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  • New Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks will play Monday night against the

    Chicago Bears despite his pending jail sentence.Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that Kendricks would make his Seattle debut due to major injuries at linebacker. The Seahawks ruled out both of its starting linebackers Womens Nick Chubb Jersey , K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner, due to injuries. Wright is still a week away from returning from minor knee surgery and Wagner suffered a groin injury in Week 1."The background that he has and the instincts that he has and he's been coached really well over the years, he really has a chance to pick it up really quickly and get in there and help us," Carroll said. "He had three really good days and studied like crazy with the coaches and he's ready to help us out."Kendricks playing creates an odd situation for all involved considering his guilty plea last week on insider trading charges in Philadelphia. He's not expected to be sentenced in the case until January and the NFL has yet to impose any discipline meaning he's eligible to play. Kendricks said Saturday he was unsure if he'd have a chance to play this season after being released by the Browns on Aug. 29."It's been pretty hard. It's been very hard. But, I'll overcome this, and I'll overcome just like I've overcome other obstacles in my life," Kendricks said. "Like I said, I'm very blessed to have this opportunity, so I treated it as such. But, football is helping me a lot."Carroll said the Seahawks did extensive homework on Kendricks and there was continued contact with the league office about the potential of the roster move. Carroll said Kendricks deserves a second chance."We have come to learn who he is and what he's all about and how remorseful he was and how he admitted to his mistake a long time ago," Carroll said.How long Kendricks is with the Seahawks will be a lingering question. The league could impose discipline at any time. Seattle also expects to have Wright and Wagner potentially back as early as Week 3 against Dallas."Other teams were interested, but as far as I'm concerned, the Seahawks were the ones that were most interested and that's why I'm here," Kendricks said.Kendricks signed a one-year contract with the Browns in June after winning a Super Bowl title last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was released by Cleveland after the charges were filed.Federal prosecutors said Kendricks used tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals.Prosecutors say his co-defendant, Damilare Sonoiki, was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as receiving perks such as tickets to Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances.Kendricks did not comment about his legal situation on Saturday."As of right now, I have the opportunity and I want to make the most of that," he said.NOTES: Seattle released veteran DT Tom Johnson and signed S Shalom Luani from the practice squad. Johnson was one of Seattle's significant offseason signings to bolster the defensive line, but Carroll said the move was needed for depth in the secondary. Carroll said there was hope of potentially bringing Johnson back later in the season if he doesn't sign somewhere else. ... Seattle listed CB Tre Flowers (hamstring) and G D.J. Fluker (hamstring) as doubtful for Monday's game. Flowers, a rookie, started the opener after Dontae Johnson was placed on injured reserve last week. Once Baker Mayfield summoned the courage, the rookie quarterback looked in time to see Greg Joseph's low Authentic Duke Johnson Jersey , line-drive kick somehow go through the uprights.Mayfield's mouth opened in disbelief.The Browns won again.And in this unpredictable NFL season, Cleveland's rapid rise may be the strangest twist of them all.Joseph's 37-yard field goal — a knuckleball the rookie was certain had been blocked — with 2 seconds left in overtime gave Cleveland a 12-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.After Mayfield made a clutch third-down throw to help drive the Browns (2-2-1) into position, Joseph, who was cut by Miami this summer and signed after Week 2 following Zane Gonzalez's release, came through to give Cleveland its first AFC North win in 19 tries."I couldn't decide whether I wanted to look at the kick or not, so I turned around at the last second and saw it was pretty low," said Mayfield, who passed for 342 yards and a touchdown in his second NFL start. "It wasn't a pretty kick but it went in. It also wasn't a pretty win, but it counts."Believe it or not, the Browns are legit.They've played three overtime games in five weeks, and if not for some missed kicks in New Orleans and questionable call last week in Oakland, Cleveland could be unbeaten."We have a team right now that is starting to believe in themselves, and rightfully so," Mayfield said. "I take a lot of pride in the culture change and being positive, always moving forward and doing your job no matter what the situation is. That was big for us."When the final kick sailed through, Browns fans celebrated just the team's second win in two seasons and Joseph, who missed an extra point in the first half, was mobbed by his teammates.It was vindication for Joseph, who also missed a 55-yarder at the end of regulation."I'll never forget anything about this game, the high points and the low points," he said. "It was awesome to see it go through, but I'm here for a reason and I believe I can kick in this league."The Ravens (3-2) had plenty of chances, but Joe Flacco threw a costly interception in the first half and the Browns blocked one of Justin Tucker's field goal tries.In his first start at home, Mayfield threw a 19-yard TD pass to Rashard Higgins, but his biggest play was a 39-yard completion to rookie Derrick Willies on Cleveland's winning drive."Baker just makes plays Womens Myles Garrett Jersey , man, and he knows what to do in tough situations," Browns guard Joel Bitonio said.The Ravens, who got another strong effort from their defense, also had a chance to win it in the final minute of regulation, but wide receiver Michael Crabtree couldn't hold onto Flacco's pass in the back of the end zone."I should have made that catch," Crabtree said. "The game would have been over. I put that on me. If I have to catch 2,000 balls a week in practice, I'm going to have to do that."Tucker then tied it with a 32-yard field goal with 52 seconds left.On their third possession of OT, the Browns started at their own 5-yard line and were at their 18 facing a third down when Mayfield zipped a pass over the middle to Willies, who didn't have any catches coming in and was playing after Higgins went out with a knee injury.Duke Johnson ripped off a 15-yard run and had two more short carries before the Browns sent in Joseph, a college walk-on who was released by the Dolphins after training camp but got a another chance after Gonzalez missed four kicks in a Week 2 loss at New Orleans.Cleveland's win was also the Browns' first in 37 tries on a Sunday, and it gave Jackson his first victory inside the division in three seasons.Flacco finished 29 of 56 for 298 yards and one interception, but Baltimore's offense struggled to get into a rhythm all day."We had our chances," Flacco said. "In these kind of games when you have little chances, you have to be able to take advantage of them. The couple that we had, we probably just didn't execute well."ROOKIE ROLLINGBrowns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward continues to dazzle.The No. 4 overall draft pick intercepted Flacco i n the first half and then blocked Tucker's 48-yard attempt on the final play of the first half.Ward has three interceptions this season, and he's impressed his teammates with his toughness."The dude was everywhere again," Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said. "He's just on top of guys at all times."INJURIESBrowns: Jackson said Higgins will undergo an MRI on Monday. He had three catches for 66 yards and the TD before going out.TURNOVER MACHINECleveland's defense was solid last season, but didn't force enough mistakes. That's changed as the Browns now lead the league with 15 takeaways after recording 13 all last season.FLAG DAYCleveland was called for 10 penalties, while Baltimore was only whistled for four, and one of them came in overtime and wiped out a big run by Alex Collins.UP NEXTRavens: At Tennessee on Oct. 14.Browns: Host the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 14.
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