Top 3 NFL headlines for Sept. 24


Jeff Haynes | Associated Press

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Chicago.

By Waleed Alamleh , Sports Reporter

Week three of the NFL season is underway and injuries have caused several teams to scramble for a starting quarterback, including the Chicago Bears. Here’s some of the major news to know before catching the games this weekend.

Quarterback injuries piling up across the NFL

The Miami Dolphins’ second-year quarterback Tua Tagavailoa went down with a rib injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa has already been ruled out for the team’s week three game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said in a press conference Monday. The injury brings into question Tagovailoa’s past injury history and if he can stay healthy moving forward. 

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury that will knock the quarterback out for at least three weeks, according to Texans head coach David Culley. This is Taylor’s third injury in the past four seasons that has caused him to miss time as the starter.

Another quarterback hindered in the past couple of seasons by injuries is Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz managed to sprain both of his ankles in the team’s loss Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. It was the sprain to his right ankle by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald that forced him out of the game with eight minutes left to go. Wentz’s status is still up in the air for this Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. 

Justin Fields getting first start in lieu of Dalton Injury

Excitement is growing in the Chicago Bears fandom with rookie quarterback Justin Fields making his first career NFL start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Fields came into the Bears’ week two game after veteran quarterback Andy Dalton went down with a bone bruise to his left knee. Fields struggled at times in his first regular season game, throwing an interception in the fourth quarter that the Bengals quickly turned into points. Overall, Fields looked comfortable delivering the ball and using his feet to pick up some much needed first downs. 

Not all taunting deserves a flag 

The NFL instructed officials to place more of an emphasis on taunting penalties, specifically standing over opponents. The NFL failed to lay out a guideline for what other actions warranted a flag for taunting. Players are being flagged for all different types of celebrations this year. Texans tight end Jordan Akins was flagged for spinning the ball after a first down. Seattle Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed drew a penalty for looking down while walking away from an opponent. The NFL Players Association said they don’t approve of the new rule.

“For those who aren’t a fan of the new taunting rule, we aren’t either,” the NFLPA said in a tweet.

“Rules like this are adopted through the competition committee, which includes 11 members: 10 selected by the commissioner + 1 NFLPA rep.”