San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown will likely miss Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins, but is expected to return this season according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Brown is suffering from a ribs injury that happened on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. He stayed overnight in New Orleans after the game due to the injury.
Sanders had been ineffective in the offensive slug-fest, catching one pass for two yards before leaving due to the injury. The focus will be on Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown to keep the Steelers on pace with a high-powered Lions offense led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
The team will turn to rookie Markus Wheaton in Sanders’ absence. He caught three passed for 26 yards entering Sunday and amassed 38 yards on three catches entering the third quarter against Detroit. He’s a similar receiver with deep threat potential, but it’s unclear whether that will be enough to counteract the Lions offense.
Miami can’t move forward without offensive line help, and it’s an issue that extends beyond Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. The entire Dolphins’ offense breaks down when they can’t throw deep and it turns Mike Wallace into an overpaid deep-speed receiver without any big play potential. This was an unremarkable game against a similarly matched opponent, which is good from a coaching standpoint, but speaks to the larger issues that need to be addressed moving forward.
It’s safe to say the Chargers season is over at this point. Stuck in the AFC West is bad enough, but Sunday’s loss makes it very difficult to project them clawing back into the wild card race. One positive is the play of Ryan Mathews, who has responded to first-year head coach Mike McCoy.