Eleven teams this weekend are projected to start a different quarterback with which they started the season. Namely: Lamar Jackson (Baltimore), Jeff Driskel (Cincinnati), Josh Rosen (Arizona), Cody Kessler (Jacksonville), Josh Allen (Buffalo), Chase Daniel (Chicago), Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay), Josh McCown (NY Jets), Nick Mullens (San Francisco), Colt McCoy (Washington), Carson Wentz (Philadelphia). Although it’s possible Joe Flacco (hip) might start for Baltimore, and Sam Darnold (foot) for the Jets. Never mind his season. Kareem Hunt’s NFL career — might have come to a sudden halt. Minutes after the NFL placed the secondyear Kansas City running back on the commissioner’s exempt list on Friday night — meaning he can no longer practise, play or attend games — the Chiefs announced they had waived him. All this, after TMZ earlier Friday posted disturbing video of the defending league rushing champion shoving and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February. Some details of that incident had been known to the Chiefs and the league since February. Numerous reports Friday night said the league claimed it had tried unsuccessfully numerous times to acquire the hotel security video TMZ obtained and made public. In its two-sentence statement Friday night the NFL implied as much, saying its investigation, “which began immediately following the incident in February, will include a review of the new information that was made public today.” Thirty-five minutes after the league issued its statement, Chiefs leaders issued theirs, in which they announced they’ve washed their hands of Hunt for essentially lying to the club: “Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt. At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue. As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately.” Later Friday evening Hunt released this statement: “I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this.” Former Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice never played another down in pro football after security video in 2014 went public of him knocking out his future wife with a wicked punch in a Las Vegas hotel elevator. NFL-leading percentage of Russell Wilson’s third-down throws that have gone for touchdowns. Most QBs are less than 8% in such situations. The Seattle Seahawk QB’s 11 third-down TDs lead the league, and his 114.8 passer rating on third downs ranks second.
The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt on Friday night.