The Latest: Lions place DE Griffen on COVID-19 list
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Detroit Lions defensive end Everson Griffen was placed on the COVID-19 list a day before he was expected to play a key role against Green Bay. The Lions announced Griffen is on the list created for players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person. Detroit elevated defensive end Kareem Martin and offensive tackle Dan Skipper from the practice squad Saturday. The Lions acquired Griffen from Dallas in October and he has 2 1/2 sacks and three passes defended in five games. Running backs Matt Breida (COVID-19 list) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) were already sidelined.
Vikings trade DE Yannick Ngakoue to Ravens for draft picks
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens for draft picks on Thursday, less than two months after acquiring the fifth-year pass rusher in a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Ravens (5-1) could use Ngakoue to enhance a pass rush that has been productive of late but could use the help. The Ravens are fourth in the league in sacks per pass attempt. “We are excited to add Yannick Ngakoue to our football team,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said. “Yannick is someone who we are very familiar with going back to the draft process years ago.
Rodgers at ease as Packers roll past Vikings 43-34
Davante Adams was predictably the biggest beneficiary, with a career-high, franchise-record-tying 14 catches for 156 yards and two scores. Aaron Jones rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown for the Packers, who posted their highest score against the Vikings since a 44-31 victory at the Metrodome on Oct. 27, 2013. Jaire Alexander, who also recorded a safety on an untouched cornerback blitz in the second quarter, made the bobbling interception. When LG Lucas Patrick (shoulder) was forced out in the second quarter, Jenkins moved back to his original spot and free agent addition Rick Wagner entered at RT. ... DT Kenny Clark (groin) was hurt in the second quarter during Alexander's interception and didn't return.
Jags 'feel good with compensation' from Vikings for Ngakoue
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars never got the first-round draft pick they wanted for pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue. Jacksonville dealt Ngakoue to Minnesota on Sunday in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022. And at the end of the day, when youre a coach and youre sitting there, its almost like you feel like youre in the middle, Marrone said. He will give the Vikings a young, proven pass rusher opposite star Danielle Hunter, one whose work ethic and intensity have always been among the most respected in Jacksonvilles locker room. Jacksonville also selected Ngakoues replacement, Josh Allen from Kentucky, with the seventh overall pick in the 2019 draft and added pass rusher KLavon Chaisson this year.
MONDAY HUDDLE: Cowboys make things harder on themselves
Everson Griffen #97 of the Minnesota Vikings and Armon Watts #96 of the Minnesota Vikings sack Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys put themselves in tough spotIt was another blown opportunity for the Dallas Cowboys to show they can beat a good team Sunday. While the Cowboys have already played and beaten the Giants twice, the Eagles have yet to play the Giants and also get to play the Dolphins. Starting with Sundays contest at Detroit, the Cowboys have serious work to do in order to make the playoffs. The Oklahoma game will be in prime time and ESPNs College Gameday will be on campus, adding to what already should be a raucous atmosphere.