UPCOMING COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, DEC. 25

TAXACT CAMELLIA BOWL

GEORGIA STATE VS. BALL STATE

2:30 P.M., ESPN AND THE ESPN APP

MONDAY, DEC. 27

QUICK LANE BOWL

WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. NEVADA

11 A.M., ESPN AND THE ESPN APP

MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY PERATON

BOSTON COLLEGE VS. EAST CAROLINA

2:30 P.M., ESPN AND THE ESPN APP

TUESDAY, DEC. 28

TICKETSMARTER BIRMINGHAM BOWL

HOUSTON VS. AUBURN

NOON, ESPN AND THE ESPN APP

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 16

SATURDAY, DEC. 25 (CHRISTMAS DAY)

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 4:30 PM (FOX, NFL NETWORK, AMAZON)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 8:15 PM (NFL NETWORK)

SUNDAY, DEC. 26

DETROIT LIONS AT ATLANTA FALCONS, 1 PM (FOX)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 1 PM (FOX)

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM (CBS)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (CBS)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 1 PM (FOX)

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 1 PM (CBS)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (CBS)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, 1 PM (FOX)

CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 4:05 PM (FOX)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

DENVER BRONCOS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT DALLAS COWBOYS, 8:20 PM (NBC)

MONDAY, DEC. 27

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

WEEK 17 NFL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, JAN. 2

ATLANTA FALCONS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 1 PM (FOX)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT CHICAGO BEARS, 1 PM (CBS)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM (CBS)

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS, 1 PM (FOX)

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 1 PM (CBS)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 1 PM (CBS)

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 1 PM (FOX)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (FOX)

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 1 PM (CBS)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM, 1 PM (FOX)

DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 4:05 PM (CBS)

HOUSTON TEXANS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 4:05 PM (CBS)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

DETROIT LIONS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 8:20 PM(NBC)

MONDAY, JAN. 3

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

WEEK 18 NFL SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JAN. 8

TBD, 4:30 PM, ESPN, ABC

TBD, 8:15 PM, ESPN, ABC

SUNDAY, JAN. 9

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS, 1 PM (FOX)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS, 1 PM (CBS)

NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 1 PM (CBS)

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 1 PM (CBS)DA

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS, 1 PM (FOX)

TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (CBS)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 1 PM(CBS)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 1 PM (CBS)

CHICAGO BEARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 1 PM (FOX)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT NEW YORK GIANTS, 1 PM (FOX)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, 1 PM (FOX)

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, 1 PM (FOX)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT DENVER BRONCOS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

TBD, 8:20 PM(NBC)

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-7) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3)

SATURDAY, DEC. 25, 2021 // 4:30 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 12-7

STREAKS: Packers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Packers 27 at Browns 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/20/13: Packers 31, Browns 13

QB BAKER MAYFIELD has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 90.2 rating in 6 road starts this season. Has 0 INTs in 6 of his past 8 starts vs. NFC. Is 1st player in franchise history with 2,500+ pass yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 91 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 road games this season. Has 150+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of past 3 on road. Aims for 3rd in row vs NFC North with 100+ rush yards. Ranks 4th in NFL with 1,017 rush yards & is only player with 950+ rush yards in each of past 4 seasons. RB KAREEM HUNT has rush TD in 3 of his 4 road games this season. • WR JARVIS LANDRY aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 6 catches for 75 yards & TD in only career game vs. GB (10/12/14 w/ Mia.). WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES had 4 catches for team-high 48 rec. yards last week. TE DAVID NJOKU has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. TE HARRISON BRYANT had 1st TD catch of season in Week 15. • DE MYLES GARRETT has sack in 2 of past 3 & TFL in 6 of past 7. Aims for 5th in row on road with sack. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with franchise-record 15 sacks. Rookie LB JEREMIAH OWUSUKORAMOAH had 0.5 sacks & 2nd FF of season in Week 15. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. CB M.J. STEWART led team with career-high 11 tackles & had PD & 1st-career FF last week. CB GREEDY WILLIAMS had season-high 2 PD & INT last week. • GREEN BAY clinched NFC North div. title for 3rd-straight season.

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 132.2 rating last week & became 5th QB with 8+ seasons (8) with 30+ TD passes. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135 rating in 2 career starts vs. Cle. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 home starts. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. • RB AARON JONES had 6th rec. TD of season last week & is 1 of 2 (DERRICK HENRY) with 10+ TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Has 31 TDs (24 rush, 7 rec.) in 32 career home games. Rushed for 145 yards & TD in his last game on Saturday (12/19/20 vs. Car.). RB A.J. DILLON had 3rd rush TD of season last week. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 at home. Needs 90 scrimmage yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 8th rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ rec. yards & 13th in row at home with 6+ catches. Had 10 catches for 84 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Needs 4 catches & 52 rec. yards for 3rd-career season with 100+ catches & 1,300+ rec. yards. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 10 tackles & had 2nd sack of season last week. Has 124 tackles & needs 6 tackles for new career high. LB PRESTON SMITH has 3 sacks, 2 FRs & FF in his past 3 at home. LB RASHAN GARY has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home. CB RASUL DOUGLAS aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT-TD & 5th in row at home with PD.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-6) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-4)

SATURDAY, DEC. 25, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: All-time series tied, 8-8

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Cardinals 16 at Colts 13 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/13: Cardinals 40, Colts 11

QB CARSON WENTZ is 1 of 3 in NFL (KIRK COUSINS & AARON RODGERS) with 20+ TD passes (23) & 6 or fewer INTs (6) this season. Passed for 304 yards & 4 TDs for 128.3 rating in only career start vs. Az. (10/8/17 w/ Phi.). Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 101.8 rating in 6 road starts in 2021. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating & in 2 of 3 starts vs. NFC West this season. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 170 yards & TD last week & is 5th player ever with rush TD in 11 straight games within single season. Can become 3rd player ever with rush TD in 12 straight games within single season. Has 115+ rush yards in 5 of past 6. Leads NFL with 19 TDs (17 rush, 2 pass) & 1,854 scrimmage yards (1,518 rush, 336 rec.) & can become 1st player in franchise history with 20+ TDs & 2,000+ scrimmage yards in single season. RB NYHEIM HINES had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 100+ rec. yards. Leads team with 889 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs & aims for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. WR T.Y. HILTON had 49 rec. yards in last meeting. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had INT, FF & TFL last week. Has FF & PD in 2 of past 3. Is only player in NFL with 3+ FFs (6) & 3+ INTs (3) this season. Is only player since 2000 with 15+ FFs (15) & 10+ INTs (10) in 1st 4 seasons. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 2nd INT of season in Week 15. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with sack.

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 257 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 250+ pass yards in 4 of his 5 home starts in 2021. Is only QB with 3,000+ pass yards, 20+ TD passes & 5+ rush TDs in each of past 2 seasons. • RB JAMES CONNER has 7 rush TDs in 6 home games in 2021 & aims for his 6th in row at home with rush TD. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Ind. (12/27/20 w/ Pit.). Leads NFC with 14 rush TDs. RB CHASE EDMONDS had 53 rush yards last week. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his 4 home games this season. • WR A.J. GREEN had 64 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has TD catch in 4 of his 5 career games vs. Ind. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with season-high 9 receptions for 94 yards & had 5th rec. TD of season last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. TE ZACH ERTZ had 6 catches for 74 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 4+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 70+ rec. yards. • LB CHANDLER JONES had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 2+ sacks. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 11th sack of season last week. LB JORDAN HICKS aims for his 4th in row at home with 7+ tackles. S BUDDA BAKER has 5+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ tackles. S JALEN THOMPSON is 1 of 3 DBs (MINKAH FITZPATRICK & DERWIN JAMES) with 100+ tackles (104) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2021.

More QB issues for Ravens: Huntley misses practice

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Tyler Huntley missed practice Friday for the Baltimore Ravens with an illness, adding even more uncertainty to the team’s quarterback situation heading into this weekend’s showdown at Cincinnati.

Huntley is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, which pits the AFC North co-leaders against each other. Lamar Jackson, who missed last weekend’s loss to Green Bay with a sprained ankle, is also questionable after missing practice this week.

Huntley ran the Baltimore offense pretty well last weekend, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two. If Jackson and Huntley can’t play, the Ravens may need to turn to veteran Josh Johnson, who signed with Baltimore before last week’s game.

The Ravens ruled out guard Ben Powers (foot) for the game and listed receiver Devin Duvernay (ankle) as doubtful. Defensive tackle Calais Campbell (thigh), offensive lineman Patrick Mekari (hand), linebacker Odafe Oweh (illness), fullback Patrick Ricard (knee) and safety Brandon Stephens (illness) are questionable.

Baltimore activated safety Chuck Clark, offensive lineman Trystan Colon and running back Nate McCrary from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Browns activate QB Mayfield, Colts’ Nelson on COVID-19 list

CLEVELAND (AP) Baker Mayfield moved a step closer to playing against Aaron Rodgers on Christmas as the Browns activated their quarterback from the COVID-19 reserve list Friday before leaving for Green Bay.

Mayfield has been out since testing positive on Dec. 15, one of a slew of virus cases the past two weeks for the Browns. He missed Monday’s game against Las Vegas as Cleveland started third-string QB Nick Mullens, numerous backups and lost.

Mayfield hasn’t practiced in nearly two weeks, but coach Kevin Stefanski, who returned earlier this week after his second positive test in two seasons, said Thursday he anticipated Mayfield starting against the Packers (11-3) as the Browns (7-7) try to bolster their flimsy playoff chances.

The virus continued to wreak havoc across the league, forcing teams to make adjustments in the season’s final weeks.

Indianapolis All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson and Jacksonville pass rusher Josh Allen were the most notable new names to go on reserve/COVID-19 lists that seem to change by the minute.

Losing Nelson is a major blow to the Colts, who are hoping to stay in the AFC South race and play at Arizona on Saturday.

Mayfield won’t be cleared until Saturday, when his 10-day quarantine expires. He won’t have to produce a negative COVID-19 test, something he hasn’t done despite being asymptomatic and feeling fine.

Per NFL rules, Cleveland was required to put Mayfield on its roster by 4 p.m. in order for him to be eligible. He’ll travel to Wisconsin separately from the team.

Along with Mayfield returning, the Browns will break in a brand new kicker against the Packers and will be much closer to full strength.

Struggling Chase McLaughlin, who has missed five of his last 11 field-goal tries including a critical 47-yarder in the 16-14 loss to the Raiders, was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list shortly before departed Cleveland.

McLaughlin’s job appeared in jeopardy after his crucial miss, but Stefanski was planning to stick with him before his positive test.

Rookie Chris Naggar was elevated from the practice squad to kick against the Packers.

Also, the Browns activated top wide receiver Jarvis Landry, backup QB Case Keenum, cornerback A.J. Green and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo.

The Packers activated Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kenny Clark from the reserve/COVID-19 list after he was unable to play Sunday in a 31-30 victory at Baltimore.

Green Bay also placed linebacker Chauncey Rivers on the reserve/COVID-19 list, elevated offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen from the practice squad to the active roster for Saturday’s game as a COVID-19 replacement and placed linebacker Ty Summers and wide receiver/kick returner Malik Taylor on injured reserve.

In addition to Allen, the Jaguars (2-12) will be without receiver Laviska Shenault and guard Ben Bartch for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets after the trio went on the COVID-19 list.

Allen’s unvaccinated and will be out at least 10 days, according to current NFL protocol. He also will miss the team’s Jan. 2 game at New England.

The Jets, who have been hit hard this week by the coronavirus, activated wide receiver Jeff Smith and special teams ace Justin Hardee from the COVID-19 list – making them eligible to play against Jacksonville.

New York still has 18 players on the list who are either on the active or practice squad rosters, or injured reserve.

Jets coach Robert Saleh also remains out after testing positive earlier in the week. He needs two negative tests to be cleared to coach the game. If not, tight ends coach Ron Middleton will handle Saleh’s duties.

Saints linebacker and defensive captain Demario Davis was among four players placed on New Orleans’ growing COVID-19 reserve list, which now includes 15 players.

The others added to the list on Friday were right tackle Ryan Ramczyk, reserve running back Dwayne Washington, and safety J.T. Gray, who was selected for the Pro Bowl as a special teams player.

Three assistant coaches also tested positive: offensive line coach Zach Strief, defensive backs coach Cory Robinson and intern Sterling Moore.

Coach Sean Payton, who missed last Sunday night’s victory in Tampa Bay after testing positive, returned to Saints practice Friday in advance of Monday night’s home game against Miami.

Buffalo placed Gabriel Davis on its reserve/COVID-19 list, leaving the Bills without another key receiving threat for Sunday’s big game against the Patriots. Slot receiver Cole Beasley also is on Buffalo’s list.

Davis had two touchdowns and a season-high 85 yards receiving in last weekend’s 31-14 win over Carolina, filling in for Emmanuel Sanders after he was sidelined by a knee injury. Sanders is in position to return after he practiced fully on Thursday.

Buffalo (8-6) is right behind AFC East-leading New England (9-5), but has the tiebreaking edge to clinch its second division title by winning its final three games of the season.

Offensive lineman Cody Ford also was added to the Bills’ reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, and coach Sean McDermott said special teams coordinator Heath Farwell and defensive line coach Eric Washington were in the protocols.

Ford was starting in place of Jon Feliciano, whose status is uncertain after he was placed on the list on Sunday.

Tennessee has placed an offensive lineman on the COVID-19 list three straight days, with left tackle Taylor Lewan joining left guard Rodger Saffold and reserve lineman Kendall Lamm on the list.

Lewan was scratched from Tennessee’s 20-17 win over the 49ers on Thursday night because of an injured back.

But the Titans activated WR Dez Fitzpatrick and defensive back Jamal Carter off the COVID list. Carter is on the practice squad/injured list.

Nick Foles to start at QB for Bears against Seattle

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears will start third-string quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Starting QB Justin Fields suffered an ankle injury on Monday night against Minnesota and missed practice Thursday and Friday. Chicago’s other QB, Andy Dalton, has been out with a groin injury that happened just before he went on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week.

Foles started seven games last year for the Bears, but hasn’t played since Week 10 of last season when he got a hip injury other than a relief appearance last December in a win over Jacksonville. Foles also was named Super Bowl LII MVP with Philadelphia.

Chicago coach Matt Nagy said Friday that recently acquired Ryan Willis could be the QB backup if Fields’ ankle hasn’t healed enough for him to play in case of an injury to Foles.

“His injury has not gotten worse since the beginning of the week, it’s getting better,” Nagy said.

Dalton is off of the COVID-19 list, but Nagy said the groin injury “started feeling a little bit worse” after a practice this week.

Nagy said Foles looked sharp at Friday’s practice.

“I know just the practice we came from right now he really was out there doing a lot of good things,” Nagy said. “You can see the timing.”

NOTES

Defensive end Bilal Nichols has returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list. … Also out for Sunday’s game are Jason Peters (ankle), Xavier Crawford (concussion) and Jakeem Grant. … Marquise Goodwin and Eddie Goldman are questionable, although both have been able to go through full practices the last two days.

Authorities: Washington’s Everett was driver in fatal crash

DULLES, Va. (AP) A passenger in a car driven by Washington Football Team safety Deshazor Everett was killed when the vehicle slammed into several trees and rolled over, authorities said.

The passenger – Olivia S. Peters, 29, of Las Vegas – died at a hospital after Thursday night’s crash along a road near Aldie, Virginia, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Everett, 29, of Brambleton, Virginia, was being treated at a hospital for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening, according to a team statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this tragedy,” the team statement says. “Our team has alerted the league office and is working with local authorities as we continue to gather more information.”

The cause of the crash remained under investigation on Friday. No charges were immediately filed, said sheriff’s office spokesman Kraig Troxell.

Everett, a special teams captain in 2018, is in his seventh season for Washington. He was placed on the team’s reserve/non-football injury list.

Everett has two career interceptions. He has played in 14 games this year, making five solo tackles and assisting on five others.

“The only thing I want to say is that I was very saddened to hear the news,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said Friday. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young lady and also go out to Deshazor and his family as well. It’s a very difficult situation and we’ll let things go on and let the police and the investigation go through and find out what happened.”

Jets’ Saleh prepared to not coach Sunday due to COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) Robert Saleh is holed up in a hotel room with COVID-19, away from his family and football team.

The New York Jets coach says he’s feeling “good,” but has come to grips with the realization he might miss Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I took my test this morning,” Saleh said Friday during a video call. “I’ve got to get two negatives – that would be today and tomorrow. We’re proceeding as if I’m not coaching on Sunday. If I do come up with two negatives, it would be an easy adjustment, but we’re operating as if I will not be there Sunday.”

If Saleh isn’t cleared, tight ends coach Ron Middleton will handle the head coaching duties in a matchup of rookie quarterbacks who were the first two picks in the draft: Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence and New York’s Zach Wilson.

“It’s frustrating, but at the same time, it’s things that everybody’s having to deal with,” Saleh said.

Shortly after receiving his positive test earlier in the week, Saleh called Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, who returned to his team Wednesday after missing Monday’s home loss to Las Vegas because of COVID-19. Stefanski also had to sit out Cleveland’s win at Pittsburgh last season after testing positive.

“I said, `Hey, man, what’s the protocol for this one?'” Saleh said. “He said, ‘Well, everything is going to be fine. It’s all virtual anyway. You’re just going to miss practice, but Sunday is going to be miserable.’

“So, I’m looking for misery.”

The coronavirus has swept through several NFL teams the past two weeks, and the Jets had as many as 20 players on the COVID-19 list this week – including right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, defensive linemen John Franklin-Myers and Folorunso Fatukasi and wide receiver Elijah Moore.

On top of that, the Jets have struggled, going 3-11 in Saleh’s first year and seeing key players on both sides of the ball getting injured.

“Adversity is what shapes everything,” Saleh said. “Obviously, this whole season has been filled with adversity, and why not finish it with a little bit more?”

Saleh, who said four of his seven children tested positive but have no symptoms, has participated in team meetings, which have been held remotely since last week. Middleton has been running the on-field practices all week – with the players who are left on the roster.

“It’s been a smooth operation,” Middleton said. “It’s kind of scary with everything that’s going on and whatnot and all the uncertainty, but people are just going about their business and it’s been pretty good. It’s been very smooth.”

The 56-year-old former tight end and longtime assistant would be serving as a head coach for the first time at any level if Saleh can’t make it.

“You know, earlier in my career, that was the goal. And as you age, your goals change, you take different paths and whatnot,” Middleton said. “But yeah, I’ve always wanted to be a head coach and I just appreciate Robert giving me this opportunity to get a taste of it. It’s been great.”

Middleton and Saleh are preparing to meet remotely Saturday to discuss in-game strategies on things like fourth downs, challenges and other potential scenarios.

“Ron knows this league, he’s an unbelievable man, unbelievable in terms of philosophy and just being able to talk to and bounce some ideas off of,” Saleh said. “He’s been around the ringer. So, there’s plenty of guys on the staff that are qualified for it, but it was just something I chose with Ron.”

NOTES: S Elijah Riley was ruled out for Sunday as he continues to go through the concussion protocol after being carted off the field at Miami with a head injury. … WR Jamison Crowder is doubtful to play with a calf injury that caused him to miss practice all week. … LT George Fant (knee) is expected to return after sitting out last week. … CB Bryce Hall practiced after missing two days with a non-COVID illness. … WR Jeff Smith and special teams ace Justin Hardee were activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

2 more games postponed for No. 5 UCLA amid COVID-19 outbreak

LOS ANGELES (AP) No. 5 UCLA’s men’s basketball home games against No. 6 Arizona on Dec. 30 and Arizona State on Jan. 1 were postponed Friday because of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within the program.

The Bruins (8-1) have not been played since a Dec. 11 victory at Marquette. Five games have been called off and team activities remain paused.

Rescheduled dates for the Arizona and Arizona State games will be announced when they are finalized with the Pac-12 Conference.

Arizona did have a previous postponement rescheduled and now will host Washington on Jan. 3. The Wildcats were scheduled face the Huskies on Dec. 2 in the Pac-12 opener for both schools, but that game was called off due to COVID-19 issues with the Huskies.

Elsewhere, Maryland announced that its Dec. 28 game against in-state opponent Loyola has been called off because of COVID-19 issues within the Loyola program. The Terrapins are looking for a replacement opponent.

Antetokounmpo not on injury report after COVID absence

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo could be returning to action for the Milwaukee Bucks just in time for Christmas, as he isn’t listed on the Bucks’ injury report for Saturday’s game.

That doesn’t guarantee the two-time MVP will be be back on the court for the holiday matchup against the Boston Celtics after spending time in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Milwaukee has gone 3-2 over the five-game stretch without Antetokounmpo. He ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring (27.0) and sixth in rebounding (11.6).

The Bucks’ injury report also doesn’t include forward Bobby Portis, and lists guard Donte DiVincenzo as questionable due to the health and safety protocols.

Portis hasn’t played since Dec. 15 due to the protocols. DiVincenzo hasn’t played since tearing a ligament in his left ankle in a first-round playoff series with Miami last season, but he was expected to make his season debut just before the protocols made him unavailable last week.

NFL STANDINGS DIVISION | CONFERENCE
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS950.6430.03672273-4-06-1-07-2-03-1-01 L
BUFFALO BILLS860.5711.03942434-3-04-3-05-5-03-1-01 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS770.5002.02853125-3-02-4-05-5-03-2-06 W
NEW YORK JETS3110.2146.02504282-5-01-6-03-7-00-5-03 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS1040.7140.03852966-2-04-2-05-4-04-1-07 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS860.5712.03793704-4-04-2-05-4-02-2-01 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS770.5003.02993743-4-04-3-05-4-01-3-01 W
DENVER BRONCOS770.5003.02852434-4-03-3-03-6-01-2-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
CINCINNATI BENGALS860.5710.03693033-4-05-2-06-3-03-1-01 W
BALTIMORE RAVENS860.5710.03343155-2-03-4-05-5-01-3-03 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS761.5360.52913355-2-12-4-05-4-02-2-01 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS770.5001.02923055-3-02-4-04-6-02-2-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS1050.6670.03573266-2-04-3-06-4-04-1-01 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS860.5711.53983004-4-04-2-07-3-03-2-02 W
HOUSTON TEXANS3110.2146.52073721-6-02-5-03-7-03-2-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS2120.1437.51963702-6-00-6-02-7-00-5-06 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
X-DALLAS COWBOYS1040.7140.04012934-2-06-2-08-1-04-0-03 W
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES770.5003.03643082-4-05-3-05-4-01-2-02 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM680.4294.02833513-4-03-4-05-4-01-2-02 L
NEW YORK GIANTS4100.2866.02383313-4-01-6-03-6-01-3-03 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS1040.7140.03782843-3-07-1-06-4-04-1-02 L
LOS ANGELES RAMS1040.7140.03863035-2-05-2-07-3-03-2-03 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS870.5332.53773343-4-05-3-06-5-01-4-01 L
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS590.3575.02822822-4-03-5-02-7-02-3-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-GREEN BAY PACKERS1130.7860.03593026-0-05-3-08-2-03-1-03 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS770.5004.03613424-2-03-5-05-4-03-1-02 W
CHICAGO BEARS4100.2867.02403492-5-02-5-02-7-02-3-03 L
DETROIT LIONS2111.1798.52433662-5-00-6-12-7-01-4-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS1040.7140.04103066-1-04-3-06-4-02-2-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS770.5003.03132852-4-05-3-05-5-02-2-02 W
ATLANTA FALCONS680.4294.02583841-5-05-3-03-7-02-3-01 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS590.3575.02713132-5-03-4-03-6-02-1-04 L

NBA DIVISION STANDINGS DIVISION STANDINGS | CONFERENCE STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN219.70010-611-36-017-67-31 L
PHILADELPHIA1616.5006.06-810-81-610-105-51 L
BOSTON1616.5006.09-67-104-411-94-61 W
TORONTO1415.4836.57-97-64-410-95-51 W
NEW YORK1418.4388.06-118-73-49-153-71 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO1910.65510-49-62-210-77-32 W
MILWAUKEE2113.6180.511-510-86-114-96-42 W
CLEVELAND1913.5941.59-710-63-112-77-31 L
INDIANA1419.4247.011-73-122-48-145-51 W
DETROIT526.16115.03-122-141-64-161-92 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI2013.60610-410-94-114-76-42 W
WASHINGTON1715.5312.58-49-113-411-93-72 W
CHARLOTTE1717.5003.58-49-135-210-84-61 W
ATLANTA1516.4844.08-87-84-39-94-61 W
ORLANDO726.21213.02-115-151-74-182-81 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH229.71012-610-36-012-38-22 W
DENVER1516.4847.08-67-102-48-95-52 L
MINNESOTA1517.4697.59-96-82-311-114-62 L
PORTLAND1319.4069.511-72-121-37-152-81 L
OKLAHOMA CITY1120.35511.06-105-101-29-135-51 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX265.83915-211-34-317-58-25 W
GOLDEN STATE266.8130.516-210-46-114-37-32 W
LA CLIPPERS1715.5319.512-85-73-412-136-41 W
LA LAKERS1617.48511.010-96-81-58-124-64 L
SACRAMENTO1320.39414.07-106-104-59-144-62 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MEMPHIS1914.57611-88-63-215-96-43 L
DALLAS1516.4843.08-87-87-212-84-61 L
SAN ANTONIO1318.4195.06-97-91-38-135-52 W
NEW ORLEANS1221.3647.06-96-122-48-136-44 W
HOUSTON1023.3039.07-73-161-34-133-73 L

NHL CONFERENCE STANDINGS DIVISION | CONFERENCE | WILDCARD
EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING3020644418988010-3-210-3-28-1-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES292171432195629-3-012-4-16-4-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS3118674316108819-3-49-3-35-3-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS3020824220987612-4-18-4-17-2-1
NEW YORK RANGERS301974421886778-3-211-4-26-3-1
FLORIDA PANTHERS29187440171048714-3-04-4-44-5-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS301785391691768-5-29-3-37-2-1
DETROIT RED WINGS311513333148810411-3-24-10-16-4-0
BOSTON BRUINS2614102301371697-5-17-5-14-4-2
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS2814131291291959-3-15-10-02-7-1
11 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS2912125291277956-6-26-6-34-5-1
12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS3010155259821057-7-33-8-21-8-1
13 BUFFALO SABRES3010155258821046-8-24-7-32-5-3
14 NEW YORK ISLANDERS26812622857772-5-36-7-33-3-4
15 OTTAWA SENATORS289172208791015-9-04-8-25-4-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS317213176671095-10-12-11-22-7-1
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD30199240161129210-2-19-7-16-3-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS322012040171149810-7-010-5-08-2-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS32179640151038910-4-37-5-36-1-3
NASHVILLE PREDATORS3019101391889799-5-010-5-18-2-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES31179539151068511-3-26-6-36-2-2
CALGARY FLAMES281576361387624-3-411-4-25-4-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE27178236161159110-2-17-6-17-2-1
EDMONTON OILERS291811036161019010-6-08-5-04-6-0
WINNIPEG JETS30141153313908710-6-14-5-45-4-1
10 LOS ANGELES KINGS3014115331380798-6-26-5-35-3-2
11 DALLAS STARS29151223214828511-3-14-9-15-5-0
12 SAN JOSE SHARKS3015141311578857-7-18-7-05-5-0
13 VANCOUVER CANUCKS3114152301181908-7-16-8-18-2-0
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS301115426872976-6-25-9-24-4-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN30101732310841086-9-14-8-24-4-2
16 ARIZONA COYOTES296212146561092-10-14-11-12-8-0