The Latest: Edelman honors synagogue shooting victims


The Latest on NFL’s Week 15 (all times Eastern):

3:30 p.m.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is paying tribute to the 11 members of a Pittsburgh synagogue killed during a shooting in October.

Edelman, who is Jewish, wore specialized cleats during pregame warmups at Heinz Field. The right cleats featured the Star of David and the hashtag “stronger than hate.”

The left cleat included the logo of the Tree of Life synagogue as well as writing in Hebrew.

Edelman tweeted out a picture of the cleats along with the names of the 11 victims. Edelman told The Associated Press in the wake of the attack he’s heard antisemitic taunts during his career but likened it to fans simply trying to get under his skin.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is also Jewish, visited the Tree of Life on Saturday and later attended services at another synagogue according to the NFL Network.

-Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh


3:05 p.m.

Bills receiver Isaiah McKenzie has been carted off after hurting his lower right leg during a punt return midway through the third quarter of Buffalo’s game against the Detroit Lions.

McKenzie went down on his own and grabbed at the back of his leg following a 10-yard return.

The Bills said McKenzie’s return was questionable.

McKenzie had a team-leading six catches for 53 yards.

Buffalo also announced running back Marcus Murphy would not return after hurting his left arm. Murphy was hurt earlier in the quarter.

– John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.


2:25 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills are down to their final running back after Marcus Murphy was escorted off the field holding his lower left arm.

The Bills announced Murphy’s return was doubtful. He was hurt while being tackled on a 3-yard run late in the second quarter of Buffalo’s home game against Detroit.

At one point, Murphy doubled over in pain while being escorted along the sideline.

The Bills started the game depleted at running back with starter LeSean McCoy and backup Chris Ivory sidelined by injuries.

McCoy hurt his left hamstring and Ivory hurt his left shoulder in a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets last weekend.

The injury to Murphy leaves Buffalo with rookie Keith Ford as their only running back. Ford was promoted off the practice squad earlier this week.

-John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.


2:20 p.m.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has broken Rich Gannon’s franchise record for longest stretch without throwing an interception.

Carr has thrown 14 passes against the Bengals, extending his streak to 277 without a pick, topping Gannon’s mark from 2001.

He’s been lucky: Bengals safety Shawn Williams dropped a ball thrown directly to him on Oakland’s first possession.

-Joe Kay reporting from Cincinnati


2:30 p.m.

Titans running back Derrick Henry has rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries and scored from a yard out in the first half against the Giants.

Coupled with his franchise-record 238 yards rushing effort against Jacksonville 10 days ago, he is the Titans’ first running back to have back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances since DeMarco Murray in October 2016.

That’s unless he goes in reverse the rest of the game.


2:15 p.m.

Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore is questionable to return to the game at Minnesota with an injury to his left ankle.

Gore was hurt during a carry on the second-to-last play of the first quarter, when his leg bent awkwardly beneath the weight of Vikings defenders Anthony Barr and Anthony Harris.

Gore limped slowly off the field and was taken away on a cart after reaching the sideline.

The 35-year-old Gore is the NFL’s active leader in career rushing yards. He’s in his first season with the Dolphins. He hasn’t missed a regular season game since 2010.

-Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis


2:10 p.m.

Falcons linebacker Deion Jones got back in the end zone again.

Jones, in his fourth game back after spending most of the season sidelined by a foot injury, has scored a touchdown for the third time in seven career interceptions.

Jones forced a 7-all tie with Arizona in the first quarter, snagging Vic Beasley’s batted ball from the air and running 41 yards for Atlanta’s second defensive TD of the season.

The third-year linebacker spent the first part of the game covering David Johnson and was in the left flats shading the running back when Beasley tipped Josh Rosen’s pass.


12:45 p.m.

Interim Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski has sure quickly settled in to his new role as the play caller.

The Vikings have scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions against Miami.

Kirk Cousins threw a 13-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs. Dalvin Cook had a 13-yard touchdown run and Latavius Murray added an 18-yard TD run.

This was their highest-scoring first quarter since Oct. 9, 2011, against Arizona. In their last four games, the Vikings totaled only 21 first-half points.

Latavius Murray’s 18-yard TD run capped a seven-play, 70-yard drive and gave the Vikings a 21-0 lead.

Stefanski, the quarterbacks coach, was promoted this week by head coach Mike Zimmer after firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. The Vikings have been held under 285 total yards in four of their previous five games.

-Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis


10:45 a.m.

Washington quarterback Alex Smith has been released from the hospital following multiple surgeries to his broken right leg.

His wife, Elizabeth Smith, posted an update on Instagram on Sunday morning and said she was grateful to have her husband home.

She wrote, “HOME…This last month has been a difficult ride. Our family is beyond happy to have this man with us and home. This experience has given us great perspective and gratitude for all the people and blessings in our lives. We couldn’t have gotten through it without our amazing family, friends and community. A special thank you to the relentless doctors, nurses, techs, hospital administrators, the Snyder family and the Washington Redskins.”

Smith sustained a spiral fracture to his right leg when he was sacked in a game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 18. He underwent surgery the following day to repair his fibula and tibia. NFL Network and Washington’s 106.7 FM reported that a leg infection complicated his recovery and required further procedures.


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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, right, rushes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)