World News – CA – Cenovus to Create Canadian Oil Giant with Husky Deal


(Bloomberg) – Cenovus Energy Inc has agreed to buy Husky Energy Inc in a C $ 38 billion ($ 2 9 billion) from an all-equity transaction that will bring together two of the largest players in the struggling oil sands industry in Canada struggling after falling crude prices

The deal will create the country’s third largest oil and natural gas producer and lead to C $ 1 billion in savings, the companies said in a statement on Sunday.After the deal closes, the Hong billionaire Kong Li Ka-shing and CK Hutchison Holdings, the conglomerate he founded and Husky’s largest shareholder, will jointly own around 27% of Cenovus

Like most of their industry peers, Cenovus and Husky are currently losing money following the collapse in oil demand due to the pandemic But even before the devastating impact of Covid- 19, Alberta’s tar sands had already lost their luster due to a chronic lack of pipeline capacity to export crude This has forced producers to accept steep price discounts

Husky shareholders will receive 07845 of a Cenovus share and 00651 of a Cenovus share purchase warrant in exchange for each Husky common share

This represents a transaction premium of 21%, excluding warrants The takeover is valued at CAN $ 236 billion when debt is included

The tar sands are also subject to increased environmental monitoring due to their carbon intensity, which makes deposits more polluting to mine than conventional reserves or shale International oil majors including Equinor ASA in Norway, Total SA in France and Houston-based ConocoPhillips have left or reduced their presence in Canada in recent years

Cenovus’ purchase of Conoco’s oil sands assets in 2017 left the Calgary-based company in heavy debt, increasing its exposure to falling Canadian heavy oil prices. Its shares have fallen 72% since deal announced and 75% over five years Husky shares are down 85% over five years

Purchase of Husky will increase Cenovus production to around 750,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent, up from 475,000 currently. But perhaps more importantly, it will gain significant downstream assets, namely capacity refinery and additional pipeline

This will allow Cenovus to refine and upgrade 70% of its crude at its own refineries The company says it will make it less exposed to Western Canada Select, the local benchmark price, which typically trades at a discount over $ 10 per barrel at West Texas Intermediate, in part due to pipeline constraints

The Merged Company Will Have Positive Cash Flow « From the Start, » Cenovus CEO Alex Pourbaix Said in an Interview According to the press release announcing the deal, the company will break even at $ 36 a barrel for WTI crude This amount has fallen to $ 33 by 2023 WTI closed Friday at $ 39.85

« The combined entity is much more resilient, » said Husky CEO Robert Peabody in the interview « We will get out of debt faster »

Cenovus, which is rated Ba2 by Moody’s Investors Service, aims to be a good quality borrower, executives said on a call with analysts on Sunday The company said the deal would help it create a ‘fast track’ to reduce debt to less than twice EBITDA within 24 months

« No one should be surprised if non-core assets are sold, » Pourbaix said in the interview Husky’s retail business, which includes gas stations and travel centers across most of Canada, is a « we’ll take a look at » division

Cenovus and Husky have entered their merger talks « intermittently » during the pandemic, with a more focused effort to reach a deal over the past two months, Pourbaix said

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, after which Cenovus will have net debt of around C $ 12 billion and C $ 8 billion5 billion committed loans from a large banking syndicate

This is the largest deal in the Canadian oil industry since Husky’s attempt to win a C $ 2 75 billion hostile takeover bid for MEG Energy Corp. Husky abandoned the deal in January 2019 after failing to earn enough shareholder support

The C $ 12 billion in savings include C $ 600 million from reduced capital expenditures and C $ 600 million in reductions in business and operating costs, including reductions in Cenovus jobs will continue to operate under this name, with its head office remaining in Calgary

The tie-up also follows a recent wave of oil and gas deals south of the border that rocked the US shale industry Last week, ConocoPhillips agreed to buy Concho Resources Inc for a $ 9 billion buyout. and Pioneer Natural Resources Co has agreed to acquire Parsley Energy Inc for $ 4.5 billion EQT Corp, the largest producer of US natural gas, is also seeking to acquire rival CNX Resources Corp, people familiar with the matter said last week. / p>

RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities are financial advisers to Cenovus in connection with the transaction and Bennett Jones LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP are its legal advisors Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Capital Markets CIBC Capital are the financial advisers of Husky and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP are its legal advisors

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NFL Week 7 Breaking News (All Time EDT): ___ 3:40 pm Tennessee Titans stage a furious rally in marquee game of the day Undefeated Pittsburgh still leads undefeated Tennessee 27- 24, but the Titans took the lead after trailing 27-7 earlier in the second halfDerrick Henry reduced the lead to three with a 1-yard touchdown with 10:13 left to play This TD came a game after the player was kept alive by a defensive maintenance penalty on the fourth down Several games go into the fourth quarter: Buffalo leads the New York Jets 15-10, New Orleans is 27-24 ahead of Carolina and Cincinnati leads Cleveland 27-24 Atlanta leads Detroit 14-13 Washington is up 25-3 and Dallas, and Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton was assessed for concussion after being hit in the third quarter___ 3:15 pmDallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton made his way to the locker room after dropping his helmet at the end of a third quarter battle with WashingtonLinebacker Jon Bostic was sent off and a 15-yard penalty was imposed after dropping his shoulder and hitting a sliding Dalton in the headIt was a third and tenth play that started at the Cowboys’ 3-yard line James Madison rookie Ben DiNucci came in to replace Dalton, who became the Cowboys starter in place of injured Dak Prescott.Dalton was 9 for 19 for 75 yards with an interception Sunday before leaving Washington leads Dallas 22-3- Howard Fendrich reports from Landover, Maryland___ 2:55 The Buffalo Bills, leaders of the AFC East, still have not reached the zone. goals against New York Jets without a win A long kickoff return gave Buffalo the ball around midfield to start the second half, but the Jets forced a basket attempt Tyler Bass connected 46 yards, but New York still leads 10-9 The Bills have won their first four games, but are now suffering losses to Tennessee and Kansas City Elsewhere, Cleveland tied an all-17 tie with Cincinnati and Houston signed up against Green Bay Texans still lag 21-7 ___ 2:35 pm Showdown between two of the last undefeated NFL teams turns into rout from Pittsburgh to Tennessee Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson and Benny Snell Jr also has a 1-yard TD run as the Steelers took a 24-7 halftime lead against the Titans The Steelers smothered Derrick Henry, who arrived as the leader of the NFL run, and an offense from Tennessee that came in second in the league in points and yards Ryan Tannehill has a TD pass to Corey Davis This was the rare highlight for the Titans, who gave up a 57-yard punt return to Ray-Ray McCloud to prepare for Roethlisberger’s second TD pass Then Tennessee got some bad pressure on a punt, and punter Brett Kern attempted an incomplete pass But Roethlisberger was intercepted to end the half Pittsburgh passed Tennessee 228-83 Elsewhere at halftime the Packers roll in their clash with Houston Green Bay leading 21-0 Buffalo, however, struggles with the Jets winless New York leads 10-6, Cincinnati leads Cleveland 17-10, Atlanta leads Detroit 14-10 and Washington leads 22-3 in Dallas, New Orleans leads Carolina 21-17 at the start of the third quarter- Teresa M Walker reports from Nashville, Tennessee2: 10The Cleveland Browns lost star receiver Odell Beckham to a knee injury but rallied to tie the game at 10 with CincinnatiBeckham was injured trying to make a tackle after quarterback Baker Mayfield threw an interception on his first pass Beckham is unlikely to come back in play Beckham’s injury is another setback for the Browns’ offense, which tight end Austin Hooper is already missing He had his appendix removed on Friday iMayfield threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Bryant to tie the game in the second quarter___ 1:45 pm At 0-6, New York Jets coach Adam Gase said the team were looking for anything that could help them to achieve victoryWell, Gase decided to hand the offensive playcalling tasks over to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains – and that seemed to help give the Jets a bit of a spark.Sam Darnold, making his first start since missing two games with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, paraded New York down the field before the disc stuck in the red zone But, Sergio Castillo threw a 29-yard field goal – his first NFL kick – to give the Jets a 3-0 lead. 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MONTREAL – The Canadian provinces hardest hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic released sobering figures on Sunday, with the total number of cases in Quebec surpassing 100,000 and Ontario registering more than 1,000 cases in one day for the first time since the start of the global epidemic
Despite recording comparable daily counts, the two provinces long at the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in Canada appeared to be on opposite trajectories
Public health experts noted that the high number of long-standing cases in Quebec appeared to be leveling off, while stressing that the coming week will be crucial in bringing the growing number of cases in Ontario under control.
Quebec health officials reported 879 new cases, bringing the province’s total to 100,114 infections The province also recorded 11 additional deaths attributed to the virus, for a total of 6,143
« Comparing the last two weeks, we see that the number of cases is stable, but remains high, » Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube said on Twitter, urging people to make an effort to reduce transmission virus
The province’s recent COVID-19 figures are more encouraging than they were last month, however, said Helene Carabin, professor at the University of Montreal
Carabin said the COVID-19 reproduction number in Quebec, which measures the ability of the virus to spread, is slowly declining – a positive sign that indicates people are following public health guidelines
« The population has clearly understood that in order to limit transmission, you have to be more careful, » she said in an interview.
« We are going in the right direction, unlike in September Now what this tells us is that we will probably continue to be very careful during the winter months so that it does not creep up. »
Dr Theresa Tam, the senior public health official in Canada, said in a statement on Sunday that a « resurgence » of COVID-19 was continuing across the country
Tam said it was concerning Canada has yet to see the full impact of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, as hospitalizations and deaths are generally lower than the number of cases
Canada reported 215,879 total COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 9,940 deaths
Manitoba announced 161 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and the deaths of four people – two of whom were linked to an outbreak at a long-term care home in Winnipeg where 17 people have now died
Newfoundland and Labrador public health officials reported one new case of COVID-19, while New Brunswick officials reported two new infections and two more deaths
In Ontario, which recorded more than 1,000 new cases in a 24-hour period Sunday for the first time since the pandemic took hold, at least one medical expert has expressed concern about the general trend in provincial figures
Province reported 1,042 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the peak of 978 new infections the day before He also reported seven new deaths linked to the novel coronavirus
« Obviously, no one wants to see 1,000 new cases a day, » said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious disease specialist and researcher at Toronto General Hospital
Bogoch said while the cause of the recent spike is not entirely clear, the coming week will provide a critical window to assess the province’s progress in tackling the pandemic.
« Are we going to start to see a plateau in these numbers, reflecting successful implementation of the policy in Ontario hot spots, » Bogoch asked, referring to large metropolitan areas where the bulk of the latest cases of the province were concentrated
« Or will we see continued growth in the number of new cases per day? »
Ontario and Quebec have reimposed restrictions in recent weeks in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus during the second wave of the pandemic
Several regions of Quebec, including Montreal and Quebec, have been placed under the highest COVID-19 alert level, which has forced the closure of bars and other public places
Quebecers in high risk areas have also been told to avoid seeing people who do not live in their household.
In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford has pledged to provide an update Monday on whether Halton and Durham regions will join Toronto, Peel, Ottawa and York in « modified second stage » of economic reopening plan of the province
Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people in Stage 2 regions, and gymnasiums, casinos, cinemas and other venues in these areas should also be closed
Public health officials across Canada have urged people to be more vigilant during the second wave of the pandemic, as colder weather pushes people indoors
In her statement, Tam said flu and other respiratory infections put additional strain on hospitals during the fall and winter months, making it even more important to consider preventive measures.
“Right now, doing what is best to keep our family, friends and community safe means staying safely apart,” she said.
Sunday, 278 people were hospitalized in Ontario because of the virus, including 79 in intensive care In Quebec, 551 hospitalizations were recorded, including 97 in intensive care
—With files from Holly McKenzie-Sutter in Toronto, Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton and Michael MacDonald in Halifax
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 25, 2020

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Kent Simpson says that even after 15 years running a pet cemetery can be a little scary at times, but the rewards far outweigh the occasional chill he feels when he hears the rustle of bushes there. In fact, he said he found the graveyard « calming », and that it certainly brought comfort and closure to pet owners.There are approximately 40 animals buried at Angels Haven Pet Crematorium and Cemetery in Summerside, including dogs, cats, rabbits, rats and even parakeets. Many graves are decorated and decorated with plaques « I always thought animals should be put to rest just so people know where they are and not just to get rid of them, » said Simpson.He said many people, especially those who live in apartments or don’t have their own land, will bury their pets at the cemetery. Others may keep the ashes in an urn or spread them in a flower bed or at the beach Anyway, it’s a sad time and he often feels the pain of his clients « I shed tears with them They keep me going, a lot of people are really emotional « , he says » People call me at night, old people and they only have their pets left Their children are gone, their husband is dead or something like that and they just want someone to talk « Simpson, an animal lover who has three cats, two dogs and two horses, said some people regularly visit their animal’s grave »There is a couple who ride their bikes every now and then… and they take a little backpack, some sandwiches and a blanket and they go sit there and talk to their pet while they have a little snack » Simpson said running a pet cemetery and crematorium might not be “everyone’s cup of tea.” It requires a license that must be renewed annually Simpson builds small wooden coffins or provides urns in wood or pottery by local artisans It charges between $ 240 and $ 320 for cremation, depending on the weight of the animal There are a few other pet cemeteries and crematoriums on PEje, including Fond Memories and the Caledonia Pet Cemetery “It’s not really a business where you can just take a course in college or something,” Simpson said. “It has to be something that’s in you” And although the horror novel by author Stephen King was able to render the Animal cemeteries scarier than they are, Simpson said it can be a bit unsettling – especially if he has to bury a pet in the dark. »It has been scary at times People will come in and put their pet on and I have to go back to cover it up after they leave » Sometimes it’s later in the evening and at this time of year I’m there and you hear little things, rustling in the bushes, I get annoyed myself, in fact sometimes « More from CBC PEje

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Federation to seek criminal charges against Southlake managementNEWMARKET, Ontario, Oct February 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Patty Coates, President of the Ontario Federation of Labor (OFL), will join members of the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) and the Local of International Union of Service Employees (SEIU) health care outside Southlake Regional Health Center on Monday afternoon as outcry for preventive and punitive measures escalates over the violent injury of two nurses at the scene. work in less than a week What: Gathering of Health Workers Against Violence When: Monday, Oct. 26, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Where: Southlake Regional Health Center, 596 Davis Dr, Newmarket, ON Who: Health workers from frontline and OTF President Patty Coates Quotes: “This employer continues to fail in its legal responsibility to make the workplace safe for its workers. There is no justification for this, end point The s leaders, CEO and board are aware of the issues, allowing violence to occur for more than five years, but they still do not take all reasonable precautions to protect their employees They no longer deserve mercy « —Patty Coates, OFL President » York Regional Police to conduct full investigation of Southlake Board of Directors, CEO and managers under Section 2171 of the Criminal Code of Canada It’s the law ”—Patty Coates, President of the OFL“ Premier Ford doesn’t miss an opportunity to call out nurses’ heroes So I ask Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones to please ensure the local police department has the proper training and resources to conduct this criminal investigation into the Southlake leadership or to appoint the OPP to investigate and ensure these heroes finally get justice—Patty Coates, President of the OFL In 2013, a registered nurse was beaten beyond recognition Southlake nurses suffer fatal injuries and it is disproportionately women who suffer the negative physical, psychological and economic consequencesJust over a week ago, on October 16, 2020, Southlake pleaded guilty to two charges under the Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) for failing to prevent a violent attack on a woman. registered nurse and security guard It was a lenient plea deal as Southlake was charged with nine counts under the OHSA in January Nurses decried the deal as an insufficient ‘slap on the wrist’ to motivate this employer to stop reoffending frontline healthcare workers demand immediate action from employer and government As of March 31, 2004, Section 2171 of the Criminal Code of Canada has made it a legal obligation that all persons who run a job or who have power directing work must take reasonable steps to prevent bodily injury arising from the work – including violence: « 2171 Anyone who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct the way another person works or performs a task is legally bound to take reasonable steps to prevent that person or any other person from sustaining bodily harm as a result of that work or task ”—Source: Department of Justice, Canada The amendment also added articles 221 and 222 of the Penal Code which engages the criminal liability of organizations and their representatives for negligence (221) and other offenses (222) —Source: Canadian Center for Hygiene and Workplace Safety (CCOHS) There is currently no Crown Attorney for York Region; According to the Directory of Provincial Government Employees and Organizations (INFO-GO), this position is vacant The Crown Prosecutor would ultimately make the decision whether or not to lay charges under the Criminal Code The Federation of Labor of the Ontario represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario For more information visit http: // wwwoflca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter For more information please contact: Rob Halpin Executive Director Ontario Federation of Labor rhalpin @ oflca l 416-707-9014Cope343

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis appointed 13 new cardinals on Sunday, including Washington DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first black US prelate to win the coveted red hat
In a surprise announcement from his studio window to worshipers standing below in St Peter’s Square, Francis said the clergymen would be elevated to the rank of cardinal in a ceremony on November 28
Francis asked for prayers so that the new cardinals « may help me in my ministry as Bishop of Rome for the good of all the faithful saints of God. »
Gregory’s selection has been hailed by LGBTQ advocates in the United States, days after Pope Francis hit the headlines for expressing support for civil unions for same-sex couples
Other new cardinals include an Italian who is the longtime papal preacher at the Vatican, Rev Raniero Cantalamessa, who is a Franciscan friar; Kigali, Rwanda, Archbishop Antoine Kambanda; Capiz, Philippines, Archbishop Jose Feurte Advincula, and Santiago, Chile, Archbishop Celestino Aos Braco
Another Franciscan who has been tapped is Brother Mauro Gambetti, responsible for the Sacred Convent in Assisi The Pope, upon his election in 2013, chose St Francis of Assisi as his namesake saint Earlier this month the pontiff traveled to this hill town in Umbria to sign an encyclical, or important church teaching document, about fellowship
Gambetti was so surprised, at first he thought the Pope was joking when he heard he was appointed, convent spokesman Rev Enzo Fortunato said Gambetti quickly pledged to « put himself at the service of humanity at such a difficult time for all of us, ”including offering compassion to the needy, said Fortunato in reference to the coronavirus pandemic
In reflection of the Pope’s emphasis on helping those in need, Francis also appointed the former director of Rome’s Catholic charity, Caritas, the Rev. Enrico Feroci, being a cardinal
The prestigious Archdiocese of Washington traditionally carries the elevation to the rank of cardinal, so the Pope’s appointment of Gregory, 73, last year had positioned him to be hired for the honor.
Still, the timing of his rise to cardinal is remarkable, coming in the thick of the increase in US attention to racial injustice following the police murder of George Floyd, a black man, in Minnesota this year. Gregory publicly criticized US President Donald Trump’s visit to St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington a day after civil rights protesters were forcibly evicted from a plaza to facilitate the president’s visit to an Episcopal Church in the US Capital
Gregory got his pulse on factions in the US Catholic Church, which has both strong conservative and liberal veins since serving three times as head of the US Bishops’ Conference
Conservative prelates in the United States have openly lambasted Francis for his more liberal positions, including his support for same-sex civil unions which came out in a new documentary this week
Gregory said in a statement that becoming a cardinal would allow him to work more closely with the pontiff to take care of the Catholic Church
While Gregory led the Atlanta Diocese earlier in his career, he wrote positively in a column about his conversations with Catholic parents of LGBTQ children. An advocate for LGBTQ Catholics, Francis DeBernardo, told The Associated Press that Gregory’s choice for the post of a cardinal meant that Francis wanted « LGBTQ people to be part of the church, and he wants the faithful. respect them  »
DeBernardo linked the nomination to recently reported comments from Francis in favor of civil unions for same-sex couples
He also hailed the elevation to cardinal status of a Vatican bishop who hails from Malta, a tiny, traditionally Catholic nation that has made significant strides in civil rights and LGBTQ protection in recent years.
DeBernardo was referring to Mario Grech, 63, who serves in the Vatican as secretary general of the office of the Synod of Bishops and who once headed the diocese on the Maltese island of Gozo
« Since naming the cardinals also affects who will be the next pontiff, the pope also shows that he plans for the future of the church to continue in this affirmative posture on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity » readS,  » DeBernardo said in a written statement.
Nine of the new cardinals are under 80 and are therefore eligible to elect the next pontiff in a secret conclave Some cardinals run powerful Vatican offices, and pontiffs frequently turn to cardinals for advice.
No details were immediately given by the Vatican on the official ceremony for the appointment of clergymen cardinals, especially in light of travel restrictions involving many countries during the COVID-19 pandemic
As he did in other groups of cardinals that he tapped into his papacy, Francis in this selection reflected the overall nature of the Catholic Church and its flock of 12 billion Catholics.
Among others receiving this honor are Monsignor Marcello Semeraro, an Italian serving as prefect of the Vatican office who directs the process of making saints; Bishop Cornelius Sim, originally from Brunei and Apostolic Vicar of Brunei; the Italian archbishop of Siena and the neighboring towns of Tuscany, Augusto Lojudice; the retired bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, Monsignor Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel; and a former Italian Vatican diplomat Archbishop Silvano Tomasi
Clergymen over 80 who are appointed cardinals are chosen to honor their lives in church service Those in this group too old to vote in a conclave are Cantalamessa, Tomasi, Feroci and Arizmendi Esquivel
David Crary in New York and Elana Schor in Washington, DC, contributed reporting

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Las Vegas offensive line starting Kolton Miller, Denzelle Good, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson are active for the Raiders against Tampa Bay after spending time on the COVID-19 roster this week The four linemen were fired home them on Wednesday because they had « high risk » contact with teammate Trent Brown before he tested positive for coronavirus this week They missed three practices, but were able to come back after five consecutive days of negative testsSecurity Johnathan Abram remains on COVID-19 roster for at least one more day and misses the game Elsewhere in late-afternoon games, Chiefs right-tackle Mitchell Schwartz’s 141-straight start streak, including the playoffs Schwartz didn’t make the trip to Denver because of a back pain The 31-year-old mainstay shared his thoughts on missing his first career debut in an Instagram post on Saturday: « The first time I don’t travel, and i will miss the first game of my career It’s gonna be weird watching tomorrow but there won’t be a bigger Chiefs fan! Working hard to get back there and excited to see the guys keep pushing Go Chiefs !! Mike Remmers will leave for Schwartz Catcher Sammy Watkins (hamstrings) and defensive end Taco Charlton (knee) are also away for Kansas City Kick returner Dionte Spencer (shoulder) is out for Denver, but the Broncos recover three players from injured reserve, including cornerback AJ Bouye with a shoulder injury in the opening game IR’s return, defensive thieves Dre’Mont Jones and DeMarcus Walker The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without four starters against the Los Angeles Chargers Linebacker Myles Jack struggles with an ankle injury, while offensive guard AJ Cann (shoulder), tight end Tyler Eifert (neck) and safety Jarrod Wilson (hamstring) The Chargers are once again without the starting right side of their offensive line with guard duo Trai Turner (groin) and inactive tackle Bryan Bulaga (neck) Turner has only played one game this season and Bulaga has Missing the final three Starting center David Andrews is back in the starting lineup with right guard Shaq Mason, giving the New England offensive line a much needed boost for Sunday’s game with the San Francisco 49ersAndrews spent the last three weeks in the reserve injured due to a hand injury Mason, defensive tackle Byron Cowart and defensive end Derek Rivers have all been activated from the reserve / COVID-19 roster The 49ers will be unsafe to start Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward Tartt injured his groin last week against the Rams and Ward stretched his quads in practice Thursday___KANSAS CITY IN DENVER Chefs: WR Sammy Watkins, RB Darwin Thompson, LB Darius Harris, T Mitchell Schwartz, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, DE Taco CharltonBroncos: QB Jeff Driskel, KR Dionte Spencer, G Netane Muti, TE Jake Butt, TE Andrew Beck, DL McTelvin Agim, LB Jeremiah Attaochu___SAN FRANCISCO IN NEW ENGLAND49ers: QB CJ Beathard, WR Dante Pettis, S Jimmie Ward, S Jaquiski Tartt, CB Parnell Motley, LB Kwon Alexander Patriots: NT Carl Davis, S Kyle Dugger, QB Brian Hoyer, RB JJ Taylor, DB Myles Bryant, TE Devin Asiasi___JACKSONVILLE CHEZ LOS ANGELES CHARGERS Jaguars: G AJ Cann, LB Myles Jack, TE Tyler Eifert, S Jarrod Wilson, QB Jake Luton, CB Luq Barcoo, DT Daniel Ekuale, TE Tyler Davis Chargers: QB Tyrod Taylor, S Alohi Gilman, G Trai Turner, T Storm Norton, T Bryan Bulaga, WR KJ Hill Jr, DT Cortez Broughton___TAMPA BAY IN LAS VEGASBuccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, OL Aaron Stinnie, LB Quinton Bell, DL Khalil Davis, WR Cyril Grayson Raiders: WR Bryan Edwards, CB Keisean Nixon, QB Marcus Mariota , G Patrick Omameh, DE David Irving___PITTSBURGH AT TENNESSEESteelers: QB Josh Dobbs, DB Mike Hilton, FB Derek Watt, DL Carlos Davis, OL Derwin Gray, TE Zach Gentry, DL Isaiah BuggsTitans: CB Joshua Kalu, LB Derick Roberson, LB David Long Jr, OL Daniel Munyer, T Isaiah Wilson, DL Matt Dickerson___CLE VELAND TO CINCINNATI Browns: WR Taywan Taylor, LB Jacob Phillips, G Wyatt Teller, TE Austin Hooper, DE Joe Jackson Bengals: K Austin Seibert, WR John Ross III, CB William Jackson III, RB Joe Mixon, G Keaton Sutherland, TE Cethan Carter___DALLAS TO WASHINGTON Cowboys: G Zach Martin, T Brandon Knight, QB Garrett Gilbert, WR Malik Turner, DE Bradlee Anae, LB Rashad Smith, LB Luke Gifford, S Reggie Robinson Washington: T Geron Christian, WR Isaiah Wright, DE James Smith Williams, WR Robert Foster, LB Thomas Davis, DE Casey Toohill___DETROIT AT ATLANTALions: QB David Blough, CB Desmond Trufant, S Miles Killebrew, OL Logan Stenberg, WR Quintez Cephus, RB Bo ScarbroughFalcons: CB Jordan Miller, RB Qadree Ollison, S Jaylinn Hawkins, T John Wetzel, DT Deadrin Senat___BUFFALO AT NEW YORK JETS Bills: CB Josh Norman, RB TJ Yeldon, WR John Brown, QB Jake Fromm, T Cody Ford, DT Harrison PhillipsJets: WR Jamison Crowder, K Sam Ficken, G Alex Lewis, CB Quincy Wilson, OL Cam Clark, QB James M organ, DL Jordan Willis___CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANSPanthers: QB Will Grier, CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver, G John Miller, OL Mike Horton, WR Marken MichelSaints: WR Michael Thomas, DB DJ Swearing Officer, C / G Nick Easton, OL Derek Kelly II, DL Malcolm Roach___GREEN BAY AT HOUSTON Packers: QB Jordan Love, CB Kevin King, S Darnell Savage, RB Tyler Ervin, RB Aaron Jones, T David Bakhtiari, DL Tyler LancasterTexans: WR Keke Coutee, CB John Reid, LB Peter Kalambayi, T Charlie Heck, TE Jordan Akins___Plus AP NFL: https: // apnewscom / NFL and https: // twittercom / AP_NFLThe Associated Press

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