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Biden gets booster, urges unvaxxed to get dosed



Biden gets booster, urges unvaxxed to get dosed

CDC said 25% of eligible Americans have not received any doses

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — “I am over 65,” President Joe Biden said, laughing, as he publicly received his COVID-19 booster shot Monday morning.

Biden, 78, rolled up his sleeve for the booster. He’s one of the millions of Americans now eligible for the additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Anyone 65-and-older or with underlying health risks is eligible, along with those in high-risk jobs like first responders, health care workers and grocery store employees — as long as it’s been more than 6 months since their second Pfizer vaccine shot.

But Biden said there’s something more important than booster shots, and that is convincing the unvaccinated to get the initial immunization.

The CDC said 25% of eligible Americans have not received any doses.

“We know that to beat this pandemic and to save lives, to keep our children safe, our schools open, our economy going, we need to get folks vaccinated,” Biden said in remarks before he received the booster.

Unvaccinated Americans put others at risk, the president said. “That’s why I’m moving forward with vaccination requirements wherever I can.”

However, there is still no date for when Biden’s vaccine mandate for employees of large businesses will take effect.

“We knew it would take a little bit of time, given there are some very understandable and good questions by the business community,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “We want to ensure there’s clarity when they do put out the rules.”

When it does take effect, Republicans — including a group of 24 state attorneys general — are threatening to sue the administration.


Southwest Airlines cancels 145 Denver flights Sunday amid nationwide mess



Southwest Airlines cancels 145 Denver flights Sunday amid nationwide mess

Passengers on Southwest Airlines experienced some turbulence Sunday as the airline canceled more than 1,000 flights nationwide, including nearly 150 flights into or out of Denver, according to the flight-tracking website Flight Aware.

Southwest blamed the mass cancellations on “air traffic control issues and disruptive weather,” in a Facebook post Saturday night. The company said it expected to see a high volume of cancelled flights throughout the weekend as it works to get flights back on track.

Southwest’s representatives did not immediately return a request for comment Sunday, and it was not immediately clear whether staffing shortages or a recent COVID-19 vaccine mandate affected the cancellations.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, the union for Southwest’s pilots, said Saturday that none of its members were participating in a strike or other labor action.

“Our pilots will continue to overcome SWA management’s poor planning, as well as any external operational challenges, and remain the most productive pilots in the world,” the union said in the statement.

Southwest cancelled 1,006 flights across the country on Sunday and 808 on Saturday, according to Flight Aware, including 145 through Denver today and 102 on Saturday.

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook inactive against Detroit due to ankle injury



Vikings’ Dalvin Cook does some work in practice; Michael Pierce still out

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, hampered by a sprained right ankle, was inactive for Sunday’s game against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium.

It marked the second game out of the past three that Cook has missed. He hurt his ankle Sept. 19 against Arizona and sat out Sept. 26 against Seattle before returning Oct. 3 in a 14-7 loss to Cleveland. Cook was affected by the injury, and rushed for just 34 yards on nine carries.

Alexander Mattison got the start at running back for the second time in three weeks. He tied his career high with 112 yards rushing against the Seahawks but had just 10 carries for 20 yards against the Browns.

Also inactive for the Vikings were nose tackle Michael Pierce (elbow), wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (toe), quarterback Kellen Mond, guard Wyatt Davis and defensive end Patrick Jones II.

Making his season debut was linebacker Anthony Barr, who missed the first four games with a knee injury. He had missed 18 in a row overall, including the final 14 games last season due to a shoulder injury.

Inactive for the Vikings were defensive linemen Eric Banks and Jashon Cornell, running back Jermar Jefferson, wide receiver Tom Kennedy, linebacker Jessie Lemonier and cornerback Daryl Worley. Active was tight end Shane Zylstra, a Spicer, Minn., native who was waived Aug. 31 by the Vikings, and was in line to make his NFL debut.

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Watch: Kim Kardashian West pokes fun at family on Saturday Night Live



Watch: Kim Kardashian West pokes fun at family on Saturday Night Live

NEW YORK — Kim Kardashian West, sporting a hot pink catsuit, skewered everyone from her mom’s boyfriend to her famous sex tape and estranged husband Kanye during her first turn hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

“I know, I’m surprised to see me here, too,” she began her opening monologue Saturday after her appearance sparked a back-and-forth on Twitter among fans and detractors. “I mean, I haven’t had a movie premiere in a really long time.”

And she poked more fun at herself, noting she’s more than just a pretty face, “and good hair, and great makeup and amazing boobs and a perfect butt.” One thing she isn’t, she said, is a gold digger, something she had to ask mom Kris Jenner’s boyfriend Corey Gamble how to become.

Noting her sentencing reform work helping to free innocent people from prison as she studies law, Kardashian West said that passion has her following in her attorney dad’s footsteps (Robert Kardashian helped represent O.J. Simpson).

“It’s because of him I met my first Black person. Wanna take a stab in the dark on who it was,” she said, referring to Simpson.

Simpson was acquitted of two counts of murder in the 1994 fatal stabbings of his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, but a civil court jury found him liable and ordered him to pay $33.5 million.

Kardashian West threw in a joke about Kanye’s failed bid for president, and her stepparent Caitlyn Jenner’s bid for California governor.

“I’m here to announce that I’m running. … I’m just kidding,” she smiled.

Kanye accompanied Kim to New York for her SNL appearance on NBC. She filed for divorce in February after six years of marriage. The two, who share four children, have been photographed together several times in recent months.

The musical guest, Halsey, was perfection, accompanied for one song by Lindsey Buckingham on guitar. Halsey tweeted out a photo of herself pumping breast milk backstage before the show. She gave birth in July.

Kris Jenner and sister Khloe Kardashian popped up in a couple of sketches, including one where cast member Aidy Bryant and Kim switched bodies.

In a spinoff of “The People’s Court,” Kim parodied sister Kourtney by playing a bored judge, including her sibling’s penchant for PDA with boyfriend Travis Barker from his lap. She ruled over Kris, Khloe and members of the cast playing Kanye and Kim sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

Kardashian West also doled out gold tokens to Jesse Williams, John Cena and more in a sendoff of “The Bachelorette.” Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, basketball’s Blake Griffin and real life “Bachelorette” competitor Tyler Cameron appeared as well.
Another sketch had Kim playing Jasmine to Pete Davidson’s Aladdin, the latter a version of the Disney character who was jittery over the prospect of “doing sex” with the bombshell princess.

Perhaps the cutest moment? The actual chunk of a dog used as Kim introduced a new addition to her wildly popular shapewear brand Skims — “Skims for thick dogs.”
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Broncos vs. Steelers live blog: Real-time updates from the NFL Week 5 game at Heinz Field



Broncos vs. Steelers live blog: Real-time updates from the NFL Week 5 game at Heinz Field

Joe Nguyen

| Digital Sports Strategist

Digital sports strategist for The Denver Post. Previously he was the online prep sports editor. Prior to that, he covered Adams County and Aurora in the YourHub section. He also writes about beer, professional wrestling and video games.

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Saturday Night Five: Utah gets right, squirmy situations with ASU and WSU, CFP update and showdowns loom



Saturday Night Five: Utah gets right, squirmy situations with ASU and WSU, CFP update and showdowns loom

Reaction to Pac-12 developments on and off the field …

1. CFP check-in

The lightest Saturday of the season in the Pac-12 (three games) nonetheless featured plenty of results, internally and externally, that provide context on what we’ve witnessed thus far and what might await at the finish line.

Oregon State’s eighth consecutive loss to Washington State leaves two teams with fewer than two losses: Oregon and Arizona State.

The situation compares poorly to peer leagues in a sport that increasingly punishes parity and rewards strength at the top.

Number of teams with fewer than two losses across the Power Five:

Big Ten: five (out of 14 teams)
ACC: four (14 teams)
SEC: four (14 teams)
Big 12: three (10 teams)
Pac-12: two (12 teams)

The College Football Playoff has featured two teams from the same conference and a team that finished second in its division, but never a team with two losses.

So the Pac-12 needs the Ducks (4-1) or Sun Devils (5-1) to run the table. And because they wouldn’t play each other until the conference title game, the potential exists for an 11-1 vs. 11-1 showdown in Las Vegas that could produce a playoff contender.

Meanwhile, results elsewhere in Week Six were not entirely favorable to the Pac-12’s playoff push:

— LSU lost badly to Kentucky and is 3-3, undermining the impact of UCLA’s head-to-head win over the Tigers.

— Brigham Young, which has beaten three Pac-12 teams, including Arizona State, lost at home to Boise State.

— Oklahoma survived an epic Red River duel with Texas to remain undefeated.

— Cincinnati avoided a post-Notre Dame letdown and is a serious threat to crash the playoff — and possibly block the Pac-12 out of the semifinals.

— Michigan stayed undefeated with a late win at Nebraska, adding to the number of Big Ten teams in the CFP race.

Bottom line: Oregon remains a smart bet to make the CFP as a 12-1 conference champion with a victory at Ohio State. But ASU’s case isn’t nearly as strong because of the loss to BYU and lack of a marquee non-conference win.

The Pac-12’s path is extremely narrow.

2. Squirmy situation

The same day USA Today broke the news that Washington State coach Nick Rolovich likely is seeking a religious exemption from Washington’s vaccine mandate, his team delivered a 31-24 victory over Oregon State that carries multi-dimensional impact.

It slapped the Beavers with their second loss and prevented OSU from extending its lead in the North.

It gave WSU two consecutive victories and a position just off the pace in the division race.

What’s more, the Cougars’ mid-season upturn could complicate any decision on Rolovich’s future as an unvaccinated leader of the university’s highest-profile entity.

The state of the football program might impact the outcome — or at least the timing of the outcome — if Rolovich’s exemption request is approved and any subsequent separation becomes messy.

It’s easier to terminate a losing coach in the middle of the season, for whatever reason, than a coach with a winning streak.

3. Squirmy situation II

Arizona State provided another impressive performance, dominating Stanford on Friday night to secure its first 3-0 start in conference play since 2012.

At this point, the Sun Devils are the team to beat in the South and perhaps in the conference, and that might not sit well with the conference.

Imagine a team playing for the championship while under NCAA investigation for recruiting violations during COVID. If that’s not a worst-case scenario for the Pac-12, it’s close.

And yet, ASU’s depth chart is plenty good enough: The lines are stout, the playmakers are formidable, the secondary is first rate and quarterback Jayden Daniels is playing at a high level.

Perhaps the NCAA will resolve the case before the season concludes. Maybe it will absolve the Sun Devils of serious wrongdoing.

We’re skeptical of a clear picture emerging by the first weekend in December, leaving the potential for uncomfortable optics in Las Vegas.

Until proven otherwise, ASU is the favorite in the South.

4. Utah’s course correction

We would describe Utah’s first-ever victory in the L.A. Coliseum as a get-right win, partly because the Utes were recovering from the depths of despair following Aaron Lowe’s death and partly because they simply hadn’t played well in the previous four games.

The defense was less than dominant, the offense was out of sync, and the quarterback play was wobbly.

That all changed over three stellar hours Saturday evening.

Actually, it changed in less than three minutes.

The Utes scored with 10 seconds remaining in the first half to claim a 21-10 lead, then struck for a touchdown two minutes into the second half for a 28-10 advantage.

At that point, it was over.

Cameron Rising’s efficient performance (306 yards, three touchdowns) was exactly what we expected out of him two weeks ago, in his first start, after that sizzling off-the-bench showing against San Diego State.

The Utes also found a rhythm in the running game with 220-pound sophomore Tavion Thomas, a junior college transfer who might be their next great tailback.

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Real World Economics: Dancing on the edge of a cliff



Real World Economics: Dancing on the edge of a cliff

Once again our nation is caught up in a to-do about the “debt ceiling” and what might happen in the event of a “government shutdown.”

Edward Lotterman

The first is a gimmick, originally enacted as a symbolic gesture in 1917 congressional maneuvers to facilitate borrowing to fund U.S. participation in World War I. Since then it episodically serves as a prop for political street theater, as we’re seeing this month. I don’t know of a single respected economist who thinks it serves a useful purpose, but it never gets abolished

The idea that a failure of our federal legislative process would result in a “shutdown” of government, including an inability to make contractual or statutorily-guaranteed payments, similarly is bizarre to economists. We operate in a mental world of rational human decision-making — that rational elected representatives, faithful to their oaths, would ever be so irresponsible as to end up in this situation boggles all their minds.

Yet here we are.

Most of us economists, I suppose, operate in the same mind-set of denial as the general population: “Oh well, they’ll find gimmicky ways to pull back before real damage is done. After all, that’s what’s always happened before.” That probably is true, as, again, has happened this past week. But this also is the mindset of people who stand on the edges of cliffs to take a dramatic selfie. Only a few ever fall to their mangled deaths. We’re safe — until tragically we’re not.

Politically, both the debt ceiling and government-shutdown threats are bargaining tools, so game-theoretical economists probably can model optimal strategies. These would vary by whichever side occupied the White House and had majorities in each house of Congress. To the extent that there are factions within major parties multiplies the number of players and the number of possible strategies. It also multiplies the ways in which we might slip backwards into the abyss just as we click the shutter.

A shutdown does have potential grave consequences and the ceiling is just a legislative quirk on the path to one.

The basis of the whole situation goes back to requirements in the U.S. Constitution that any outlays of public funds must first be for a use that is “authorized” by enacted legislation. Then specific amounts must be “appropriated” in separate bills.

The first does not always result in the second. North Dakota’s Garrison Diversion irrigation project is a regional example of something that was authorized but for which few funds were ever appropriated. There are many cases where construction of large numbers of ships or airplanes was authorized, but appropriations to build them never happened because circumstances of war changed.

For more than a century, the two legislative functions remained distinct for all spending purposes. However, when Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal proposed Social Security, the legislation that authorized it also included on-going appropriations for whatever amount of money is needed to fulfill statutory benefits due to recipients. The same eventually was true for Medicare, the federal portion of unemployment compensation, SNAP or food stamp foods and Supplemental Security Income. These programs and others thus became “mandatory” spending and are categorized as “entitlements” since law says they must be provided.

Note that this is not true for all aid to the poor. The narrower Women, Infants and Children food program is not an entitlement. Spending on it depends on amounts appropriated and benefits eligibility can be reduced. Ditto for Section 8 rent subsidies.

Also understand that there are contractual commitments to defense contractors or companies building floodways or levees. General Dynamics may sign a multi-year contract to build an aircraft carrier or submarine, but appropriations are made year by year. Yet the Treasury owes the company money for work done and an indemnity if the program is canceled. As a smaller scale, farmers sign up in advance to participate in sundry crop subsidy programs or in multi-year Conservation Reserve contracts that depend on annual appropriations to fulfill the government’s side of the deal.

Finally, and most importantly, there is an ongoing need to pay interest and principal when due on U.S. Treasury “bonds, notes and bills.” These are backed by “the full faith and credit of the United States,” and serve as a worldwide standard for risk-free investments. Even the British defaulted for a time on their WWI borrowings in the interwar years. Nothing is thought as safe as a U.S. Treasury. That is reflected in the very low interest rates at which we borrow.

It is this “full faith and credit of the United States” that is what Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says is at risk if a daring selfie by Congress becomes a disastrous fall.

So what happens when a politically stalemated Congress actually does fail to raise the debt ceiling or appropriate enough money to pay all the existing bills that the country owes?

Initially, government workers can be sent home but given back-pay later. Contractors can wait weeks for payment as can farmers. Social Security and SSI recipients would howl at late deposits as would military and civilian government retirees, but eventually all could get their money. It is not clear whom any political flak would hit.

But it’s financial markets that are the wild card, and here lies the real-world impact. The rest of the world is witnessing an ongoing political train wreck, something unprecedented in our history. Global confidence in the stability of American democracy is at a historic low. The adage that economic dysfunction always is rooted in political dysfunction is widely understood in markets even if seldom articulated.

Moreover, after two decades of artificially low interest rates, first in the aftermath of 9/11 and then in the aftermath of the collateralized debt debacle, many sense that markets already are in the last days of an extended and extensive bubble. Stock and real estate prices are high because of low interest rates that cannot continue forever.

A flame that is part of a rock-concert set may be an entirely-safe, carefully operated prop, but if someone in the back of the arena screams “fire” in a panicked-enough voice, a deadly stampede may occur. There never has been a financial market panic in a major, modern industrialized economy that did not result in an economic/recession, often harsh. There is no reason why anything might be different here and now.

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How one Facebook worker unfriended the giant social network



How one Facebook worker unfriended the giant social network

Less than two years after Facebook hired Frances Haugen to help correct dangerous distortions spilling across its platform, she had seen enough.

The idealism she and countless others had invested in promises by the world’s biggest social network to fix itself had been woefully misplaced. The harm Facebook and sibling Instagram were doing to users was rivaled only by the company’s resistance to change, she concluded. And the world beyond Facebook needed to know.

When the 37-year-old data scientist went before Congress and the cameras last week to accuse Facebook of pursuing profit over safety, it was likely the most consequential choice of her life.

And for a still-young industry that has mushroomed into one of society’s most powerful forces, it spotlighted a rising threat: The era of the Big Tech whistleblower has most definitely arrived.

“There has just been a general awakening amongst workers at the tech companies asking, `What am I doing here?’” said Jonas Kron of Trillium Investment Management, which has pushed Google to increase protection for employees who raise the alarm about corporate misdeeds.

“When you have hundreds of thousands of people asking that question, it’s inevitable you’ll get more whistleblowing,” he said.

Haugen is by far the most visible of those whistleblowers. And her accusations that Facebook’s platforms harm children and incite political violence — backed up by thousands of pages of the company’s own research — may well be the most damning.

But she is just the latest to join in a growing list of workers from across tech determined to speak out. Nearly all are women, and observers say that’s no coincidence.

Even after making inroads, women and especially women of color remain outsiders in the heavily male tech sector, said Ellen Pao, an executive who sued Silicon Valley investment firm Kleiner Perkins in 2012 for gender discrimination.

That status positions them to be more critical and see “some of the systemic issues in a way that people who are part of the system and who are benefiting from it the most and who are entrenched in it, may not be able to process,” she said.

In recent years, workers at companies including Google, Pinterest, Uber and Theranos, as well as others from Facebook, have sounded alarms about what they say are gross abuses of power by those in control.

Their new outspokenness is ruffling an industry that touts its power to improve society, while earning billions. Workers, many well educated and highly paid, have long embraced that ethic. But for a growing number, faith in the company line is fading.

Still, there is a difference between stewing about your company’s failings and revealing them to the world. There is a price to be paid, and Haugen certainly knew that.

“It absolutely is terrifying, terrifying to get to the point of doing what she did. And you know that the moment you start your testimony, your life is going to change,” said Wendell Potter, a former health insurance executive who blew the whistle on his own industry’s practices.

Since coming before Congress Tuesday, Haugen has receded from public view. A representative said she and her lawyer were unavailable for comment.

The Iowa-born daughter of a doctor and an academic turned pastor, Haugen arrives in the spotlight with sparkling credentials, including a Harvard business degree and multiple patents.

Long before she became a whistleblower, Haugen was something of a local wunderkind.

Raised near the University of Iowa campus, where her father taught medicine, Haugen was a member of a high school engineering team ranked in the country’s top 10. Years later, when the local newspaper wrote about Haugen’s landing at Google, one of her elementary school teachers recalled her as “horrifically bright,” while not at all self-conscious.

In the fall of 2002, she left for the newly established Olin College of Engineering, outside Boston, to join its first class of 75.

Many had declined offers from top universities, attracted by Olin’s offer of a free education to the first arrivals, and the chance to join in creating something new, said Lynn Andrea Stein, a computer science professor.

But the school couldn’t get its accreditation until it began producing graduates, making it a non-entity in the eyes of some employers and presenting a hurdle for Haugen and others like her.

“The Google folks actually threw out her application without reading it,” Stein said.

Stein helped persuade the company to change its mind, sending an email that described Haugen as a “voracious learner and an absolute can-do person” with terrific work ethic and communication and leadership skills.

At Google, Haugen worked on a project to make thousands of books accessible on mobile phones, and another to help create a fledgling social network.

Google paid for Haugen to get a graduate business degree at Harvard, where a classmate said even then they were having deep discussions about the societal effects of new technology.

“Smartphones were just becoming a thing. We talked a lot of about ethical use of data and building things the wrong way,” said Jonathan Sheffi, who graduated with Haugen in 2011. “She was always super-interested in the intersection of people’s well-being and technology.”

Sheffi said he laughed when he saw social media posts in recent days questioning Haugen’s motivations for whistleblowing.

“Nobody puts Frances up to anything,” he said.

While at Harvard, Haugen worked with another student to create an online dating platform to put like-minded mates together, a template the partner later turned into dating app Hinge.

Haugen returned to Google, before moving on to jobs at Yelp and Pinterest, at each stop working with the algorithms engineered to understand the desires of users and put them together with people and content that fit their interests.

In late 2018, she was contacted by a recruiter from Facebook. In recent interviews on “60 Minutes” and with the Wall Street Journal, Haugen recalled telling the company that she might be interested in a job if it involved helping the platform address democracy and misinformation. She said she told managers about a friend who had been drawn to white nationalism after spending time in online forums, and her desire to prevent that from happening to others.

In June 2019, she joined a Facebook team that focused on network activity surrounding international elections. But she has said she grew frustrated as she became more aware of widespread misinformation online that stoked violence and abuse and that Facebook would not adequately address.

She resigned in May, but only after working for weeks to sift through internal company research and copy thousands of documents. Still, she told congressional investigators, she is not out to destroy Facebook, just change it.

“I believe in the potential of Facebook,” she said during her testimony last week. “We can have social media we enjoy, that connects us, without tearing apart our democracy, putting our children in danger, and sowing ethnic violence around the world. We can do better.”

Maybe, but those who know the industry say Facebook and other tech giants will dig in.

“There’s going to be a clamp down internally. There already has been,” said Ifeoma Ozoma, a whistleblower at Pinterest now trying to encourage others in tech to expose corporate misconduct. “In that way there’s a chilling effect through the increased surveillance that employees will be under.”

Within the larger community of whistleblowers, many are rooting for Haugen, praising what they see as her gutsiness, calm intellect and the forethought to take the paperwork that reinforces her case.

“What she did right was she got all her documentation in a row and she did that up front. … That’s going to be her power,” said Eileen Foster, a former executive at Countrywide Financial who struggled to find another job in banking after exposing widespread fraud in the company’s approval of subprime loans in 2008.

Sophie Zhang, a former Facebook employee who last year accused the social network of ignoring fake accounts used to undermine foreign elections, said she was surprised the company had not caught Haugen when she was going through company research. Fierce denials by its executives now betray their unwillingness to change.

“I think they’ve fallen into a trap where they keep making denials and hunkering down and becoming more incendiary,” she said. “And this causes more people to come forward.”

Still, Haugen’s actions could well make it impossible for her to land another job in the industry, said Foster. And if Facebook goes after her legally for taking documents, it will have the resources for battle that a lone employee can never hope to match.

Foster recalls how her boss at Countrywide, an ally, begged her to give it up.

“He said ‘Eileen what are you doing? You are just a speck. A speck!’ And I said, `Yeah, but I’m a pissed-off speck,’” Foster said.

Years later, after enduring villainization by colleagues, rejections by employers and a lengthy court battle over her claims, she knows better. But she does not regret her choices. And she senses a similar conviction in Haugen, though their whistleblowing is separated by a generation.

“I wish the best for Frances,” she said.

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Best CBD Oil for Pets—Top Pet CBD Brands for 2022



Best CBD Oil for Pets—Top Pet CBD Brands for 2022
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With so many CBD brands on the market, it can be overwhelming to find the right product for your pet. We all want the very best for our pets, which adds to the stress of making the right choice. While there are many different options when it comes to brands, it is important to remember that not all CBD is created equally. Differences in the quality of hemp, manufacturing process, and so on could all affect the results that your pet sees from taking CBD. 

When shopping for a CBD brand for your pet, you want to purchase an all-around high quality product to make sure that your pet reaps all of the amazing benefits that quality CBD has to offer. And there are a lot… 

CBD is great at many things and offers a wide variety of health benefits. Research shows that CBD can help dogs and cats with many conditions including arthritis, seizures, pain, anxiety, inflammation, and allergies. A 2018 study published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science found that CBD improved comfort and activity levels in dogs with osteoarthritis, which is an incredibly common condition among dogs and cats of all ages. This is just one of the many studies that indicate how CBD could benefit so many pets.

To help you make the best decision for your furry family member, we’ve compiled a list of the top brands in the US that offer CBD for Pets

Top 3 CBD For Pets – Summary

  1. Petly CBD#1 Pet CBD Brand in the US
  2. Verma Farms – 1st Runner-up
  3. Paw CBD by CBDmd – 2nd Runner-Up

Best CBD for Pets: What’s Factored Into Our Decision?

While we looked at a multitude of factors when compiling this list, here are some of the major things that influenced our decision: 

Quality Ingredients

Quality is very important when it comes to what goes into (or does not go into) CBD. We looked at the quality of the hemp that is used to make these brand’s CBD oils as well as what additional ingredients are included in their products. Safety was our top priority to ensure that your pet doesn’t get exposed to any harmful ingredients. 

Third-Party Lab Testing

Third-party lab testing was a major factor in our ranking process as it ensures that the product actually contains what the brand claims it does. When choosing a CBD product for your pet, you want to check the company’s website for their Certificates of Analysis from a third-party lab. In addition to making sure that their claims are true, third-party lab testing checks for ingredients that could harm your pet.

Product Potency & Variety

Not all pets will need the same amount of CBD, which is why product variety was an important factor in our decision. 

Customer Reviews

Customer reviews provide valuable insight into not only the product but also the company and their purchasing experience. We factored these into our decision as we only wanted to include brands on our list that have plenty of verified and satisfied customers.

Best CBD Oil for Pets – Our Top Choices

Best CBD Oil for Pets—Top Pet CBD Brands for 2022

1. Petly CBD – #1 Pet CBD Brand in US


  • Made using 100% organically grown hemp
  • Top Quality Broad-spectrum CBD
  • Certificates of analysis
  • Human grade, vegan, non-GMO and gluten free
  • Free of unnecessary additives and preservatives
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Top Notch customer service


  • Only one CBD oil potency for cats

Petly CBD sets the highest standard for CBD in the pet industry. Their products are made using 100% organically grown hemp, are broad-spectrum, and are free of unnecessary additives and preservatives which can be harmful to your furry family member. Petly was founded with safety and efficacy at the forefront of their mission, so you can trust that they have not cut any corners in their manufacturing process. 

In addition to having excellent products, Petly also believes in giving back and donates a dollar from every purchase to pets in need. 

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Product Summary

Petly’s CBD oils come in four different potencies. Their CBD oil for cats is packed with 125mg of CBD, while their dog tinctures are packed with either 125mg, 250mg, or 500mg of CBD. All of their products are made using premium broad-spectrum hemp and are full of additional minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and CBC. Like CBD, these other minor cannabinoids have been shown to have a wide variety of health benefits. 

Petly is very confident that their customers will love their products and as a result has a 30 day money back guarantee. Additionally, if your pet loves their CBD oils, you can sign up for a subscription which saves you 25% on each order.

What Customers Are Saying

Petly has hundreds of positive reviews from customers. Customers have reported that Petly’s CBD has helped their pets with a variety of conditions like anxiety and arthritis. The overwhelming majority of Petly’s reviews are 5 star reviews.

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2. Verma Farms – Runner-Up

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  • Made with organic hemp 
  • Pesticide & GMO free
  • Salmon or chicken flavored
  • Naturally and ethically sourced
  • C02 extraction


Founded with a Hawaiian approach in mind, Verma Farms is on a mission to create a better world. Because of these strong values, Verma Farms formulates all of their products with organic hemp and without pesticides or GMOs. They use only the very best ingredients and limit the number of additional ingredients to keep their products safe and healthy for your pet.

Product Summary

Verma Farms offers two different potencies and flavors for their pet CBD oils. Their CBD oils are packed with either 150mg or 300mg of CBD. Made with broad-spectrum hemp, Verma Farms’ CBD oils come in either a Salmon or Chicken flavor, which makes taking their CBD a very pleasant experience for pets. 

What Customers Are Saying

Verma Farms’ customer reviews section is flooded with positive reviews. Overall, customers seem satisfied with the products and company. 

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3. Paw CBD – Very Potent Products

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  • Free 2-3 day shipping on orders over $59.99
  • Affordable pricing
  • High potency products
  • Veterinarian formulated
  • Oils come in natural, peanut butter, or catnip flavors
  • Certificates of Analysis 
  • 60 day 100% satisfaction guarantee


Originally founded as a brand for humans, cbdMD now also offers an impressive product range for pets. Made using USA grown broad-spectrum hemp, cbdMD offers some of the highest potency products on the market at a very affordable price. Their products are created using flash chromatography, which is a fairly unique ethanol-based extraction method. 

cbdMD prioritizes safety and adheres to good manufacturing practices (GMP) which are certified by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Their products are then third-party tested by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified labs.

Product Summary

cbdMD has a fantastic CBD oil product line with many different potencies and flavors. For cats, cbdMD offers two different oils that contain 150mg and 300mg of CBD. Their cat oils come in either a natural or catnip flavoring. For dogs, cbdMD offers five different potencies: 150mg, 300mg, 750mg, 1500mg, and 3000mg. Like their cat oils, cbdMDs dog oils can either be purchased with a natural flavor or peanut butter flavor. 

All of cbdMD’s oils are broad-spectrum, which contains additional minor cannabinoids that could boost your pet’s health.

What Customers Are Saying

cbdMD mostly has five star reviews from verified customers. Overall, customer reviews note positive experiences with the products, brand, and customer experience. 

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How Can My Pet Benefit From CBD?

CBD could provide your pet with many health benefits. CBD research has shown that CBD could help treat a variety of conditions including seizures, arthritis, anxiety, allergies, pain, and inflammation. These studies have also shown that CBD can promote a healthy heart, skin and coat health, and as well as many other health benefits.

Is CBD Oil Safe For Pets?

Yes, CBD oil is safe for dogs and cats. Because it doesn’t really have side effects like with some prescription medications, it can be a great safe alternative to modern medicine for some pets. 

As with all of your pet’s products, you want to make sure to shop from a reputable brand that doesn’t include harmful ingredients in their formulas. Third-party lab tests are essential to ensure that you are purchasing safe CBD products. 

You can always consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about CBD and the effect it will have on your pet’s health.

What Is The Right Dosage For My Pet?

The right dosage varies by brand and the size of your pet. Each brand should give you some guidelines about how much CBD is right for your pet. We recommend starting out slow with a lower dosage and then working your way up to a higher dosage. It may take some time to see the effects of CBD, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t immediately notice any changes after increasing your pet’s dose.

Can My Pet Get High Or Overdose On CBD?

Your pet cannot get high or overdose on CBD, which makes CBD a fantastic natural product to try out if you have some health concerns about your pet. CBD is made from the hemp plant, which legally is required to contain less than 0.03% THC. Regardless of whether you choose a CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, or full-spectrum CBD product, your pet will not get high from CBD.

If your pet ingests more than the dosage they should for your size, they may experience some slight side effects such as diarrhea, lethargy, or disorientation, but it does not pose a health risk for them and side effects should subside within a few hours. 

Can My Pet Take CBD If They Are On Any Medications? 

CBD can interact with the effects of other medications. If your pet is taking any medications, we would recommend checking in with your veterinarian prior to giving them the CBD to make sure that it won’t affect those medications. 


We understand that making decisions about your pet’s health can be challenging, and hope that this article has made your decision a bit easier. We feel confident recommending Petly CBD, cbdMD, and Verma Farms because of the truly great quality products that they offer. Our priority is always safety and efficacy, and we feel that these brands

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Sunday Bulletin Board: “What Do You Mean We Live on the Outside of the Earth?”



Sunday Bulletin Board: “What Do You Mean We Live on the Outside of the Earth?”

Live and learn!

Or: Inside a young mind

From THE GRAM WITH A THOUSAND RULES: “Subject: What Do You Mean We Live on the Outside of the Earth?

“We were sitting on the steps leading down to our sidewalk, the first time I ever remember thinking my mother thought I was a real person rather than a baby. My siblings were playing in the street, and I was sitting on Mother’s lap waiting for Daddy to come home for supper. It was a hazy day, and I could see the sun filtered by the clouds, and on the other side of the sky I could see the moon rising. I looked at Mama and said: ‘The sun and the moon and your eyes all look like the same size.’ She gave me a big squeeze and said: ‘You are a smart little girl.’ I never did figure out why she thought that, but what I do know is: That was the moment when my love for astronomy began.

“My sister Ruth helped it along when she came back from a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago with Uncle Bob. She told me all about the fascinating orrery she had seen in the Planetarium and drew me a diagram of it. ‘What? We don’t live inside the Earth?’ I knew the Earth was round, but I thought the sun and the moon and the stars above us in the sky were all enclosed in this ball we called our Earth. She took the Book of Knowledge’s astronomy book off the shelf and showed me a picture of an orrery so I could understand it better.

“My sister Eleanor was the next one to add to my knowledge when she told me the moon was responsible for the tides on Earth. That was the most laughable thing I had heard so far. She insisted it was true and tried to explain about gravity. This world just became a dangerous place. Ruth had told me we are not safely on the inside of our little snow globe, and if Eleanor was speaking the truth, our Earth with all of us on it was dangling out in space with only a thing called gravity to keep us from tumbling away. I spent quite a few days clutching on to furniture and walls just in case this gravity thing she talked about was true.”

Our ‘trees,’ ourselves

Spaceships and Robots and Stars, Oh My! Division

From Gregory J. of Dayton’s Bluff: “There is a shortage of tree-decorating-worthy holidays between Independence Day and Halloween. After all, what is one going to use for ornaments on a Labor Day tree? Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is tempting, but finding enough decorations would be a real chore.

“However, that period includes First Moon Landing Day (July 20, 1969); Sputnik Day, a.k.a. Birth of the Space Race Day (October 4, 1957); and Birthday of NASA Day (October 1, 1958), and is the time when many space-related science-fiction summer blockbuster movies have been released over the years.

“Put those all together, and what do we get? We get a mash-up of space, science and science fiction that generates more than enough ornaments, heavy on the science-fiction ones, to fill a tree that will fill the gap until it is time to create a Halloween tree.”

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Then & Now (responsorial)

TRIPLE-THE-FUN of Lakeville: “THE HAPPY MEDIUM recently [Sunday BB, October 3] told about his/her dad and how he had cut ice from the lake for their icebox.

“That brought back memories of my dad, who had also cut ice on local lakes. My dad, however, did not cut ice for personal use, but rather cut ice all winter as a part-time job. In today’s jargon, I guess you could say that was his side hustle, although back in the ’50s, it was a job, pure and simple.

“Here is a photo I have showing my dad cutting ice. I believe it was on Lake Phalen sometime around 1950.

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“By the time I arrived, my family had a refrigerator, so we didn’t have to get ice for an icebox. I remember our refrigerator as a short, squat beast with a rounded top that probably had, at best, 2 or 3 cubic feet of interior refrigerated space. And the small freezer compartment had to be defrosted regularly, or it became one solid block of ice. Those were the days!

“Thanks, HAPPY MEDIUM, for bringing back some of those childhood memories.”

See world

Including: Unfamiliar Quotations

HINDSIGHT writes: “I have said to my kids: If you want to know how Grumpus and I thought about things, check the quotes we saved. One source of those powerful little thoughts is Wordsmith, a blog about words. Recently I  saw one by Ann Beattie, a novelist: ‘People forget years and remember moments.’

“That very day, I stepped out on the deck to deadhead some flowers to keep them blooming. One grandiflora petunia, a flashy beauty of purple with white fringes, had gotten so flower-heavy that Grumpus had stuck a tomato cage in the large pot. We set it on the bench. I could drape the plant through the wire frame so the flowers were displayed grandly.

“As I worked to tidy up the plant, removing spent blossoms, I heard a familiar hum. There on the top rung of the cage, a hummingbird landed. Standing there, my face was a mere 18 inches from this delicate, sparkling little bird. I said nothing, and neither did the bird. We looked intently at each other. It was not frightened. He showed his long probing tongue, flickering it out an inch or so beyond that specialized flower-probing beak. Up close, I could carefully examine the layers of glittering green feathers, delicately ruffled along his throat and chest, no iridescent rose color showing on the throat. (Maybe it was a juvenile.) I was up so close to a magnificent living jewel.

“For a few minutes, the tiny bird and I were frozen in time, sharing a moment. Finally, he was gone. Grumpus said that silent communication was the bird telling me thanks for the food, and I was telling the hummingbird thanks for the lovely moment.”

Then & Now

Or: The highfalutin pleasures ’n’ displeasures

AUCTION GIRL of Pine Island: “Subject: The new phone.

“AUCTION GIRL of Pine Island delights in the old, simple, and functional machines which made modern life — like old radios, the 50-year-old toaster someone got as a wedding gift, and, of course, the beautiful and indestructible rotary-dial desktop phone.

“Of all the things in life, that phone was close to perfect; it worked intuitively.

“About seven years ago, one employer required AUCTION GIRL to ‘get a smart phone already.’ So rather than return to big-box-retail purgatory, she reluctantly agreed to get a monthly-payment 3G Motorola from Target.

“It was hard to get a good signal. AUCTION GIRL drove a lot back then and tried it everywhere from Redwood Falls to McGregor.

“The camera, compared to her fantastic Nikon, was sorely lacking.

“Battery life was iffy, especially in subzero temperatures, when you might need a tow.

“Recently, the phone attempted suicide by overheating — in her pants pocket — during a shift at ‘little store on the prairie.’

“Time for a real phone. Who knew it would take two hours at the store to activate and three more at home to ‘migrate’ the data?

“AUCTION GIRL does like to hear Dvořák’s ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’ instead of a generic buzz or that ‘Marimba’ clunk of an iPhone when it ‘rings.’

“It’s weird to see the time and temp displayed without asking. Anyone remember calling time and temperature on the rotary phone for something to do?

“So many passwords to gatekeep a lifetime of data hidden in a cigarette case like this. Should one tell her phone that much?

“AUCTION GIRL never wondered if the rotary phone gossiped with its friends on the party line after she hung up.”

A joke for today

KATHY S. of St. Paul: “Subject: A very childish joke.

“A fellow traveler on an elevator today felt she had to share this joke:

“Why is six afraid of seven?

“Because seven ate nine.

“Note: I did not create this joke. I merely punched the buttons for floors seven, eight and nine.”

Joy of Juxtaposition (responsorial)

JERRY TJADER writes: “Reading the note from KATHY S. of St. Paul about Four Roses bourbon reminded me of an old set of jokes, of which I can only remember one: ‘Your breath is like roses — Four Roses.’”


Leading to: Hmmmmmmmm (responsorial)

OTD FROM NSP: “The sock that disappeared in the dryer is now the Tupperware lid in the cupboard that does not fit any container you have.”

LAWYERGIRL of St. Paul: “”That’s not quite right. None of the Tupperware lids fit any of the containers.”

Band Name of the Day: The Living Jewels

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The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 5: Last-minute moves



The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 5: Last-minute moves

UPDATE: 8:13 a.m. Sunday

Even though we stayed up way late last night watching the best boxing match of the past two decades (Fury-Wilder III via the miracle of free Twitter streaming), we’re up early because of the morning start of Jets-Falcons in London in a few minutes.

The main news for the clash of these two titans is the depletion of Atlanta’s receiving corps with Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage both out. Could be a big day again for former Viking Cordarrelle Patterson. As well as Jets QB Zach Wilson, going against that supple Falcons defense.

A few other moves have already been made for today’s noon games. Detroit running back D’Andre Swift has been cleared to start against the Vikings. But still no word on the big kahuna in that game, the Vikings’ Dalvin Cook.

Also cleared to start today are Cincinnati RB Joe MIxon, Arizona RB Chase Edmonds, and two from Washington, RB Antonio Gibson and WR Curtis Samuel.

We’ll be back later with word on Cook, along with the rest of the early Week 5 roster decisions.

UPDATE: 12:34 a.m. Saturday
It’s another week, and another must-win game for the Vikings. And another questionable designation for star running back Dalvin Cook.

The consensus No. 2 fantasy running back was limited again at Friday’s practice, and it’s very likely he will not be a 100 percent participant when the Vikings play host to the winless Lions on Sunday.

Cook managed only 34 yards in limited duty last week against Cleveland. Will he see much more action in a game the Vikings should win handily in spite of his limitations?

There’s a fighting chance this will be a Kirk Cousins crazy-go-nuts game. And you might want to leave Cook on your bench if you have stronger options.

Even more doubtful is the consensus No. 1, Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey. He returned to practice this week, but he is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.

San Francisco will have to go without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle in its must-win game vs. Arizona. Is Trey Lance worth a gamble? He might prove better as a fantasy QB than a real-life QB on Sunday.

Lots of big names ruled out in the past couple of days: Tennessee wideout Julio Jones, Tampa Bay tight end Rob Gronkowski, Atlanta WR Russell Gage and two Giants receivers, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard.

Players listed as questionable on Saturday morning include Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon, Arizona running back Chase Edmonds, Washington RB Antonio Gibson, Detroit RB D’Andre Swift, Denver WR Courtland Sutton and Miami wideout Devante Parker.

On the positive side, Denver will have Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday in Pittsburgh, as the former Viking passed the concussion protocols.

Meanwhile, big news Friday came out of Seattle, where QB Russell Wilson underwent surgery on his significantly dislocated middle finger. He’ll be out at least the next month, which will prompt an extended middle finger from many fantasy mavens counting on DangerRuss. It should also prompt them to try and find a replacement immediately, instead of waiting for next week’s waiver period.

ORIGINAL POST: 10:03 a.m. Wednesday

The moment came late Sunday afternoon when San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his calf, sending former North Dakota State Bison legend Trey Lance into the fray.

That meant that all five first-round quarterbacks of the Class of 2021 had moved into the No. 1 role with their teams.

Four of the five are expected to start this week, and Lance could make it an uneven five if Jimmy G is unable to go and the 49ers’ torch is passed for at least one week.

What are the fantasy prospects for the five frosh? Depends on whether you’re talking short-term, or the long haul:

Trey Lance (49ers) — Sure, his first two NFL completions went for touchdowns, but Lance hasn’t exactly lit up the stat sheet. He’s 10 for 19 for 162 yards and 3 TDs, and he ran seven times for 41 yards in his relief appearance against Seattle. The Niners desperately need to win at unbeaten Arizona this week, so they will go with Garoppolo if at all possible. Stay tuned.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, right, talks with quarterback Trey Lance (5) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) — The Clemson dude who never lost a regular season game in high school or college is now 0 for ever as a pro. He’s 29th in passer rating and has seven interceptions and five TD passes in his first four games. But at least he wasn’t caught getting a lap dance in a Columbus bar like his coach.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) scrambles from pressure during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Mac Jones (Patriots) — Jones was the last first-rounder back in May, but he has clearly been the No. 1 rookie QB of the fall. While he has only four TD passes, he has completed 70 percent of his passes. And he wasn’t embarrassed in his high-profile matchup in last Sunday night’s Brady Bowl.

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) signals from the line during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Zach Wilson (Jets) — What a difference a week makes. After struggling badly in his previous
two games, the former Brigham Young wiz led the Jets to an upset win over Tennessee, with 297 passing yards and two TDs. In fact, it’s not completely crazy to consider picking Wilson up on waivers this week and starting him vs. Atlanta.

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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson looks to hand off the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Justin Fields (Bears) — The former Buckeye also had a Week 4 revival, albeit vs. the lowly Lions. Fields completed only 11 passes but tallied 209 yards. And that was enough to likely secure another start this week in Las Vegas, unless Andy Dalton becomes suddenly healthy. The world awaits coach Matt Nagy’s next move with bated breath.

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Detroit Lions linebacker Charles Harris, left, strips Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields, right, of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow has been hot, but he will cool off without a sufficient running threat vs. Green Bay. … Philadelphia has pretty much given up on Miles Sanders, and you should too against Carolina. … Same goes for the putrid Miami offense and RB Myles Gaskin vs. the mighty Buccaneers. … Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris will be kept in check by the Broncos. … Chargers RB Austin Ekeler, who starred Monday night, will be less prolific vs. Cleveland on Sunday. … San Francisco tight end George Kittle will continue to struggle vs. the unbeaten Cardinals. … And while you should still start all your Chiefs stars, they will have less-than-glorious stats in their matchup against Buffalo’s No. 1 defense.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) escapes pressure in the pocket during an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

The Kirk Cousins MVP Express, which was derailed last week by Cleveland, gets back on track thanks to Detroit. … Rams QB Matthew Stafford will rebound this week against Seattle’s league-worst defense, and that’s also good for receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. … New Orleans QB Jameis Winston will also look better vs. Washington … It’s OK to put Giants RB Saquon Barkley back in your starting lineup. He’ll continue his revival vs. Dallas … Jacksonville RB James Robinson will run so well against Tennessee that people will forget, for a second or two, the embarrassment that is Urban Meyer. … New England RB Damien Harris, against lowly Houston, will atone for his -4-yard performance against Tampa Bay. … And the Colts should be able to throw well vs. Baltimore, so you can count on WR Michael Pittman.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) scrambles with the ball during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 in Minneapolis. Cleveland won 14-7. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Just as Chicago RB David Montgomery was looking like a star, he injures his knee. He’ll be out 4-5 weeks, so former Chief Damien Williams has a great opportunity to shine. …. Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon is said to be week to week with an ankle injury, so fellow Oklahoma alum Samaje Perine moves up to No. 1 there. … Miami WR Will Fuller has a broken finger, but that offense is too broken to use him anyway. … Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey is stiil out, and players sidelined for a while last week include Jaguars WR D.J. Chark and Saints backup RB Tony Jones Jr,, while Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski remains doubtful, … Players listed as questionable include Rams RB Darrell Henderson, Seattle RB Chris Carson. San Fran running back Elijah Mitchell and tight end George Kittle, Tennessee receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, Steelers WR Chase Claypool, Giants wideout Sterling Shepard, Washington TE Logan Thomas and Rams tight end Tyler Higbee,

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Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery grimaces in pain after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

While high-ranked tight ends have proved disappointing, from George Kittle to Kyle Pitts to Logan Thomas, two appear to be having breakout seasons. Dallas’ Dalton Schultz has effectively emerged as the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiving threat, with 20 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. In Buffalo, Dawson Knox has become a TD machine, reaching paydirt on 20 percent of his targets. His four TDs have him tied for second in the league, trailing only Kupp.

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashaan Melvin (29) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Rams at Seahawks (+2½):
Pick: Rams by 4

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford rolls out during the second half in an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

We’ll be updating our column, based on the latest injuries and innuendo, right up until Sunday’s kickoff. Go to

You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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