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Raiders’ Jon Gruden says his illegal challenge flag was message to NFL

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — While it might have appeared that Jon Gruden did not know the rule for challenging a play late in the first half of the Oakland Raiders‘ 40-33 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Gruden insisted he knew what he was doing when he threw the red flag on the field.

Call it a flag of dissent, then.

Because after replays seemed to show the football hitting the ground on a touchdown catch by Travis Kelce, the play had already been reviewed in the booth, as all scoring plays are, and ruled a score. Plus, the play happened with less than two minutes to play in a half, so it was reviewed for that reason, too. And upheld.

Gruden had been asked if he had “any sense” on whether injured receiver Martavis Bryant might play again this season, and off Gruden went on why he challenged the TD.

“I have no sense, common sense or sense on Bryant,” Gruden said with a smile Monday in his weekly media conference. “I threw a challenge flag with seven seconds left yesterday. I knew exactly what I was doing, by the way.

“It wasn’t a very sensible thing to do. I wanted to challenge (senior vice president of officiating) Al Riveron in New York City because I have people in the press box telling me that’s not a catch. Seeing plays overturned by somebody you can’t even see, I thought, with three timeouts and seven seconds left, I’d use one of my timeouts by giving Al a little extra time to look at that. But I knew exactly what I was doing.”

Yes, the Raiders were docked a timeout for the “unchallengable” challenge, throwing the flag with under two minutes remaining in a half.

After spending the previous nine years in the broadcast booth for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” Gruden is 2-for-4 in challenges this season, a much higher percentage than his career 29-for-81 entering 2018.

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Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys OL, missing first game ever

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For the first time in his career, Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin is inactive as he deals with a sprained MCL in his left knee.

Martin, an Indianapolis native, will be out for the Cowboys’ road game against the Indianapolis Colts in what will be his first missed game at any level — high school, at Notre Dame or in the NFL.

He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Connor Williams.

Martin suffered the knee injury last Sunday against the Eagles and doctors determined that he did not need surgery, but he does need rest to return later this season. Martin wanted to try to play, especially in Indianapolis, where he is from. But the Cowboys are taking the smart approach and now Martin will do something he never has before.

Martin played every game at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, then every game at Notre Dame, then every game with the Cowboys. But when Martin hobbled off the field last Sunday, it meant that he would not get to play in his hometown.

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Fantasy football – NFL Week 15 inactive players for Sunday

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Chad Williams WR ARZ Hammy Q Trent Sherfield gets boost if he can’t go. Ito Smith RB ATL Knee Q Limited practice Friday. Still may play. Joe Flacco QB BAL Hip Q Should be able to backup Lamar Jackson. LeSean McCoy RB BUF Hammy Q Unlikely to play. Ivory is game-time call. Chris Ivory RB BUF Shldr Q Marcus Murphy/Keith Ford tandem? Stephen Hauschka K BUF Hip Q Should be active and kicking on Sunday. Allen Robinson WR CHI Hip Q Practiced fully Friday. Expected to play. Tavon Austin WR DAL Groin Q Hasn’t played since Week 6. Geoff Swaim TE DAL Wrist O Still not practicing after almost a month. Matthew Stafford QB DET Back Q Limited practice. Expected to fight it out. Kerryon Johnson RB DET Knee O Another LeGarrette Blount start. Bruce Ellington WR DET Hammy O Andy Jones/Brandon Powell get bumps. T.Y. Hilton WR IND Ankle Q Game-time call, but not promising. DJ Chark WR JAX Quad O Dede Westbrook might shine again. Josh Lambo K JAX Groin Q Kai Forbath insurance signing this week. Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG Quad O Once again, both Shepards see more value. DeSean Jackson WR TB Thumb O Chris Godwin/Adam Humphries merit looks. Chris Thompson RB WAS Illness Q Expected to be fine in time to suit up. Josh Doctson WR WAS Cncssn Q Finally out of protocol, has been practicing. Jordan Reed TE WAS Foot O Vernon Davis to start in his place.

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Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph defends kicking field goal on fourth-and-1 vs. Cleveland Browns — ‘I wanted points there’

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DENVER — The Denver Broncos went with math over a gut feel Saturday night, and many of their faithful left the 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns talking about a fourth-and-1 on which the team didn’t go for it in the closing minutes as the Broncos dropped to 6-8 and the brink of postseason elimination.

With 4 minutes, 39 seconds remaining, trailing 17-13 and with a fourth-and-1 on the Cleveland 6-yard line, Broncos coach Vance Joseph sent kicker Brandon McManus out for a field goal as boos cascaded down from the stands.

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