NFL: Jason Witten nixes report

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) warms up before a game against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 12.
(David Goldman / Associated Press)

Jason Witten chuckled when asked about a report that he had expressed interest in the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee and would walk away from the Dallas Cowboys to take over at his alma mater.

The 10-time Pro Bowl tight end said he’ll be on the field when the Cowboys play the Washington Redskins on Thursday night, and possibly for a few years to come.

“Coaching is something I can see myself down the road having one of those opportunities,” Witten said Monday. “But right now, I’m all in with this team.”

Witten has a relationship with Volunteers athletic director John Currie, who fired coach Butch Jones two weeks ago and then backed out of a deal with Greg Schiano, but Witten says he hasn’t talked with anyone at Tennessee lately.


Siemian back at QB

Trevor Siemian is the Denver Broncos’ quarterback again after Paxton Lynch’s 2017 debut ended with him in a walking boot and crying on the sideline.

Coach Vance Joseph said Lynch will miss two to four weeks with a high right ankle sprain he sustained in Sunday’s 21-14 loss at Oakland.

Nose tackle Domata Peko may miss a game for the first time since 2009. His 123-game streak is in jeopardy due to a sprained left medial collateral ligament that Joseph expects will sideline him a week or two. The Broncos also are waiting on MRI results on defensive end Derek Wolfe’s neck injury.


NFL suspensions

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree both got two-game suspensions for their fight Sunday.

Injury updates

Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson needs season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, the Detroit Free Press reported. ...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard suffered a hip strain and knee bruise, said coach Kyle Shanahan, who expects to decide between the rookie and Jimmy Garoppolo as his starter by Wednesday. ...

Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril are done for the season with neck injuries, coach Pete Carroll said. Avril will have surgery but Chancellor won’t, said Carroll, who wouldn’t speculate about their futures. ...

Buffalo Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin has torn cartilage in his right knee, the team said. It’s unclear if or when he’ll return. ...

The New England Patriots put tight end Martellus Bennett on injured reserve. ...


Offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (toe) was among four players put on IR by the New York Giants. ...

Raiders receiver Amari Cooper is in concussion protocol.


The Lions signed defensive end Dwight Freeney, who had three sacks in four games for the Seahawks before being waived last week. ...

The Giants were awarded linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong off waivers.

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