Jets running back Michael Carter is listed as doubtful on the injury report and is unlikely to play against Minnesota on Sunday. John Minchillo/Associated Press

The New York Jets are unlikely to have top running back Michael Carter against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Carter was listed Friday as doubtful for the game after not practicing all week because of a sprained lower left ankle suffered during the Jets’ 31-10 win over Chicago.

“I’m progressing really well, I can say that,” Carter said in the locker room Friday. “We’ll see. I had a really good week. I feel really good.”

Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (groin/illness) is also doubtful, while safety Ashtyn Davis (hamstring) was ruled out.

The Jets, who are 7-4 and in the middle of the AFC playoff race, are getting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins back after he missed two games with an elbow injury. Tight end Kenny Yeboah is also set to return after sitting out two games with an injured calf.

Carter, who has 370 yards rushing and three TDs, assumed the role of lead running back after rookie Breece Hall was lost for the season in October with a torn ACL. Carter is third on the Jets with 28 receptions for 209 yards.


Rookie Zonovan Knight ran for 69 yards on 14 carries and added three catches for 34 yards in his NFL debut against the Bears. It was the most yards rushing by a Jets player in his debut since Matt Snell had 82 in 1964.

RAVENS: Lamar Jackson apologized for his vulgar tweet following Baltimore’s loss last weekend, saying that he was angry and reacted.

Jackson hadn’t been made available since the situation since Sunday.

“I was just reacting at the time. I was mad. I wasn’t thinking about actions,” he said. “It was like, bitter. I was bitter. I feel like you should be bitter after a loss though. No smiles. In fact, the fans should be mad we lost too, but not mad at us. We tried.

“But it happened. I apologize, if I hurt feelings out there.”

After the Ravens lost 28-27 to Jacksonville on Sunday, a fan suggested Baltimore should let Jackson leave via free agency. Jackson responded in a tweet that was later deleted, saying the person “never smelt a football field” and using vulgar language that members of the LBGTQ community said was offensive.


RAIDERS: Running back Josh Jacobs is questionable with a calf injury for Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Jacobs was listed on the NFL’s injury report, and linebacker Denzel Perryman (wrist) and defensive tackle Andrew Billings (fibula) also were questionable.

Jacobs was listed as questionable for last Sunday’s game at Seattle, but was cleared on game day. He went on to rush for 229 yards and two touchdowns, including the 86-yarder in overtime of the 40-34 victory over the Seahawks.

Jacobs also caught six passes for 74 yards in that game as well, giving him 303 yards of offense.

PANTHERS: Owner David Tepper and his real estate company are the focus of a criminal investigation to see if they misused any public money in their failed effort to build a practice facility for the NFL team in South Carolina.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said state agents and local prosecutors are aiding its investigation, and that the probe does not mean that any crime happened.


Tepper’s company denied any criminal wrongdoing and suggested the timing of the announcement might be meant to disrupt a settlement the team reached with York County to repay more than $21 million, an amount roughly equivalent to the sales tax money the project received to improve roads around the facility.

PACKERS: Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari underwent an appendectomy and won’t play in Green Bay’s game Sunday at Chicago.

“What a crazy day,” Bakhtiari tweeted. “Thought I may have strained my abdomen or something this morning, so I brought it up to our team doctor. Next thing I know, I’m having surgery. Did not expect this. Everything went well. Thank y’all!”

BEARS: Quarterback Justin Fields appears ready to start Sunday against the rival Green Bay Packers after missing a game because of an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

Fields was a full participant in practice for the second straight day and was listed without a designation on the team’s final injury report. He missed last week’s 31-10 loss at the New York Jets, but it looks as though he will play when the Bears host the Packers.

It wasn’t all good news for Chicago’s quarterbacks, though. Coach Matt Eberflus said backup Trevor Siemian will have season-ending oblique surgery after he was injured in pregame warmups last week. The veteran wound up starting against the Jets after the Bears announced third-stringer Nathan Peterman would replace him in the lineup and was 14 of 25 for 179 yards with a touchdown and an interception.


STEELERS: Pittsburgh running back Najee Harris expects to play Sunday when the Steelers travel to Atlanta.

Harris practiced Friday for the first time since injuring his abdomen late in the first half of a 24-17 victory over Indianapolis on Monday night. Harris said he “felt good” and sees no reason why he won’t be in the lineup as Pittsburgh (4-7) tries to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Harris walked off the field against the Colts grimacing in pain, though he’s not sure exactly when he was injured. The 2021 first-round pick had run for 35 yards and his fourth touchdown of the season before exiting. The pain grew to the extent that Harris said he went to the hospital for evaluation.

BROWNS: Tight end David Njoku will miss Sunday’s game against Houston with a knee injury, keeping one of Cleveland’s top offensive targets off the field for quarterback Deshaun Watson’s return.

Njoku was officially ruled out following practice after being held out all week. It’s not known when he sustained the injury.

Njoku, who has 41 catches for 464 yards and two touchdowns, recently missed two games with a high ankle sprain.

CHARGERS: Los Angeles will be without three starters on offense for Sunday’s AFC West matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Center Corey Linsley, right tackle Trey Pipkins and wide receiver Mike Williams were ruled out after not practicing this week.

Linsley remains in concussion protocol, and Pipkins continues to deal with an MCL injury to his right knee. Will Clapp is expected to get his third start of the season at center, and Foster Sarell would be the starting right tackle for the second time in four games.

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