Friday November 4th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

Week 9 of the NFL season kicked off last night, and the Atlanta Falcons extended their lead at the top of the NFC South with a 43-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rest of the league is dealing with injuries ahead of this weekend's games.

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.

• Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy expects to play Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks after missing last week with a hamstring injury, reports Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News.

• Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston "feels great" despite leaving their loss to the Falcons with a knee injury, and isn't expected to miss any time going forward, reports Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.

Chat Sports: 2017 1st Round mock draft

• Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans is in concussion protocol after leaving Thursday night's game, head coach Dirk Koetter told reporters.

• Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray is expected to play on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers after suffering a foot injury last week, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

• Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith is optimistic that the NFL will grant his reinstatement to the league soon, reports the Associated Press. Smith is set to return from a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Chat Sports: More NFL rumors and news inside the Chat Sports App

• Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said the NFL's television ratings are declining because the league "isn't fun anymore," reports ESPN's Sheil Kapadia.

• The NFL is contemplating adding an eighth official to help protect quarterbacks, senior VP of officiating Dean Blandino told Pro Football Live.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.