Washington, Texans enjoy road routs

UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions encountered some rather rude guests on Thanksgiving Day.

Antonio Gibson ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns as Washington demolished the Cowboys, 41-16. Dallas trailed just 20-16 until Gibson ripped off scoring runs of 23 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter. His final TD came just seven seconds before Montez Sweat picked off Andy Dalton and returned it 15 yards for a score with 3:24 to play.

Alex Smith was 19 of 26 for 149 yards, one TD and an interception for Washington, which took over first place in the NFC East despite a 4-7 record.

The Cowboys accumulated just 60 yards rushing, with Ezekiel Elliott gaining 32 yards on 10 carries. Dalton completed 25 of his 35 passes for 215 yards and a TD for the 3-8 Cowboys.

In Detroit, Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and the Texans improved to 3-1 since their bye week by outscoring the Lions, 41-25. Watson’s favorite target was Will Fuller, who had six receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the 4-7 Texans.

Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt had a pick-6 in the first quarter. On Detroit’s next snap, Jonathan Williams fumbled and Houston took advantage with Watson’s 2-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Prosise to go ahead 13-6.

Watson was 17 of 25 for 318 yards and no interceptions. He faired better than Matthew Stafford, who was 28 of 42 for 295 yards and a TD.

Adrian Peterson had a pair of scoring runs for the Lions, who dropped to 4-7.


Ravens’ Jackson among latest COVID-19 positives

UNDATED (AP) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple media outlets.

Last year’s NFL MVP is the biggest star to become infected by the virus.

The Baltimore Sun and ESPN both cite unidentified sources in reporting that Jackson was among four more Ravens players to test positive Thursday. Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, joining running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins and defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

Baltimore was supposed to play the unbeaten Steelers Thursday night, but the game was postponed until Sunday. The latest round of positive tests could jeopardize the game being played this weekend.

In other virus-related NFL news:

— Larry Fitzgerald and fellow Arizona Cardinals receiver Trent Sherfield have been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list three days ahead of their road game against the New England Patriots. The 37-year-old Fitzgerald is in his 17th NFL season and hasn’t missed a regular-season game since 2014. He’s started all 10 games this season and has 43 catches for 336 yards.

— The Browns have placed defensive end Porter Gustin on the COVID-19 list, further weakening a group already without star Myles Garrett. Gustin became the third Browns player to be put on the list in the past three days as Cleveland continues to be one of the NFL teams hit hardest by the virus. Gustin, Garrett, fullback Andy Janovich, linebacker Sione Takitaki and defensive end Joe Jackson will miss Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

— The Falcons worked virtually on Thanksgiving after two non-coaching members of the staff tested positive for COVID-19. The Falcons called off practice Thursday and halted all activities at their training center in suburban Flowery Branch, marking the third time this season the team has taken such a step. Positive tests forced the team to work virtually before an Oct. 18 game at Minnesota and a Nov. 8 game against Denver.

— Broncos No. 3 quarterback Jeff Driskel has been placed on the COVID-19 list. It’s not known whether it’s due to a virus infection or being in close contact with an infected individual.


Rams’ leading tackler placed on IR

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have placed leading tackler Micah Kiser on injured reserve. The Rams’ starting middle linebacker will be sidelined for at least three weeks following Thursday’s move.

Coach Sean McVay says Kiser injured his knee late in the Rams’ 27-24 victory at Tampa Bay on Monday night. He has 77 tackles, along with three passes defensed and a forced fumble. The Rams host San Francisco on Sunday.

In other NFL injury news:

— Packers reserve defensive lineman Montravius Adams is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a toe injury. The injury prevented Adams from playing Sunday in a 34-31 overtime loss at Indianapolis. Adams also missed the Packers’ season-opening victory at Minnesota with a toe injury, and coach Matt LaFleur said it’s the same toe that’s bothering the lineman now.

— Tua Tagovailoa’s (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ahz) sore thumb has improved, and Dolphins coach Brian Flores is expressing optimism his rookie quarterback will be able to play Sunday against the Jets. Tagovailoa hurt the thumb on his throwing hand in practice and was limited in practice Thursday for the second day in a row. Tagovailoa was sacked six times before being pulled in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins’ loss last week at Denver.

— Sam Darnold was a full participant at practice Thursday, putting the Jets quarterback on track to start Sunday against the Dolphins. Darnold missed the 0-10 Jets’ past two games with a shoulder injury, his second since October.