Urban Meyer says he will not be Notre Dame’s next head coach.
The Jaguars coach flatly squashed any speculation about his immediate future when asked by the Associated Press Tuesday about the vacancy at Notre Dame created by Brian Kelly’s abrupt departure for LSU.
“I’m not a candidate,” Meyer said on a conference call. “Obviously I spent six years of my life there, so great respect for Notre Dame, and as I do USC, UCLA, like we talked about [earlier in the call]. But I’m committed to the Jaguars and doing the best we can to turn this thing around.”
Earlier Tuesday, a person familiar with Meyer’s thinking said the 57-year-old coach is fully committed to the Jaguars and has no plans to return to college football.
The NCAA’s one-time transfer rule, the burgeoning transfer portal and outside compensation for the use of an athlete’s name, image and likeness have altered college football dramatically since Meyer stepped down at Ohio State following the 2018 season.
Meyer shot down speculation about leaving the NFL for Southern California after the Trojans fired coach Clay Helton in September, and his name was immediately linked to Notre Dame on Monday after Kelly bolted for LSU. Meyer spent five years (1996-2000) as receivers coach in South Bend, Ind., and even called the Fighting Irish a “dream job’' while he was at Florida in 2008.
Neck injury for Giants QB Jones
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has a neck injury, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins is uncertain.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants have not released their injury report and the team had the day off. The person said Jones’s name will be on the report Wednesday.
Coach Joe Judge is scheduled to talk to reporters on Wednesday.
Jones has started every game this season for the Giants (4-7). He was 19 of 30 for 202 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles in a 13-7 win on Sunday.
Jones played every offensive snap against Philadelphia and did not appear to be injured on any play. He spoke with reporters after the game and showed no sign of injury.
Panthers lose cornerback Jackson for season
The Panthers lost starting cornerback Donte Jackson for the remainder of the season to a groin injury. Jackson was placed on injured reserve.
It has yet to be determined if Jackson, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, will need surgery.
The news comes one day after the Panthers announced that running back Christian McCaffrey will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
Jackson was injured in Carolina’s 33-10 loss to the Dolphins Sunday. He was in the midst of another solid season with 61 tackles and two interceptions. His 12 interceptions over the past four seasons are the most of any player selected in the 2018 NFL Draft class.
Browns All-Pro RT Conklin on IR
Browns All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin’s season is officially over: The team placed him on injured reserve, two days after he suffered a torn patellar knee tendon in a loss to Baltimore.
Conklin was playing for the first time since coming off the IR after missing three games. He dislocated his elbow on Oct. 31 in a game against Pittsburgh.
He got hurt Sunday night while pass blocking on the Browns’ second possession against the Ravens. Conklin’s knee collapsed under him as he backpedaled. He struggled walking to the sideline before being carted to the locker room.
COVID outbreak continues to hit Cowboys
Cowboys rookie cornerback Nahshon Wright tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to eight the number of players and coaches sidelined by the coronavirus for Thursday’s game at New Orleans.
Coach Mike McCarthy and five members of his staff won’t make the trip because of positive tests. Wright and right tackle Terence Steele are the two players out. Wright has played sparingly on defense, working almost exclusively on special teams.
McCarthy tested positive Monday and said he was experiencing more symptoms a day later. He coughed periodically during a phone interview with reporters Tuesday. McCarthy is participating in virtual meetings.
Receiver Amari Cooper has been cleared to return to the team’s facility after missing two games following a positive COVID-19 test. But McCarthy said Cooper hasn’t practiced and still wasn’t feeling well. The coach indicated it was unlikely the unvaccinated Cooper would play against the Saints.
Cowboys’ Hill has ban reduced to one game
Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill’s suspension for punching Las Vegas offensive lineman John Simpson after a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Raiders has been reduced to one game.
The NFL suspended Hill two games over the altercation, saying Hill waited nearly a minute to confront Simpson after Las Vegas’ 36-33 overtime victory. Hill knocked off Simpson’s helmet with an open-handed punch.
NFL and players’ union appeals officer Derrick Brooks heard Hill’s appeal Tuesday and ruled in favor of the third-year player. Hill will miss Thursday’s game at New Orleans but will be eligible to play at Washington on Dec. 12.
Titans’ injured reserve list hits 18
The Titans added rookie linebacker Monty Rice to an injured reserve list now at 18 with the team at its bye.
The Titans put Rice on injured reserve and released wide receiver Austin Mack from the practice squad.
Rice hurt his right ankle in Sunday’s 36-13 loss to the Patriots. He was helped off the field in the second quarter and didn’t return.
Blocked extra point is historic
Rasheem Green broke through Washington’s front to block an extra-point attempt, recovered the ball and rumbled all the way to the end zone.
It was good for 2 Seahawks points and a little bit of NFL history.
Green became the first player to block, recover and score for a defensive conversion since the league allowed for the possibility on extra points beginning in 2015. It was the first blocked kick returned for a score since 2019, and the 11th over the past seven season, with seven of those coming on a PAT.
The play turned out to be the Seahawks’ biggest bright spot in a 17-15 loss to Washington, which extended their skid to three games.