the panel to get into the Hall.

The roster of nominees consists of 67 offensive players, 50 defensive players and 12 special teamers.

Finalists from 2022 re-nominated for next year are defensive end Jared Allen, tackle Willie Anderson, defensive back Ronde Barber, returner Devin Hester, receivers Torry Holt, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne; linebackers Zach Thomas and Patrick Willis; and edge rusher DeMarcus Ware.

The committee will also consider former Chargers and Cardinals coach Don Coryell in the coaching category and three senior candidates: Super Bowl V MVP Chuck Howley and All-Pro defenders Joe Klecko and Ken Riley.

They also will get in if they get support from at least 80% of voters in January.

Quarterback Justin Herbert was mainly a bystander Wednesday as the Los Angeles Chargers went through their first practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Herbert did some handoffs to running backs but did not do any throwing during the portion of practice open to the media. Herbert suffered fractured rib cartilage after taking a hit during the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coach Brandon Staley said Herbert did some light throwing Tuesday but the third-year quarterback’s status remains day-to-day. Herbert was one of three players listed as a limited participant on the team’s practice report.

“He’s had a lot of rest since the last game, but I think the nature of the week is truly going to be a case-by-case, day-by-day basis,” Staley said. “We’re just going to see where his comfort level is, and truly trust him and let him be the guide of where we’re at, and make sure that we are prepared either way.”

Herbert missed only one play after taking a hard hit from Kansas City defensive lineman Michael Danna on a 12-yard completion to Gerald Everett with five minutes to go. He led the Chargers (1-1) on a nine-play, 73-yard touchdown drive the series after he was injured.

Herbert will wear a rib protector but could also receive an injection to deal with the pain. It did not go well the last time that happened to a Chargers quarterback.

In 2020, Tyrod Taylor suffered a rib injury during the Chargers’ opening win in Cincinnati. A team doctor then punctured Taylor’s lung while giving him a pain-killing injection before a game against Kansas City. Taylor went to the hospital, and Herbert found out he was getting his first NFL start less than a minute before kickoff.

Taylor did not file a grievance through the NFL Players Association but sued team doctor David Gazzaniga for medical malpractice. The lawsuit, which seeks at least $5 million in damages, was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May 2021. A trial was scheduled to begin in November but has been moved to next June.

Herbert has made 34 consecutive regular-season starts, seventh among active quarterbacks.

“I think that we have full alignment with Justin, his family, his agents, and the medical professionals. That’s what we’re going to try and do, have alignment that way and trust the process, and, hopefully, get him well soon,” Staley said.

Chase Daniel would be in line to start if Herbert could not go. The 13-year veteran has six career starts, most recently in 2019 for the Chicago Bears.

“My approach (to practice or preparation during the week) never changes regardless of what happens. I think that is what has suited me so well,” Daniel said.

Easton Stick is the third-string QB but has taken only two regular-season snaps in three-plus seasons.

Herbert isn’t the only offensive starter dealing with an injury. Center Corey Linsley (knee) did not practice, while wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) and right offensive tackle Trey Pipkins (foot) were limited.

Starting cornerback J.C. Jackson (knee) also did not practice, and backup tight end Donald Parham (hamstring) was listed as limited.

The Jaguars (1-1) were the first team Herbert beat as a starting QB. He threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns along with rushing for 66 yards and a score as the Chargers won the 2020 matchup 39-29 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow took a page out of Aaron Rodgers‘ book Wednesday while explaining why it’s not time to hit the panic button despite Cincy’s 0-2 start.

“Everyone is frustrated,” Burrow said Wednesday, according to Pro Football Talk’s Myles Simmons. “But … we’re not panicking. Two games in, we’ve got 15 games left. Let’s all just take a deep breath and relax. We’re going to be fine.”

The Bengals entered 2022 with high expectations after reaching the Super Bowl last season but have struggled in their first two games, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime and to the Dak Prescott-less Dallas Cowboys.

Cincinnati is the only team in the NFL that hasn’t had a lead this year.

“We’ve just got to quit beating ourselves, start faster, and then we’ll get more chances,” Burrow said.

He added: “The first game, first drive, pick-6. Next drive, fumble, give them 10 points off the bat, and now we’re playing from behind. Defenses can pin their ears back, play third-down defense, (and) don’t have to get up and challenge us. Same thing next game, we get down 14-3 early, starting in first-and-15s for the first three drives.”

Cincy has particularly struggled in pass protection despite signing three starting linemen during the offseason in guard Alex Cappa, center Ted Karras, and tackle La’el Collins. Burrow has been sacked a league-high 13 times.

“You can go and win on every route, but if you don’t have the protection, it doesn’t matter,” said Burrow, who was also the most sacked quarterback in the NFL in 2021.

“And you can protect for as long as you want, but if you don’t go win, it doesn’t matter. It all works together.”

Burrow has completed 64% of his passes for 537 yards and three touchdowns against four interceptions this season. The Bengals visit the New York Jets in Week 3.

The Washington Commanders face off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, marking the first time quarterback Carson Wentz will play against his former team.

Ahead of the Week 3 reunion, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said he “learned a lot” from playing alongside Wentz in 2020.

“He has a great arm,” Hurts said Wednesday. “He’s a big guy and hard to tackle. He makes kind of crazy plays in the pocket, so I definitely took notice of that when I was a rookie.”

He added, “There’s definitely a mutual respect, and I wish him nothing but the best.”

The 24-year-old took over the starting job in Philadelphia in Week 13 of his rookie season, having replaced Wentz midway through the team’s Week 12 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

When asked if Wentz was a helpful mentor from the sidelines after losing the starting job, Hurts said he’s “focused on the now.”

Hurts started 22 of a possible 23 games since. He had his best game as a pro in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, throwing for 333 yards and one touchdown. He completed 83% of his passes and also ran in two touchdowns.

Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden is retiring from the NFL after 12 seasons, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 33-year-old, who entered the league as a first-round pick in 2010, plans to sign a one-day contract to end his career with the Cleveland Browns. He played in Cleveland between 2010 and 2016 before enjoying a five-season stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being released.

Pittsburgh didn’t re-sign Haden after last season, and he started the 2022 campaign as a free agent. Haden denied reports that he rejected a return to the Steelers this offseason.

The Florida product’s retirement comes a day before the Browns host the Steelers on Thursday Night Football.

Haden appeared in 12 games (11 starts) with Pittsburgh last year, amassing 38 tackles and six pass breakups. He allowed a passer rating of 100.1 while in coverage, his worst since at least 2018, according to Pro Football Reference.

The former No. 7 overall pick established himself as one of the NFL’s best corners while a member of the Browns. He earned a second-team All-Pro nod in 2013 and finished his tenure in Cleveland with 377 tackles, 19 interceptions, and one touchdown across 90 appearances.

He appeared in 68 contests with the Steelers, racking up 238 tackles, 10 picks, and one TD.

Haden hangs up his cleats with $121.4 million in career earnings, the second-most of all time among cornerbacks, according to Spotrac.

Police in Las Vegas said Monday they’re investigating allegations that a fan in the stands struck Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray amid celebrations of Arizona’s 29-23 overtime victory over the Raiders.

Murray was high-fiving front-row spectators at Allegiant Stadium following Byron Murphy Jr.’s game-ending fumble return on Sunday when a man appeared to reach out and smack Murray in the face with an open hand.

Video showed Murray appear stunned, but not injured, then attempted to identify the attacker in the mostly happy crowd.

Officer Larry Hadfield, a Las Vegas police spokesman, confirmed that a battery complaint was made about 6:30 p.m. at the stadium. The report was not immediately available.

Hadfield did not name Murray as the reporting person, but confirmed the allegation was that “a spectator at the stadium struck a professional football player.”

Hadfield said a suspect was not immediately identified and an investigation was ongoing.

Cardinals spokesman Mark Dalton declined to comment Monday.

Murray had an outstanding game, leading the Cardinals (1-1) to two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in the final 8:13 of regulation to force overtime.

The victory was Arizona’s first since Murray agreed to a $230.5 million, five-year contract extension. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft after winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2018.