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Seahawks’ Wagner says he’s learned from previous injuries

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Stuck at home while out with a groin injury, Bobby Wagner met up with former Seattle teammates Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril to watch the Seahawks' game in Chicago.

Sitting there as his team lost wasn't very enjoyable for Wagner.

"I'm definitely a guy who yells at the TV. I'm calling

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Stuck at home while out with a groin injury, Bobby Wagner met up with former Seattle teammates Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril to watch the Seahawks’ game in Chicago.

Sitting there as his team lost wasn’t very enjoyable for Wagner.

“I’m definitely a guy who yells at the TV. I’m calling out plays and think they’re going to hear you,” Wagner said Thursday.

Seattle’s All-Pro middle linebacker is expected back in the lineup Sunday when the Seahawks host Dallas looking to avoid falling to 0-3 for the first time under Pete Carroll. For the most part, the defense wasn’t the problem on Monday night against the Bears. The Seahawks held them to 271 total yards and only 10 offensive points after Chicago scored on its opening drive.

But having Wagner back will certainly be a boost in what’s essentially become a must-win game just three weeks into the regular season.

Wagner said he was initially injured in the second quarter of the season-opening loss at Denver. He didn’t believe it was going to be an issue until after the game.

Sitting out Week 2 showed Wagner had gained a new perspective after the issues he had with a lingering hamstring injury last season.

Wagner wouldn’t sit a year ago to let his hamstring have at least a week off to get better. The result was a muscle injury that got worse until Wagner was on the field unsuccessfully trying to play on one leg.

“Last year I was kind of in the same situation with my hamstring and I can say I didn’t necessarily trust the trainers in that situation and it kind of lingered for the last eight games,” he said. “It wasn’t something I wanted to do again so I made the grown up decision and did the right thing this time.”

Asked why he was so stubborn a year ago, Wagner said he believed he could play through the injury and still contribute at a high level. It wasn’t until Seattle’s Week 14 loss at Jacksonville that it became a significant issue and it was completely evident a week later in a blowout loss to the Rams.

“I felt like I fared pretty well up until the Jacksonville game. I think that’s when it really got worse and it kind of lingered into the Rams game, which if you watch the film you see it,” Wagner said. “Kind of dealing with that I didn’t want to do that again and was smarter this time.”

An unintended benefit of Wagner’s injury this season was the opportunity for Austin Calitro to make his first start. Seattle has struggled to find a clear backup for Wagner since his rookie season, at times shifting K.J. Wright into the middle for games Wagner has missed. Calitro received positive reviews from his first start, and has now played significant snaps at two linebacker positions in the first two weeks.

“He played a really good football game and it’s more than just the plays and getting lined up and all,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It was making the calls, handling situations, handling the adjustments that we made during the game, communicating to guys around him. He played like a veteran player and I was really pleased with that.”

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Browns Missing Starting LB Kirksey for Matchup with Jets

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns starting linebacker Christian Kirksey will sit out Thursday night's game against the New York Jets with an ankle injury.

One of Cleveland's captains, Kirksey also missed last week's game at New Orleans, the first time he sat out a game in his NFL career after playing in 65 straight. James Burgess

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns starting linebacker Christian Kirksey will sit out Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets with an ankle injury.

One of Cleveland’s captains, Kirksey also missed last week’s game at New Orleans, the first time he sat out a game in his NFL career after playing in 65 straight. James Burgess will start for Kirksey as the Browns try to snap a 19-game winless streak.

New York starting safety Marcus Maye is sitting out with a foot injury. He’ll be replaced by Doug Middleton, who has 11 tackles after two games.

Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry will play. He had been listed as questionable with a knee injury. Landry leads the team with 12 catches for 175 yards.

The Jets are also without outside linebacker Josh Martin and tight end Neal Sterling due to concussions. Martin has not played since getting hurt in the Jets’ third preseason game. Sterling was injured last Sunday against Miami.

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Vikings RB Cook still sidelined by hamstring injury

 

 

Running back Dalvin Cook did not practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.

 

Cook is fighting a hamstring injury and also sat out Wednesday's practice, opening reps for Latavius Murray, who would start against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday if Cook can't play.

 

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Running back Dalvin Cook did not practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.

 

Cook is fighting a hamstring injury and also sat out Wednesday’s practice, opening reps for Latavius Murray, who would start against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday if Cook can’t play.

 

Cook said after last week’s overtime tie at Green Bay that he was cramping, but not injured.

 

Because Cook is coming back from a season-ending knee injury sustained in 2017 as a rookie, the Vikings are likely to be overly cautious with any injury.

 

Cook has 26 carries for 78 yards (3.0-yard average) this season, and Murray has 16 carries for 61 yards (4.1).

 

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Patriots’ Gronkowski limited in practice with ankle issue

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with an ankle issue as the Patriots prepare for their Week 3 matchup with the Lions.

Gronkowski was a limited participant in practice Thursday after participating in Wednesday's workout. He has started both games for New England this season. He has nine catches for 138

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with an ankle issue as the Patriots prepare for their Week 3 matchup with the Lions.

Gronkowski was a limited participant in practice Thursday after participating in Wednesday’s workout. He has started both games for New England this season. He has nine catches for 138 yards and touchdown.

Defensive end Trey Flowers and safety Patrick Chung both missed practice for the second straight day as they continue to go through the league’s concussion protocol.

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Jaguars’ Fournette feels ‘way better’ than he did last week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette practiced in a limited capacity for the second straight day Thursday and feels "a lot better, like way better" than he did a week ago.

Fournette strained his right hamstring in the season opener at the New York Giants and sat out last week's victory

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette practiced in a limited capacity for the second straight day Thursday and feels “a lot better, like way better” than he did a week ago.

Fournette strained his right hamstring in the season opener at the New York Giants and sat out last week’s victory against New England.

The Jaguars (2-0) host AFC South rival Tennessee (1-1) on Sunday.

Fournette says his playing status is “up to the coaches at this point” and adds that “it’s still early in the season.”

Fournette also says he doesn’t “want to rush anything. It’s a long season.”

The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Fournette has missed four games in two seasons. The Jaguars are 4-0 without him.

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Jaguars RB Fournette ready for ‘fistfight’ vs. Titans

 

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette said he plans to be back in the lineup Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

 

Fournette did not play because of a hamstring injury last week. He left the Week 1 win over the New York Giants with a strain and said he felt a pop.

 

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette said he plans to be back in the lineup Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

 

Fournette did not play because of a hamstring injury last week. He left the Week 1 win over the New York Giants with a strain and said he felt a pop.

 

The Titans beat the Houston Texans 20-17 last week.

 

“That team is talented,” Fournette said. “We respect their D-line. It’s going to be a fistfight once again, like it always is.”

 

The Jaguars are 4-0 in games in which Fournette does not play.

 

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Case Keenum returns to Broncos practice after missing 1 day

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum returned to practice Thursday after missing a day with a sore knee.

Keenum didn't want to miss Wednesday's workout but said he understood that being cautious in September will give him a better chance of staying in the lineup all season.

Keenum has led the Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum returned to practice Thursday after missing a day with a sore knee.

Keenum didn’t want to miss Wednesday’s workout but said he understood that being cautious in September will give him a better chance of staying in the lineup all season.

Keenum has led the Broncos (2-0) to a pair of fourth-quarter comebacks, pushing his record over the last two seasons to 13-3.

He helped the Minnesota Vikings reach the NFC championship game last year before signing a two-year, $36 million free agent contract with Denver.

Right tackle Jared Veldheer (concussion) was cleared to return to activity but not contact Thursday. Linebacker Brandon Marshall (knee) and cornerback Adam Jones (thigh) were held out again.

The Broncos play at Baltimore (1-1) on Sunday.

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Colts’ Hilton, Doyle, Castonzo miss practice again

 

 

Four key offensive pieces missed practice on Thursday for the Indianapolis Colts, raising questions about their availability for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quad), left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), tight end Jack Doyle (hip) and running back Marlon Mack (foot, hamstring) all sat out Wednesday and Thursday.

 

 

Four key offensive pieces missed practice on Thursday for the Indianapolis Colts, raising questions about their availability for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quad), left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), tight end Jack Doyle (hip) and running back Marlon Mack (foot, hamstring) all sat out Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Hilton, who has missed just eight of the team’s 143 snaps through two games, said Wednesday his injury is “nothing to worry about,” but questions will remain if he does not get in at least a limited practice Friday. He leads the team in receptions (12) and yards (129) and is tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns (2).

 

Doyle has missed just seven snaps through two weeks, though he has taken a backseat to free agent signee Eric Ebron (seven catches, 77 yards, two scores) in the passing game.

 

Castonzo has yet to play after sustaining a pair of setbacks — the most recent coming last week — since he initially hurt his hamstring during training camp. He had previously expected to return in Week 2.

 

Mack made his season debut last week after a preseason hamstring injury, tallying 36 total yards on 11 touches, but he picked up a foot issue in the game. Head coach Frank Reich said Monday that Mack was “a little banged up” but “fine.”

 

The Colts’ offense has been inconsistent through two weeks, ranking 26th in yards per play and tied for 18th in points while ranking No. 1 in the NFL on third downs and eighth in sacks allowed per pass attempt.

 

Luck has been sacked just three times on 87 dropbacks, with Joe Haeg and Le’Raven Clark combining to replace Castonzo on the blind side and rookie Quenton Nelson solidifying the left guard spot.

 

The Eagles are tied for eighth in the NFL with six sacks this season.

 

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NFL notebook: Rodgers (knee) will play

 

 

Aaron Rodgers plans to play with a left knee injury for the third consecutive game on Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers' perennial MVP candidate is worried his condition will get worse before it improves.

 

"Obviously that's a concern," Rodgers said Wednesday. "Hopefully it goes the other way."

 

Rodgers did not

 

 

Aaron Rodgers plans to play with a left knee injury for the third consecutive game on Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers’ perennial MVP candidate is worried his condition will get worse before it improves.

 

“Obviously that’s a concern,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “Hopefully it goes the other way.”

 

Rodgers did not practice last week until a light workout Saturday before playing Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. He was hurt in the first half of the season opener against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. It’s unlikely Rodgers will practice much this week, if at all, but he does plan to be on the field Sunday when the Packers (1-0-1) visit the Redskins (1-1).

 

“Obviously, I’d love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise, but there’s some factors that are out of my control,” Rodgers said.

 

–Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook did not practice, calling himself day-to-day as he recovers from a hamstring injury sustained last Sunday against the Packers.

 

Cook departed in the fourth quarter of the 29-29 tie, but after the game, he downplayed his removal and attributed it to cramps.

 

After sitting out practice Wednesday, Cook confirmed his hamstring issue to the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press and said, “I’m just taking it day by day. I’ll see how I feel at the end of the week, but it’s going to be day by day.'”

 

–Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was a limited participant in practice due to ankle and thumb ailments, according to the team’s injury report. The Texans (0-2) host the New York Giants (0-2) on Sunday.

 

Hopkins, who also dealt with the issue last week, leads the Texans with 14 catches for 188 yards and one touchdown through two games.

 

Fellow receivers Keke Coutee and Will Fuller V were also limited in practice because of hamstring issues, as was linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (back), who missed Sunday’s loss to Tennessee. Defensive end J.J. Watt (knee) and safety Kareem Jackson (ankle) were listed on Houston’s initial injury report, but both participated in practice.

 

–Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was back at practice on Wednesday, two days after skipping team meetings.

 

Brown was a no-show in Pittsburgh on Monday when the team gathered in the aftermath of a 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Mike Tomlin, who confirmed the absence, said Wednesday that Brown was disciplined. Even so, the wideout is heavily involved in the Steelers’ Week 3 game plan.

 

Defensive end Cam Heyward, one of four team captains, said he also met with Brown but declined to divulge any additions from their chat. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he spoke to Brown and wasn’t worried, adding that the wide receiver didn’t address teammates.

 

–Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had hoped to return from his left ACL injury to start the season. Even though he is a few weeks behind schedule, he told reporters Wednesday he is thrilled to have all the doubts behind him as he prepares to start on Sunday.

 

Wentz, 25, said he is confident that his knee has healed sufficiently for him to play effectively. He will wear a brace during games.

 

“I feel comfortable with it,” he said. “We’ll see after this season how I feel with it, but I feel good with it right now. It’s definitely something the doctors recommend and so I’ve gotten used to it by now and I feel really comfortable with it.”

 

–Quarterback Case Keenum sat out the Denver Broncos’ practice with a sore knee, according to KUSA-TV.

 

Backup Chad Kelly, selected by the Broncos with the final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, ran the first-team offense in Keenum’s absence. The TV station reported that Denver expects Keenum, 30, to return to practice on Thursday.

 

The Broncos signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million contract in March. So far this season, he has thrown for 551 yards with three touchdown passes and four interceptions. He also has a rushing touchdown.

 

–Shortly before Josh Gordon took the practice field with the Patriots for the first time, New England coach Bill Belichick was still insisting the trade for the wide receiver had not yet been finalized. Gordon suited up wearing No. 10.

 

During his media availability, Belichick refused to address the newest weapon for the Patriots.

 

“I’m not going to talk about players that are not actually, I would say, on our roster totally,” Belichick said, per NFL.com. “When that happens, that happens. If it happens.

 

“There are terms that have to be met before the trade is finalized. And when those are completed, then we’ll have a completed trade. Until they are completed, I’m not going to get into it.”

 

–The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls to shore up their backfield depth with Joe Mixon expected to miss time. Rawls had joined the New York Jets in the offseason but failed to make the 53-man roster. Running back Tra Carson was waived to make room for Rawls.

 

Mixon, one of the heroes of Cincinnati’s hard-fought victory over AFC North rival Baltimore on Thursday night, had minor knee surgery on Saturday that is expected to keep him out for approximately two weeks. He was in and out of the game because of the right knee injury. Originally hurt in the first half, he finished with 84 rushing yards on 21 carries and was noticeably limping afterward.

 

Giovani Bernard is expected to take over starting duties with Mixon out.

 

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Browns WR Landry questionable to face Jets with knee issue

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns top receiver Jarvis Landry is questionable to play in Thursday night's game against the New York Jets because of a knee issue.

Landry, who has 12 catches for 175 yards in his first two games for Cleveland, has been limited during workouts this week and the team listed him as questionable

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns top receiver Jarvis Landry is questionable to play in Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets because of a knee issue.

Landry, who has 12 catches for 175 yards in his first two games for Cleveland, has been limited during workouts this week and the team listed him as questionable on Wednesday’s injury report.

Landry said he was confident he would play when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday.

Linebacker Christian Kirksey is doubtful as he continues to recover from an ankle and shoulder problem. Kirksey sat out Sunday’s loss in New Orleans, and with a short week, it’s possible the Browns (0-1-1) will rest him again.

Starting defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah will sit out his second consecutive game with a left ankle injury sustained Week 1 against Pittsburgh, and tight end Seth DeValve with a hamstring injury.

Also, starting safety Damarious Randall is questionable with a heel injury.

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Packers QB Rodgers fears knee will get worse

 

 

Aaron Rodgers plans to play with a left knee injury for the third consecutive game on Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers' perennial MVP candidate is concerned his condition will get worse before it improves.

 

"Obviously that's a concern," Rodgers said Wednesday. "Hopefully it goes the other way."

 

Rodgers did not

 

 

Aaron Rodgers plans to play with a left knee injury for the third consecutive game on Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers’ perennial MVP candidate is concerned his condition will get worse before it improves.

 

“Obviously that’s a concern,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “Hopefully it goes the other way.”

 

Rodgers did not practice last week until a light workout Saturday before playing in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was hurt in the first half of the season opener against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

 

It’s unlikely Rodgers will practice much this week, if at all, but he does plan to be on the field Sunday when the Packers (1-0-1) visit the Redskins (1-1).

 

“Obviously, I’d love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise, but there’s some factors that are out of my control,” Rodgers said.

 

The Packers are not concerned about Rodgers’ mobility after he appeared improved both laterally and moving forward in Week 2. He credited the relatively high temperatures in Green Bay last week for loosening up his knee.

 

“We’re still in a day-by-day mode, I mean, just how he’s progressing,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

 

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Texans WR Hopkins (foot) limited in practice

 

 

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was a limited participant in practice Wednesday due to a ankle and thumb ailments, according to the team's injury report.

 

Hopkins, who also dealt with the issue last week, leads the Texans with 14 catches for 188 yards and one touchdown through two games.

 

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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was a limited participant in practice Wednesday due to a ankle and thumb ailments, according to the team’s injury report.

 

Hopkins, who also dealt with the issue last week, leads the Texans with 14 catches for 188 yards and one touchdown through two games.

 

Fellow receivers Keke Coutee and Will Fuller V were also limited in practice because of hamstring issues, as was linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (back), who missed Sunday’s loss to Tennessee.

 

Defensive end J.J. Watt (knee) and safety Kareem Jackson (ankle) were listed on Houston’s initial injury report, but both fully participated in Wednesday’s practice.

 

The Texans (0-2) host the New York Giants (0-2) on Sunday.

 

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Julio Jones joins Falcons’ long list of injured players

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Wide receiver Julio Jones, held out of practice with a calf injury, has joined the Atlanta Falcons' long list of injured players.

Running back Devonta Freeman (sore right knee), who missed last week's win over Carolina , and defensive ends Takk McKinley and Derrick Shelby, who have groin injuries, also

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Wide receiver Julio Jones, held out of practice with a calf injury, has joined the Atlanta Falcons’ long list of injured players.

Running back Devonta Freeman (sore right knee), who missed last week’s win over Carolina , and defensive ends Takk McKinley and Derrick Shelby, who have groin injuries, also did not practice Wednesday. Coach Dan Quinn says the three are day to day and have not been ruled out for Sunday’s game against New Orleans.

Quinn did not mention Jones’ injury when he spoke before practice. Jones was seen walking around the locker room during the period open to reporters.

Backup linebacker Corey Nelson left practice with a calf injury.

Atlanta has lost left guard Andy Levitre and safety Keanu Neal to season-ending injuries. Linebacker Deion Jones will miss at least eight games with a foot injury.

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Falcons dispute report that RB Freeman out for 2-3 weeks

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are disputing a report that running back Devonta Freeman will be out for as long as three weeks with a knee injury.

Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that he considers Freeman day to day.

Freeman injured his right knee in a Week 1 loss to

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are disputing a report that running back Devonta Freeman will be out for as long as three weeks with a knee injury.

Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that he considers Freeman day to day.

Freeman injured his right knee in a Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and didn’t play in Sunday’s 31-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

ESPN reported that Freeman will miss two to three weeks with a contusion, which would rule him out of next weekend’s NFC South matchup against the New Orleans Saints and possibly a Sept. 30 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Quinn says he’s “not sure where that report came from. It certainly didn’t come from us.”

But the coach continues to be vague about Freeman’s return, saying he’ll be cleared only when he shows the “same explosion that he plays with.”

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Carson Wentz cleared to return for Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz has been cleared to return and is slated to start for the Philadelphia Eagles against Indianapolis in Week 3.

Wentz tore his left ACL and LCL on Dec. 10, 2017 in a game against the Los Angeles Rams and had surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz has been cleared to return and is slated to start for the Philadelphia Eagles against Indianapolis in Week 3.

Wentz tore his left ACL and LCL on Dec. 10, 2017 in a game against the Los Angeles Rams and had surgery three days later. Backup quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960 and was Super Bowl MVP in the 41-33 victory over New England.

Wentz set a single-season franchise record with 33 touchdown passes last season. The final one came a few plays after he suffered his injury.

The Eagles (1-1) lost 27-21 at Tampa Bay (2-0) on Sunday.

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Jaguars add DE Campbell to injury report with knee soreness

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have added All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell to the injury report because of knee soreness.

Campbell was listed as questionable for the team's home opener Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Campbell set a single-season franchise record with 14½ sacks in 2017. He had three tackles,

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have added All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell to the injury report because of knee soreness.

Campbell was listed as questionable for the team’s home opener Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Campbell set a single-season franchise record with 14½ sacks in 2017. He had three tackles, including a sack, in the season opener at the New York Giants last week.

Campbell joins running back Leonard Fournette as game-day decisions against the Patriots. Fournette missed practice all week because of a strained right hamstring and also is listed as questionable.

If Campbell doesn’t play, rookie and first-round draft pick Taven Bryan likely would make his first career start. The Jaguars also get back defensive end Dante Fowler, who was suspended for the opener.

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Falcons RB Freeman (knee) out for Sunday’s game vs Carolina

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back  has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Carolina because of a knee injury.

Coach Dan Quinn made the announcement after Friday's practice. Freeman wasn't able to practice all week.

The running back was injured in a

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back  has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Carolina because of a knee injury.

Coach Dan Quinn made the announcement after Friday’s practice. Freeman wasn’t able to practice all week.

The running back was injured in a season-opening loss to Philadelphia, another blow to a team that also lost defensive stalwarts Keanu Neal and Deion Jones.

Neal went down with a season-ending knee injury, while Jones was placed on injured reserve with a foot problem.

The Falcons are hopeful that Neal will be able to return, but he will have to miss a minimum of eight games.

Freeman’s injury came after he sat out the entire preseason in order to stay healthy.

That decision came after he was banged up repeatedly during the 2017 season, sustaining two concussions and a right knee injury.

Tevin Coleman will take over the starting spot.

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Panthers without 3 starting offensive linemen vs Falcons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will be without three starting offensive linemen when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera has ruled out three-time Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner this week because of a concussion. The team previously placed left tackle Matt Kalil and right Daryl Williams on injured

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will be without three starting offensive linemen when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera has ruled out three-time Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner this week because of a concussion. The team previously placed left tackle Matt Kalil and right Daryl Williams on injured reserve with knee injuries.

Rivera would not say Friday who’ll start this week at any of the three vacant positions.

However, the Panthers (1-0) signed eight-year veteran free agent Chris Clark earlier this week and he’s expected to start at left tackle.

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Dolphins lineman Sitton out for season with shoulder injury

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins left guard Josh Sitton is out for the season.

Sitton has been diagnosed with a torn left rotator cuff, an injury sustained last week in the Dolphins' Week 1 win over the Tennessee Titans. The team placed him on injured

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins left guard Josh Sitton is out for the season.

Sitton has been diagnosed with a torn left rotator cuff, an injury sustained last week in the Dolphins’ Week 1 win over the Tennessee Titans. The team placed him on injured reserve Friday, and did not immediately announce a corresponding move to the 53-man roster.

Sitton’s injury means Ted Larsen will be promoted to the starting role for the foreseeable future, starting with Sunday’s game where the Dolphins visit the New York Jets.

Larsen started eight games at guard for the Dolphins last season.

Sitton is in his first season with the Dolphins. The four-time Pro Bowler spent 2008 through 2015 with Green Bay, and the last two seasons with Chicago.

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Bengals LB Preston Brown inactive vs Ravens

CINCINNATI (AP) — Preston Brown is inactive for the Bengals' Thursday night game against the Ravens, leaving Cincinnati without two of its top linebackers.

Brown hurt his right ankle during an opening win at Indianapolis on Sunday and had been listed as questionable. The Bengals also

CINCINNATI (AP) — Preston Brown is inactive for the Bengals’ Thursday night game against the Ravens, leaving Cincinnati without two of its top linebackers.

Brown hurt his right ankle during an opening win at Indianapolis on Sunday and had been listed as questionable. The Bengals also are missing linebacker Vontaze Burfict, suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Backup tackle Cedric Ogbuehi — a first-round pick in 2015 — also is inactive for Cincinnati.

There are no changes in the Ravens’ starting lineups. Quarterback Lamar Jackson played in their opening win over the Bills and is Joe Flacco’s backup again. Robert Griffin III is inactive for the second straight game.

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Steelers’ Roethlisberger (elbow) misses practice again

 

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger skipped practice again Thursday with a right elbow issue.

 

Roethlisberger, 36, sustained the elbow injury late in Pittsburgh's tie with Cleveland on Sunday. He didn't practice Wednesday.

 

On Thursday, backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs worked with the first team. Dobbs,

 

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger skipped practice again Thursday with a right elbow issue.

 

Roethlisberger, 36, sustained the elbow injury late in Pittsburgh’s tie with Cleveland on Sunday. He didn’t practice Wednesday.

 

On Thursday, backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs worked with the first team. Dobbs, a Tennessee product, was taken by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

 

Roethlisberger said Wednesday that the injury wasn’t significant. It also isn’t unusual for him to skip throwing on Wednesdays during the season.

 

Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner declined to discuss specifics about the home opener Sunday against Kansas City and whether Roethlisberger would play.

 

Roethlisberger last sat out a start because of an injury in October 2016. He missed a loss to New England after he underwent a left knee procedure.

 

Dobbs said that if Roethlisberger is a no-go, he’ll be ready.

 

“Practice as if you’re going to play week-in and week-out, so when Sunday comes you’re ready to go when your number’s called, whatever it is,” Dobbs told reporters.

 

“I know if my opportunity comes, if my number’s called, I’ll be ready to go in and play and play to win.”

 

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Titans QB Mariota (elbow) making progress

Titans QB Mariota (elbow) making progress

Houston Texans: Veteran cornerback Shareece Wright was signed after the loss of starting cornerback Kevin Johnson (concussion) for at least eight weeks after the Texans placed him on injured reserve. Wright is in his eighth NFL season, and coach Bill O'Brien sees him as a good fit

Titans QB Mariota (elbow) making progress

Houston Texans: Veteran cornerback Shareece Wright was signed after the loss of starting cornerback Kevin Johnson (concussion) for at least eight weeks after the Texans placed him on injured reserve. Wright is in his eighth NFL season, and coach Bill O’Brien sees him as a good fit in the secondary. “Size, experience, he’s got a lot of snaps in the league, a good guy,” O’Brien said. “All reports on him being a real good teammate. Glad we were able to get him.” When it came to losing offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson with a season-ending ankle injury, the Texans stayed in-house and promoted Roderick Johnson from the practice squad to be a backup.

Indianapolis Colts: Left tackle Anthony Castonzo is progressing well from the hamstring injury that caused him to miss the opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and is on track to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Castonzo missed the entire preseason because of the ailment, so being back on the football field is therapeutic for his mind-set. “Feeling good,” Castonzo said. “I’m excited to have a full week of practice and get out there and play.” Running back Marlon Mack (hamstring) also missed the opener, and his status is less solid. Rookie Jordan Wilkins (40 yards on 14 carries) is expected to get most of the practice repetitions and likely will make his second consecutive start.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Running back Leonard Fournette will test his injured hamstring Friday, according to coach Doug Marrone, and possibly could play in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots even if he misses the week’s workouts. “He’s done a good job. He has worked really hard,” Marrone said. “I would be comfortable with him (playing). If it was a rookie, maybe … depending on the situation or position or things of that nature I might not be as comfortable.” Marrone will not be coy about Fournette’s status to toy with the Patriots. “If guys are ready to play, they play, and we’ll get him out there,” Marrone said.

Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Marcus Mariota participated in practice Wednesday, and his throwing elbow is no longer prompting concerns. “I am feeling pretty good,” Mariota said after the practice. “I am kind of taking it one day at a time, but I was able to go through practice today and felt pretty good. For me, I just went through practice and felt it went fine.” Titans coach Mike Vrabel liked what he witnessed and is counting on his signal-caller being ready for Sunday’s game against the Texans. “He had some rest Monday and Tuesday, so he was able to get through and do everything and really looked OK,” Vrabel said. “I would say barring any setbacks that Marcus is going to be good to go on Sunday.”

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Patriots RB Burkhead enters concussion protocol

The New England Patriots are in a quandary regarding their running back situation for this weekend's matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars after placing Rex Burkhead in the concussion protocol on Wednesday.

 

The move comes after the Patriots placed fellow back Jeremy Hill on injured reserve Monday

The New England Patriots are in a quandary regarding their running back situation for this weekend’s matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars after placing Rex Burkhead in the concussion protocol on Wednesday.

 

The move comes after the Patriots placed fellow back Jeremy Hill on injured reserve Monday due to a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

 

As a result, Sony Michel might be called to action, although the rookie running back is still not fully recovered from a procedure in August to drain fluid from his left knee. Michel did not play in New England’s season opener and was limited in practice Wednesday.

 

“I’m doing all I can do to prepare,” Michel told reporters Wednesday. “Whatever coach’s plan is, I don’t know what his plan is, but my mindset is prepare as if I’m playing.”

 

Also available — and healthy — for New England are Kenjon Barner, whom they signed on Tuesday, and James White, while Ralph Webb and Kenneth Farrow would have to be signed off the practice squad.

 

Burkhead paced New England backs with 64 yards on 18 carries on Sunday in the Patriots’ 27-20 win over the Houston Texans.

 

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49ers LB Coyle placed on injured reserve

 

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Brock Coyle was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday due to a concussion and a broken bone in his back.

 

Coyle departed Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings due to the concussion and it was later discovered that he suffered

 

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Brock Coyle was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday due to a concussion and a broken bone in his back.

 

Coyle departed Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings due to the concussion and it was later discovered that he suffered a T4 compression fracture in his back.

 

“I know that’s very scary, always,” San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s six weeks until he can have contact again. He will recover sometime this year, but we know it’s going to be at least six weeks before he can have a chance to play football.”

 

The 49ers will decide later if Coyle, 27, is a candidate to be brought back from injured reserve.

 

San Francisco signed linebacker Terence Garvin on Wednesday to fill the roster opening. Garvin has played 74 career games with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2013-15), Washington Redskins (2016) and Seattle Seahawks (2017).

 

Garvin was in training camp with the Miami Dolphins and was recently cut.

 

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Buccaneers CB Hargreaves placed on IR

Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a season-ending shoulder injury.

 

A second opinion with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews confirmed what Tampa Bay team officials had feared after Hargreaves left Sunday's game at New Orleans. He also ended last season on

Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a season-ending shoulder injury.

 

A second opinion with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews confirmed what Tampa Bay team officials had feared after Hargreaves left Sunday’s game at New Orleans. He also ended last season on injured reserve.

 

Selected 11th overall in the 2016 draft, Hargreaves is coming off a down season that saw him post 42 tackles across nine games, missing the team’s final seven contests with a hamstring injury. He had 76 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in his 16-game rookie season in 2016.

 

Hargreaves, 23, was injured breaking up a third-down pass attempt in the Buccaneers’ victory over the Saints.

 

To fill the vacant roster spot, Tampa Bay re-signed defensive end Will Clarke.

 

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Ravens RB Dixon lands on IR with knee injury

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on Wednesday.

 

Dixon scored a touchdown for the Ravens in the season-opening win over the Buffalo Bills.

 

To replace Dixon on the 53-man roster, the Ravens signed running back

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on Wednesday.

 

Dixon scored a touchdown for the Ravens in the season-opening win over the Buffalo Bills.

 

To replace Dixon on the 53-man roster, the Ravens signed running back De’Lance Turner from the practice squad.

 

Dixon, 24, missed all of last season and has been sidelined for 20 of 33 possible NFL games because of knee injuries or suspension.

 

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Jaguars RB Fournette (hamstring) uncertain for Patriots

Jaguars RB Fournette (hamstring) uncertain for Patriots

Houston Texans: Quarterback Deshaun Watson was spotty in his return from last November's ACL tear in his right knee during Houston's season-opening loss to the New England Patriots. Watson was 17-of-34 passing for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception and referred to his play as

Jaguars RB Fournette (hamstring) uncertain for Patriots

Houston Texans: Quarterback Deshaun Watson was spotty in his return from last November’s ACL tear in his right knee during Houston’s season-opening loss to the New England Patriots. Watson was 17-of-34 passing for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception and referred to his play as “terrible on my part.” However, coach Bill O’Brien was willing to cut Watson some slack. “It’s only his seventh game as a starter in this league,” O’Brien said. “He hasn’t played football in a live game, a regular season game, in a while. … There’s a little bit of rust involved in all of those things and I know that he will improve. He’ll work very hard to improve but there’s a lot of work to do.”

Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck played in a regular season game for the first time in 20 months and he was winging balls all over the football field in the opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Luck completed a career-best 39 passes while connecting with nine different receivers en route to passing for 319 yards in his first game under new coach Frank Reich. “I think it was fun getting to see how Frank calls a whole game,” Luck said. “I really feel there were some times when we got into a really good rhythm and everybody is catching the ball and running the ball and we were moving the ball. We’ll work to capture that feeling for 60 minutes, and we knew it wasn’t going to be perfect.”

Jacksonville Jaguars: Running back Leonard Fournette suffered a right hamstring injury in the opener against the New York Giants and his status for the AFC Championship Game rematch with the New England Patriots will likely be determined late in the week. “I talked to (the doctors) and they said it was a minor hamstring injury,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. “We have a lot of time and we will see where it is. If he is ready to go, we will ease him back in there. We will see how he feels. I think a lot of it depends on that.” Fournette rushed for 41 yards on nine carries against the Giants before exiting as T.J. Yeldon (51 yards on 14 carries) handled most of the workload the rest of the contest.

Tennessee Titans: Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker was placed on injured reserve Monday with a serious ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Titans haven’t disclosed his injury but Walker reportedly broke the ankle and his loss represents a big blow to the Tennessee offense. “Disappointing because he puts a lot into it,” Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said. “He plays hard. Been a productive player for us and somebody that I was excited to coach and be with. Hopefully we’ll see where he’s at after surgery and then re-evaluate his potential return.” Second-year pro Jonnu Smith 19 career catches, one against Miami) figures to get more targets in the passing game.

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Patriots place RB Hill (ACL) on IR

Patriots place RB Hill (ACL) on IR

New England Patriots running back Jeremy Hill's first season with the team is over after one game.

Hill left Sunday's game with a knee injury and multiple reports indicate he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. Later Monday, the team placed

Patriots place RB Hill (ACL) on IR

New England Patriots running back Jeremy Hill’s first season with the team is over after one game.

Hill left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and multiple reports indicate he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. Later Monday, the team placed Hill on injured reserve.

The injury happened while Hill was in pursuit on a change of possession against the Houston Texans. Patriots fullback James Develin delivered an inadvertent shot to Hill’s knee as both pursued the ball after a turnover.

“That’s incredibly unfortunate, but we’ve just got to keep pressing on and just try to work as hard as we can and play hard in his honor,” Develin said Sunday.

New England’s depth at running back will be suspect entering Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars unless rookie Sony Michel can return. Michel was inactive Sunday as he recovers from a preseason knee procedure.

Hill, 25, joined the Patriots in free agency after spending four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati selected Hill 55th overall in the 2014 draft.

The Patriots also released wide receivers Chad Hansen and Riley McCarron. Hansen was claimed off waivers last week from the New York Jets, while McCarron was previously on the Patriots’ practice squad.

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Seahawks still waiting for update on Doug Baldwin’s knee

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are still waiting to learn the severity of the injury to Doug Baldwin's right knee.

Baldwin sprained the MCL in the knee early in Sunday's loss to Denver.

Coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show on KIRO-AM in

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are still waiting to learn the severity of the injury to Doug Baldwin’s right knee.

Baldwin sprained the MCL in the knee early in Sunday’s loss to Denver.

Coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show on KIRO-AM in Seattle on Monday that there was no update on how long Baldwin may be out.

Baldwin was hurt in the first quarter and returned briefly in the second, but was on the sideline in street clothes after halftime. Baldwin did not have a reception.

Carroll said it would “be a miraculous return” if linebacker K.J. Wright was able to get back this week. Wright underwent knee surgery after Seattle’s third preseason game.

The coach said Wright was expected to run for the first time Monday but sounded pessimistic that Wright would be ready for next Monday’s game at Chicago.

Carroll had a similar outlook on guard D.J. Fluker, who missed the opener with a hamstring injury.

“We’ve got to make sure we don’t take it too far, too fast,” Carroll said.

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The Latest: Aaron Rodgers returns for Packers

The Latest on the NFL's first Sunday of the regular season (all times EDT):

10:16 p.m.

Aaron Rodgers is back and the Green Bay Packers are finally on the scoreboard against the Chicago Bears.

The team announced at halftime that the two-time NFL MVP quarterback was questionable to return with a knee injury.

The Latest on the NFL’s first Sunday of the regular season (all times EDT):

10:16 p.m.

Aaron Rodgers is back and the Green Bay Packers are finally on the scoreboard against the Chicago Bears.

The team announced at halftime that the two-time NFL MVP quarterback was questionable to return with a knee injury.

Minutes later, he walked back out on the field and threw warmup tosses with backup DeShone Kizer.

Rodgers joined the rest of the offense for the Packers’ first drive of the second half with about 9 minutes left in the third quarter. He led them on a 12-play, 46-yard series that ended with a 42-yeard field goal by Mason Crosby to make it 20-3 with 3:37 left in the third.

Rodgers hasn’t done much outside the pocket since returning, operating a no-huddle offense.

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9:45 p.m.

It was an awful first half for the Green Bay Packers.

It was a fantastic start for linebacker Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears’ defense, up 17-0 at halftime.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was taken back to the locker room on the front seat of a cart in the second quarter. Rodgers appeared to grab at the back of his left leg after slipping to the turf during a hit from Mack and defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris.

Backup DeShone Kizer took over. It’s not going well for him, either.

Mack had a sack and stripped the ball away from Kizer to end one drive.

Later, Mack had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown after a pressured Kizer tried to dump off an ill-advised pass to running back Ty Montgomery. The ball went right to Mack.

Chicago acquired Mack in a blockbuster deal last week from the Oakland Raiders.

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9 p.m.

The Chicago Bears are off to a fast start.

A defense reinforced with pass-rushing linebacker Khalil Mack has forced the Green Bay Packers to punt on their first two drives.

Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is outplaying counterpart Aaron Rodgers. Trubisky completed his first seven passes, looking quite comfortable in new coach Matt Nagy’s offense.

Trubisky has also scored on a 2-yard run. The Bears have a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.

The Packers had 24 yards of total offense, but minus-3 through the air, after the first quarter.

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8:30 p.m.

It didn’t take long for new Bears linebacker Khalil Mack to get pressure against the Packers.

Mack didn’t start but came in on the fourth play of the game’s opening drive. He got pressure on second-and-10 on Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga on his first play. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw the ball away on third-and-10 and the Packers were forced to punt.

Chicago acquired Mack in a blockbuster trade with Oakland last week.

It was scoreless early in the first quarter.

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7:55 p.m.

Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker has been carted off the field after hurting his lower right leg, the third key starter the Titans have lost in a lightning-delayed game against Miami.

Walker caught a 15-yard pass and hurt his right leg when T.J. McDonald tackled him late in the fourth quarter. A trainer covered Walker’s leg with a towel, and a cart quickly was brought out.

The Titans already had lost two-time Pro Bowl Taylor Lewan to a concussion and quarterback Marcus Mariota was sidelined by an injured elbow.

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6:55 p.m.

The Titans and Miami Dolphins are playing again after their second delay for lightning in the area, and the injuries are adding up for Tennessee.

The teams have had two separate delays combining for 3 hours, 59 minutes before resuming the third quarter with 6:47 left at 6:55 p.m. in a game that kicked off at 1 p.m. local time.

Fox-TV announced on the broadcast that it was providing limited coverage due to lightning in the area when the game resumed.

Tennessee resumed without two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan because of a concussion.

The delay didn’t help Marcus Mariota whose pass was intercepted by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso on the first play after restarting. The Titans replaced him with Blaine Gabbert for the next series, and Mariota is questionable to return with an injured elbow.

This already is the longest NFL game since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger before play resumed for the second time.

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6:45 p.m.

Tyreek Hill has scored three touchdowns for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hill scored on a 1-yard shovel pass from Patrick Mahomes after Los Angeles’ JJ Jones fumbled a punt deep in Chargers’ territory. Hill also has touchdowns via a punt return and another reception has opened up a 38-20 lead on the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter.

He also has 168 receiving yards, the second most by a Chiefs receiver in an opener according to Pro Football Reference. Carlos Carson had 173 against New Orleans in 1985.

— Joe Reedy reporting from Los Angeles

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6:38 p.m.

The Dolphins-Titans game is now the longest since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. And they haven’t even resumed play yet following a second delay for lightning.

The game started at 1 p.m. and was halted for nearly two hours late in the first half. The second delay midway through the second quarter also has lasted almost two hours.

The longest previous game since 1970 was a Bears overtime victory against the Ravens in 2013 that took 5 hours, 16 minutes.

Players have started to return to the field. The Dolphins lead 7-3.

— Steven Wine reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida

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6:37 p.m.

Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been ruled of the second half against the Denver Broncos with a right knee injury.

Baldwin was hurt late in the first quarter when a Denver player he was attempting to block rolled over his leg. He walked off under his own power and came back briefly before leaving the game for the day.

Baldwin missed all of August with a left knee injury but returned for the season opener. He was targeted on one play Sunday but had no catches before leaving in the first half.

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6:28 p.m.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has returned to the sideline in street clothes and is on crutches with his right foot in a boot.

It’s the same foot that Olsen broke last year, costing him to miss nine games.

It’s unclear the extent of the injury.

— Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina.

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5:25 p.m.

Panthers three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has been taken to the locker room in the second quarter with a foot injury.

The team has announced he will not return.

Olsen missed nine games with a Jones fracture in his foot last year.

Olsen had been questionable coming into the game with a back injury. He left after two receptions for 33 yards.

— Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina

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4:55 p.m.

There’s another lightning delay stopping the game between the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

Their game was stopped for one hour, 57 minutes with 71 seconds left in the first half before play resumed. Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler just intercepted Ryan Tannehill in the end zone and ran the ball back to the Tennessee 32. Officials then stopped play with 6:47 left in the third and Miami up 7-3.

The Dolphins walked slowly off the field.

The stoppage might cool things down. The stoppage came only a few plays after three players received unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for taunting as a result of a fracas between the Dolphins and Titans, which began after Tennessee tackle Taylor Lewan appeared to be knocked out briefly.

Lewan was hurt at the end of interception return by Reshad Jones in the third quarter. Lewan was running toward the sideline when he was hit to the ground. The Titans and Dolphins traded shoves and taunts.

Penalized were Jordan Phillips and Bobby McCain of Miami, and Dion Lewis of Tennessee. The penalties offset. Lewan went to the locker room.

— Steven Wine reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida

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4:40 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers right tackle Joe Barksdale has been carted back to the locker room with a knee injury.

Barksdale suffered the injury near the end of the Chargers’ third offensive drive of the first quarter. He is questionable to return.

— Joe Reedy reporting from Los Angeles

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4:35 p.m.

Patrick Mahomes has thrown his first touchdown pass as Kansas City’s starter, giving the Chiefs a 14-3 lead over the Los Angeles Chargers.

With a big helping hand from Tyreek Hill on his second TD of the game.

Mahomes threw a short pass to Hill, who went 57 yards for the score. Hill caught the pass at the Chargers 47 and eluded a diving tackle by Jahleel Addae as he found a seam up the left sideline. It is Hill’s second touchdown of the first quarter after he had a 91-yard punt return.

Mahomes, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft, was 3 for 3 for 68 yards.

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4:30 p.m.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is back in the game after leaving for a play early in the third quarter against the Dolphins.

Mariota appeared to injure his right hand when hit by defensive lineman William Hayes after handing off. Mariota was treated by a trainer, walked off the field and was replaced by Blaine Gabbert with Miami leading 7-3. Gabbert threw incomplete on third down. Mariota returned for the start of the Titans’ next series, and he was intercepted.

That was the second of injuries over three plays for Tennessee. Adoree Jackson hurt his right shoulder at the end of a punt return out near midfield and went to the locker room. Jackson is questionable to return.

— Steven Wine reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida

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4:15 p.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs put up their first points of the season very quickly.

Tyreek Hill took a Drew Kaser punt 91 yards for a touchdown just a minute and 57 seconds into their opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hill fielded the punt near the right hash mark, then quickly found an opening near the left sideline and was gone. It is Hill’s fourth punt return for a touchdown in 32 games over three seasons.

The Chiefs lead the NFL in punt returns for TDs since 2013 with seven.

— Joe Reedy reporting from Los Angeles

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4:10 p.m.

It didn’t take long for the Kansas City Chiefs to get their first points of the season. Tyreek Hill took a Drew Kaser punt 91 yards for a touchdown a minute and 57 seconds into their opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hill fielded the punt near the right hashmark but quickly found an opening near the left sideline and was gone. It is Hill’s fourth punt return for a touchdown in 32 games over three seasons.

The Chiefs lead the league in punt returns since 2013 with seven.

4:10 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins finally are getting back to their game in full sunshine after a nearly 2-hour delay for lightning in the area.

Officials suspended the game at 2:13 p.m. ET with 1:11 left in the first half and the Titans on offense. Miami has a 7-3 lead.

The teams were poised to return after only an hour only to have lightning in the area push back the restart until 4:10 p.m.

The opener for the NFL season featured a 45-minute delay to the first kickoff between the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles and Atlanta Falcons in Philadelphia.

Weather in Charlotte also has pushed back the opening kickoff between Carolina and the Dallas Cowboys. Kickoff has been pushed back 10 minutes until 4:35 p.m.

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3:30 p.m.

It’s already Josh Allen time for the Buffalo Bills.

Nathan Peterman has been pulled from his third NFL start after failing to mount any offense for the Bills against the Baltimore Ravens.

Peterman was yanked with Baltimore leading 40-0 in the third quarter. He was 5 for 18 for 24 yards with two interceptions.

He was replaced by Allen, the seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft. The Bills traded up five spots to draft him at the highest spot Buffalo has ever selected a quarterback.

Allen drove the Bills for a field goal on his second series.

— Dave Ginsburg reporting from Baltimore

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3:20 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will start against the Denver Broncos just four days after ending his holdout after it failed to produce a new contract or a trade.

Thomas made it through his first week of practice with no issues after holding out of training camp while seeking an extension or a trade. His deal expires after the 2018 season.

He’ll start in place of Tedric Thompson at free safety.

The Seahawks activated Thomas to their 53-man roster Saturday when they placed cornerback Dontae Johnson on injured reserve. He hurt his groin during practice last week.

Johnson was expected to start at right cornerback. The Seahawks didn’t announce who would start in his place, rookie Tre Flowers or veteran Neiko Thorpe.

— AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver

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3:19 p.m.

New England Patriots running back Jeremy Hill has been ruled out against Houston after suffering a knee injury early in the second half.

Hill’s injury occurred on a second-down play with 12:09 remaining in the third quarter that ended in a Patriots’ turnover, with tight end Rob Gronkowski fumbling the ball near midfield after reeling in a 25-yard catch from Tom Brady.

He was helped off the field and evaluated in the medical tent before returning to the locker room. He had four carries for 25 yards and was credited with a partial punt block late in the first half.

The 25-year-old joined the Patriots in free agency this past offseason after spending his first four NFL seasons with Cincinnati.

New England led 21-6 at the time of Hill’s injury.

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3:12 p.m.

Never one to shy away from a fashion statement, Panthers QB Cam Newton wore brown cleats with a silver “sheriff’s star,” taking on a very old Western theme during pre-game warmups against the Cowboys.

Newton can’t wear the cleats during the game, but is allowed to wear what he wants to pre-game warmups.

— Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina

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3:05 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins are expected to resume their game after a 77-minute delay because of lightning in the area.

The teams went to their locker rooms while play was suspended with Miami leading 7-3. First, the game was expected to be resumed at 3:10 p.m., and that now has been pushed back to 3:32 p.m. local time.

The game will resume with 1:11 left in the first half and the Titans on offense. Halftime is to be shortened to 6½ minutes.

— Steven Wine reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida

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3:00 p.m.

Joe Flacco has just thrown his third touchdown pass, and he’s made sure to hit each of the free agent receivers the Ravens signed during the offseason.

Willie Snead caught a 13-yarder in the third quarter to make it 33-0 over Buffalo. Flacco previously connected with newcomers John Brown and Michael Crabtree.

— Dave Ginsburg reporting from Baltimore

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2:55 p.m.

For the first time in franchise history, the Carolina Panthers have their team logo painted at midfield of Bank of America Stadium.

New owner David Tepper made the decision to use the Panthers black and blue logo after purchasing the team in July from Jerry Richardson, the team’s founder and first owner.

The Panthers always had the NFL “shield” at midfield —per Richardson’s orders— since they began play as an expansion franchise in 1995.

The Panthers host the Cowboys in their season opener.

— Steve Reed reporting in Charlotte, North Carolina

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2:30 p.m.

Andrew Luck’s first half was just about as good as it can get after throwing an interception on his first official pass.

The Colts quarterback finished the half 20 of 25 with 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Plus, he marched the Colts 43 yards in 1 minute, 42 seconds to set up Adam Vinatieri for his third goal of the half, a 51-yarder, to give Indy a 16-10 lead.

Luck is back after missing more than 20 months with an injured shoulder.

Vinatieri needs four more field goals to break Morten Andersen’s league record of 565.

— Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis

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2:15 p.m.

Weather has delayed another NFL game, this time in Miami between the Tennessee Titans and Dolphins.

The game was suspended with 1:11 left in the second quarter because of lightning in the area. The teams went to the locker room — with the sun shining. Rain fell earlier, and there was also thunder in the area. Miami led 7-3.

Weather delayed kickoff 45 minutes for the season opener Thursday night between the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles and Atlanta in Philadelphia.

— Steven Wine reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida

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1:55 p.m.

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette has a hamstring injury.

Fournette already has nine carries for 41 yards, and he led Jacksonville last season as a rookie with 1,040 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.

He caught a pass on the play before the Jaguars’ last series and was being stretched out on the sideline when the Giants had the ball.

— Tom Canavan reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey

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1:55 p.m.

Panthers three-time tight end Greg Olsen (back) appears to be ready for Carolina’s game with the Dallas Cowboys.

Olsen was added to the team’s injury report on Saturday after practicing full all week. Asked Sunday if he expects Olsen to play, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney replied “as far as I know.”

— Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina

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1:50 p.m.

Houston Texans right tackle Seantrel Henderson has left the game against New England with a left ankle injury.

Patriots defensive lineman Keionta Davis landed on Henderson’s ankle while trying to rush quarterback Deshaun Watson. Henderson was tended to on the field for a few minutes and then walked off under his own power.

After the training staff looked at him on the sideline, Henderson was helped onto a cart, hopping on his right leg, and driven into the tunnel beneath the stands.

It was a few plays after Houston defensive lineman Christian Covington needed medical attention. He is questionable to return with a thigh injury, according to the Texans.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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1:40 p.m.

Kirk Cousins has thrown his 100th career touchdown pass and his first for the Minnesota Vikings.

The new quarterback found Stefon Diggs in single coverage by San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon on a fade route on third-and-3 from 22 yards out in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The ball was perfectly placed along the edge of the end zone to give the Vikings a 10-0 lead over the 49ers.

Cousins spent the first six seasons of his career with Washington. He signed a three-year, $84 million, fully guaranteed contract with Minnesota in March.

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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1:26 p.m.

Andrew Luck is getting off to a bit of a rocky start in his return for the Indianapolis Colts.

After receiving a loud ovation during introductions, Luck made it onto the field for his first regular-season series in more than 20 months at the Bengals 7.

It didn’t last long.

Following a first-down run, rookie guard Quenton Nelson was called for a hold. On second-and-14 from the Bengals 14, Luck was picked off by linebacker Preston Brown on his first official pass since returning from shoulder surgery.

It got worse. Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams has been ejected after making a helmet to helmet hit on Luck. The Colts quarterback ran for 7 yards before being hit in the head by Williams while being tackled.

Luck did not leave the game.

— Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis.

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1:05 p.m.

The Ravens and Bills kicked off a new season on a wet field.

It’s been raining in the Baltimore area all weekend, at times heavily. Throw in a stiff wind and temperatures dipping below 60 degrees, and it’s as if this game was taking place in the middle of the season.

The Ravens are seeking to improve their record in openers under coach John Harbaugh to 8-3. Baltimore has won 18 of its last 20 home games in September.

This is the third career start for Buffalo quarterback Nathan Peterman, who enters with a career QB rating of 38.4.

— Dave Ginsburg reporting from Baltimore.

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1:10 p.m.

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson are the only NFL players seen kneeling during the national anthem of early games in protest of police brutality and social injustice.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist, and San Francisco wide receiver Marquise Goodwin raised his right arm with fist clenched during the anthem in New Orleans.

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith Jr. stood during the national anthem after staying in the locker room for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the preseason before playing the New York Giants.

Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews also was on the sideline after staying in the tunnel or locker room during the anthem much of last season.

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President Donald Trump has tweeted his disapproval of the NFL on Sunday morning before the first full slate of games.

The president has criticized players for their demonstrations protesting social injustice during the national anthem, and the league for not requiring players to be on the sideline at attention when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played.

He made reference to lower ratings on NBC in Thursday night’s season opener in which Super Bowl champion Philadelphia beat Atlanta 18-12.

“Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison,” Trump tweeted. “Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!”

The NFL unilaterally passed a policy requiring players to stand at attention for the anthem or to stay in the locker room or in the tunnel under the stands. When that policy met with heavy criticism, it was put on hold while the league and players’ association discussed other options. Those discussions are continuing.

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NFL injury notebook: Jags RB Fournette (hamstring) out

NFL injury notebook: Jags RB Fournette (hamstring) out

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette left Sunday's game against the New York Giants in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.

Fournette came up holding his right hamstring after being tackled on a short catch. The team

NFL injury notebook: Jags RB Fournette (hamstring) out

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette left Sunday’s game against the New York Giants in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.

Fournette came up holding his right hamstring after being tackled on a short catch. The team initially designated him questionable to return before ruling him out in the third quarter.

T.J. Yeldon stepped in as the primary back in Fournette’s absence, finishing with 14 carries for 51 yards, as well as three catches for 18 yards and a score.

–Houston Texans right tackle Seantrel Henderson was carted off the field in the second quarter against the Patriots and later diagnosed with a broken ankle.

Henderson got rolled up on by a few players after Patriots defensive end Keionta Davis hit Deshaun Watson from the opposite direction. Rookie Martinas Rankin, a third-round draft pick who spent most of training camp on the physically unable to perform list, took over at right tackle. Cornerback Kevin Johnson also left for the Texans after being diagnosed with a concussion.

On the Patriots’ side, running back Jeremy Hill left with a knee injury after taking a helmet to the knee in the third quarter and did not return. Hill had four carries for 25 yards and one catch for 6 yards before departing.

–Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson left early against the Saints with a concussion and did not return.

Jackson had his head slammed to the turf while making a 35-yard catch down the right sideline midway through the fourth quarter. He finished his day with five grabs for 146 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown.

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves also left and did not return after suffering a shoulder injury. Wideout Mike Evans left briefly with an apparent arm injury but returned, finishing with seven catches for 147 yards and a 50-yard score.

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Injury roundup: Colts LT Castonzo, RB Mack inactive

Injury roundup: Colts LT Castonzo, RB Mack inactive

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo and running back Marlon Mack are inactive for the Indianapolis Colts.

Castonzo, who battled a hamstring injury most of the month of August, attempted to practice with the team this week but was unable to pass a

Injury roundup: Colts LT Castonzo, RB Mack inactive

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo and running back Marlon Mack are inactive for the Indianapolis Colts.

Castonzo, who battled a hamstring injury most of the month of August, attempted to practice with the team this week but was unable to pass a pregame test of the strained muscle.

Quarterback Andrew Luck is returning from a season-long absence behind a shaky offensive line against a defense known for its four-man pass rush.

Mack is also out with a hamstring injury. He also attempted to practice late in the week and work out before Sunday’s opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Panthers TE Olsen set to face Cowboys

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will play in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys .

A team official told NFL Network on Sunday morning that Olsen is good to go. He was added to the injury report on Saturday and was listed as questionable with a back injury.

With the Panthers already thin at the position, losing Olsen likely would lead to major alterations in the team’s game plan against the Cowboys, who visit Bank of America Stadium for the regular-season opener on Sunday.

Ian Thomas likely would get more reps if Olsen is limited by the injury.

Patriots rookie RB Michel out vs. Texans

First-round pick Sony Michel will not play against the Houston Texans.

Michel was limited this week in practice by a nagging knee injury.

Without Michel, Rex Burkhead is likely to play additional reps.

For the Texans, wide receiver Will Fuller is not playing in Week 1 because of a strained hamstring.

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Report: Chargers’ Bosa (foot) could miss multiple games

Report: Chargers' Bosa (foot) could miss multiple games

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is expected to miss more than Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs as the result of his foot injury, according to a report from ESPN on Saturday night.

Bosa was ruled out for the

Report: Chargers’ Bosa (foot) could miss multiple games

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is expected to miss more than Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs as the result of his foot injury, according to a report from ESPN on Saturday night.

Bosa was ruled out for the season opener against the Chiefs on Friday with an injury to his left foot. He sustained the injury during practice on Aug. 7 and injured it again in practice on Wednesday.

Bosa sat out practice Thursday, and on Friday, he was seen with a walking boot, according to the NFL Network.

He will meet with a foot specialist on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury and a potential timetable for his return, according to ESPN.

Bosa, 23, missed the first four games of his rookie season in 2016 due to a hamstring injury but has played all 28 games since. He had 12.5 sacks, 21 quarterback hits, 70 tackles (11 for loss) and four forced fumbles last year, earning his first career Pro Bowl nod.

Isaac Rochell is expected to start in Bosa’s place on Sunday.

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Jets LB Martin out vs. Lions, WR Kearse and S Maye doubtful

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets outside linebacker Josh Martin has been ruled out Monday night at Detroit because of a concussion.

The Jets also announced Saturday that wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) and safety Marcus Maye (foot) are doubtful to play.

With Martin sidelined, New York promoted rookie outside linebacker

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets outside linebacker Josh Martin has been ruled out Monday night at Detroit because of a concussion.

The Jets also announced Saturday that wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) and safety Marcus Maye (foot) are doubtful to play.

With Martin sidelined, New York promoted rookie outside linebacker Frankie Luvu from the practice squad and waived fullback Lawrence Thomas.

Quincy Enunwa is likely to move into the starting lineup opposite Robby Anderson with Kearse, who led the team in receptions last season, sidelined.

Coach Todd Bowles said either Doug Middleton or J.J. Wilcox would replace Maye if the second-year safety couldn’t play.

Luvu, an undrafted free agent out of Washington State, was among the Jets’ final cuts last weekend.

Without Thomas, New York has no players listed at fullback. Tight end Eric Tomlinson will likely fill that role.

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49ers place Dekoda Watson in IR with hamstring injury

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Dekoda Watson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

The 49ers made the move on Saturday, a day after Watson got hurt in practice. Watson will miss at least eight weeks before he can be activated.

Watson played 14 games last

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Dekoda Watson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

The 49ers made the move on Saturday, a day after Watson got hurt in practice. Watson will miss at least eight weeks before he can be activated.

Watson played 14 games last season and had three tackles on defense and six special teams tackles. He is one of the few natural edge rushers on the team, leaving a hole when the season starts Sunday at Minnesota.

San Francisco didn’t immediately fill Watson’s roster spot.

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Panthers OLs Williams, Silatolu questionable

Panthers OLs Williams, Silatolu questionable

Carolina Panthers right tackle Daryl Williams and guard Amini Silatolu are each questionable for Sunday's opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

Both offensive linemen have been limited in practice this week as they steadily recover from knee injuries suffered during training camp, but head coach Ron

Panthers OLs Williams, Silatolu questionable

Carolina Panthers right tackle Daryl Williams and guard Amini Silatolu are each questionable for Sunday’s opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

Both offensive linemen have been limited in practice this week as they steadily recover from knee injuries suffered during training camp, but head coach Ron Rivera said he is “building confidence” that they could play Sunday.

“It’s one of those things if you had another day to practice and really, truly be able to stress them the way you’d want to, you could tell a lot,” Rivera said. “They came in today pretty good, and the last couple of days we’ve been able to increase their workload and have them take the reps that have been set up for them. That’s been outstanding.”

Even if Williams doesn’t play, he’s made great strides just to have a chance, as injured reserve was considered a likelihood when he dislocated the patella and tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on July 28. Williams opted for rehab over surgery but was still expected to miss much of the regular season before practicing this week on a limited basis. Now it appears he will return Sunday or by Week 2.

Silatolu had surgery Aug. 10 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He remains listed as the starter at left guard — a position vacated when All-Pro Andrew Norwell left via free agency in March — though Greg Van Roten has drawn praise working at that spot in Silatolu’s absence.

The Panthers’ offensive line is already without left tackle Matt Kalil for at least eight weeks after he was placed on injured reserve following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Wide receiver Curtis Samuel was, as expected, ruled out for Sunday’s opener after reportedly having a minor heart procedure earlier this week.

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Bucs LT Smith questionable, CB Grimes doubtful

Bucs LT Smith questionable, CB Grimes doubtful

Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith (knee) is questionable for Sunday's opener against the New Orleans Saints, while cornerback Brent Grimes is doubtful after straining his groin Friday.

Grimes, 35, was not listed on the injury report this week before Friday's development.

Bucs LT Smith questionable, CB Grimes doubtful

Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith (knee) is questionable for Sunday’s opener against the New Orleans Saints, while cornerback Brent Grimes is doubtful after straining his groin Friday.

Grimes, 35, was not listed on the injury report this week before Friday’s development. Cornerback De’Vante Harris also picked up a Friday injury — to his hamstring — and is doubtful, which could give Tampa Bay limited depth against Drew Brees and the Saints.

Rookie cornerback M.J. Stewart practiced in full after being limited Wednesday and Thursday and is expected to play. He and fellow second-rounder Carlton Davis should join Vernon Hargreaves in the rotation Sunday.

Smith, who sprained his knee in an Aug. 21 practice and was given a two- to four-week timetable, also made his first full practice of the week on Friday and is expected to give it a go against the Saints.

The 25-year-old has started all 48 games at left tackle since he was taken 34th overall by the Bucs in the 2015 draft. He had not missed a snap in his career until the second half of a Week 9 game against the Saints last season.

Grimes has missed just four games over the last five seasons since tearing his Achilles in 2012, although three of those games came last season with a shoulder issue.

As expected, first-round pick Vita Vea is out Sunday with a calf injury. Vea has yet to practice since going down in practice on July 29 and needs to make significant progress to have a shot at debuting in Week 2.

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Dolphins WR Parker (finger) practices, but doubtful

Dolphins WR Parker (finger) practices, but doubtful

Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker returned to practice Friday for the first time since breaking his right middle finger nearly four weeks ago, but was listed as doubtful for Sunday's season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Parker ran pass routes on the side

Dolphins WR Parker (finger) practices, but doubtful

Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker returned to practice Friday for the first time since breaking his right middle finger nearly four weeks ago, but was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Parker ran pass routes on the side but the injury hasn’t healed enough for him to catch passes. He was wearing a large pad on his hand to protect the finger.

Parker’s season debut could come in Week 2 against the New York Jets or the following week against the Oakland Raiders.

Parker caught 57 passes for 670 yards and one touchdown last season. The 2015 first-round pick has 139 receptions for 1,908 yards and eight touchdowns in three NFL seasons.

Offseason acquisition Albert Wilson will start in Parker’s place against the Titans.

Also, running back Frank Gore was back at practice after resting Thursday. Gore (Achilles) has started 108 consecutive games but that streak is in jeopardy with Miami leaning toward opening with Kenyan Drake.

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NFL notebook: Falcons lose Pro Bowl S Neal for season

NFL notebook: Falcons lose Pro Bowl S Neal for season

Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl strong safety Keanu Neal will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday's season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced.

Neal twice departed the

NFL notebook: Falcons lose Pro Bowl S Neal for season

Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl strong safety Keanu Neal will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday’s season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced.

Neal twice departed the game because of left knee issues. He didn’t return after the second injury occurred in the third quarter. The tear was detected during an MRI exam on Friday.

Coach Dan Quinn said he didn’t think Neal’s injury was serious after Thursday’s contest. But he and the Atlanta players were in a somber mood Friday after learning of the seriousness of the injury.

“That one hurts for us because he certainly exemplifies not only our style as a ballplayer but as a teammate, too,” Quinn said in a press conference. “We’re bummed for him, and that’s certainly tough for us today.”

–Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa will miss the season opener Sunday with an injury to his left foot, the team announced.

Bosa suffered a left foot injury during practice on Aug. 7 but injured it again in practice on Wednesday, his first session back on the field. He sat out practice Thursday, and on Friday, he was seen with a walking boot, according to NFL Network.

The Chargers will host AFC West rival Kansas City on Sunday. That should make life easier for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who begins his first season as the starter for the Chiefs.

–Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dion Jordan and running back Rashaad Penny will suit up the season opener against the Broncos at Denver on Sunday.

Head coach Pete Carroll said Penny, the team’s first-round draft pick, is recovered from the hand injury he suffered in practice after the first preseason game. Penny underwent surgery and is likely to be the backup to Chris Carson to begin the season.

“He’s been on call for everything he could possibly be ready for and he’s been always pushing to get out sooner and push all of the time frames,” Carroll said. “His mentality has been great about it. So he’s ready to play.”

–Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown watched the locker room drama play out regarding holdout running back Le’Veon Bell earlier this week and was not impressed.

Bell has declined to sign his $14.5 million franchise tag for this season and emotions boiled over on Wednesday when several players let loose with their feelings over his absence. Brown said the turmoil — the strong comments, the harsh critiques — was unnecessary.

“No one wins when the family feuds,” Brown told reporters two days before the Sunday season opener against the Cleveland Browns. “At the end of the day, we’re family. We want the best for him. That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about pointing fingers and fighting among each other. We are a core group that should respect and love each other regardless of the situation.”

–The New York Giants created $3 million in cap space by restructuring cornerback Janoris Jenkins’ contract, ESPN reported.

To free the space, the Giants converted $4.5 million of his base salary into a proratable bonus. That gives them some cap space to begin the season.

According to Spotrac, the Giants have $4.24 million in cap space available, more than only the Carolina Panthers, Denver, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. In contrast, the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts each have more than $50 million.

–The Chicago Bears signed nose tackle Eddie Goldman to a four-year, $42 million extension.

Goldman will receive $25 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports. The Bears confirmed the extension through the 2022 season but didn’t reveal financial terms.

“This is a key extension for the future of the Bears and an anchor for our defense,” Chicago general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “We are excited to be able to reward one of our own in Eddie. We put pride in drafting and developing players and Eddie has put the work in every day to earn this opportunity.”

–Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was a full participant at practice and is set to start Sunday’s opener in a much-anticipated matchup with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Ramsey was limited by an ankle injury Thursday but Jacksonville had its entire 53-man roster available with no injuries in their final workout before heading to New York for the Week 1 game.

“A lot of people are going to try and make it about me and him specifically. That’s not what it is about,” the 23-year-old Ramsey said of locking up Beckham. “It’s 11 versus 11. It’s not me vs. him all game. I’ll be on him a fair amount; I’m sure other guys will be on him too.”

–Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker returned to practice for the first time since breaking his right middle finger nearly four weeks ago but is doubtful for Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Parker ran pass routes on the side but the injury hasn’t healed enough for him to catch passes. He was wearing a large pad on his hand to protect the finger.

–Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is being held without bond on a suspicion of rape in Wichita, Kan., according to multiple outlets that cited jail records.

Randle, a Wichita native, was taken into custody at Sedgwick County Jail around 3:45 a.m. The 26-year-old has spent most of the past two years in jail but was released in June after receiving five years’ probation related to an altercation at a house party in 2016.

Randle also is due for sentencing in another felony case on Oct. 9, according to The Wichita Eagle.

–Baltimore Ravens rookie kicker Kaare Vedvik is out of the hospital and expected to cooperate with police investigating an apparent assault on him last weekend.

Vedvik was found with substantial facial injuries and bruises on the back of his head in East Baltimore and taken to the hospital early Saturday morning.

The 24-year-old Vedvik, a punter and kicker from Norway who attended Marshall, was placed on the reserve non-football injury list in the aftermath.

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Chargers’ Joey Bosa out for opener with left foot injury

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa has been ruled out for the opener against Kansas City after reinjuring his left foot.

Coach Anthony Lynn said Friday that Bosa's first foot injury, which happened during training camp and caused him to

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa has been ruled out for the opener against Kansas City after reinjuring his left foot.

Coach Anthony Lynn said Friday that Bosa’s first foot injury, which happened during training camp and caused him to miss the preseason, had healed but that he suffered a new injury during Wednesday’s practice.

Bosa has not practiced the past two days, and has a walking boot on his left foot. This will be the first game the third-year player has missed due to injury.

Lynn said tight end Antonio Gates, who re-signed with the team Monday, has looked good during practices this week and will be active for Sunday’s game.

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Falcons S Neal (ACL) lost for season

Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday's season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced.

 

Neal twice departed the game because of injuries to the

Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday’s season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced.

 

Neal twice departed the game because of injuries to the left knee. He didn’t return after the second injury occurred in the third quarter.

 

The tear was detected during an MRI exam on Friday.

 

Coach Dan Quinn said he didn’t think Neal’s injury was serious after Thursday’s contest.

 

Second-year pro Damontae Kazee replaced Neal and figures to move into the starting lineup. Kazee opened eyes with a strong preseason and also delivered a big play in Thursday’s game when his hit on Philadelphia tight end Dallas Goedert dislodged the ball and led to an interception by Deion Jones.

 

Kazee, a product of San Diego State, was a 2017 fifth-round pick.

 

Atlanta also recently acquired safety Jordan Richards from the New England Patriots.

 

The 23-year-old Neal had one interception, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles last year during his second NFL season.

 

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Giants LB Olivier Vernon will miss opener against Jags

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants will be without their best pass rusher for the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday that linebacker/defensive end Olivier Vernon will miss Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium with an ankle injury. Fellow

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants will be without their best pass rusher for the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday that linebacker/defensive end Olivier Vernon will miss Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium with an ankle injury. Fellow linebacker Tae Davis also was listed as out with a hamstring injury. Neither player practiced this week.

Vernon, who had 6½ sacks in 10 games last season, was hurt in a practice before the preseason finale against the New England Patriots. He has not practiced since the injury.

Either rookie Lorenzo Carter or veteran Connor Barwin probably will replace Vernon in the new 3-4 defensive scheme that will be tested by one of the top running attacks in the league.

The Giants have played the run well in the preseason. Vernon has been a big part of that along with the line of Snacks Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson and rookie B.J. Hill.

A third-round draft pick out of Georgia, Carter’s stock has been shooting up since the start of training camp. He is fast and physical. Barwin, who was signed before the start of camp, has more experience and 55½ career sacks entering his 10th season.

“I have no choice,” Carter said Friday of his anticipated pro debut. “I’m excited, ready for this season and ready for it to start. I want to go out and contribute.”

Defensive coordinator James Bettcher plans to use a few players to replace Vernon, who was transitioning from a defensive end in the old 4-3 system to a hybrid linebacker in the 3-4.

Vernon, who also missed four games with an ankle injury last season, was not in the locker room this week to discuss his injury.

Bettcher said Carter has been improving with each week.

“I think the thing I see the most is the faster he plays,” Bettcher said. “He’s starting to really understand what we’re doing and what we’re asking of him, number one, then two, just as a rusher, he’s really learning how to rush.”

Barwin, who have five sacks with the Rams last season, missed the final three games of the preseason nursing a knee problem. It was more precautionary than anything, he said.

“My body feels good,” Barwin said. “It’s funny when people talk about Lorenzo and me, I’m obviously closer to the end of my career and he’s right at the beginning of his. But majority of my career I’ve played maybe 90 percent of the snaps for every season. So I’m used to getting a lot of snaps. However things unfold here, whatever they ask me to do, I’m confident I’ll be able to do it.”

Barwin has experience against the Jaguars. He faced them last year with the Rams in a 27-17 win.

“I went back and watched the film,” Barwin said. “We did all right, but they ran the ball a little bit on us. That’s in the past, and we’re prepared this week for what the Giants defense is going to do and hopefully be a little bit better.”

Shurmur didn’t believe Vernon’s injury would be long term, saying he is making progress.

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Dolphins WR Parker (finger) returns to practice

Dolphins WR Parker (finger) returns to practice

Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker returned to practice Friday for the first time since breaking his right middle finger nearly four weeks ago.

Parker ran pass routes on the side but the injury hasn't healed enough for him to catch passes. He was

Dolphins WR Parker (finger) returns to practice

Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker returned to practice Friday for the first time since breaking his right middle finger nearly four weeks ago.

Parker ran pass routes on the side but the injury hasn’t healed enough for him to catch passes. He was wearing a large pad on his hand to protect the finger.

Parker undoubtedly will be listed as out when the Dolphins release their injury report later Friday for Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

A more likely target for Parker’s season debut is the Week 2 game against the New York Jets or the following week against the Oakland Raiders.

Parker caught 57 passes for 670 yards and one touchdown last season. The 2015 first-round pick has 139 receptions for 1,908 yards and eight touchdowns in three NFL seasons.

Offseason acquisition Albert Wilson will start in Parker’s place against the Titans.

Also, running back Frank Gore was back at practice after resting Thursday. Gore (Achilles) has started 108 consecutive games but that streak is in jeopardy with Miami leaning toward opening with Kenyan Drake.

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Baltimore Ravens rookie out of hospital, has facial injuries

BALTIMORE (AP) — The rookie Baltimore Ravens kicker injured in an apparent assault has been released from the hospital, and is expected to cooperate with police.

Team spokesman Kevin Bryne told The Baltimore Sun on Thursday that Kaare Vedvik suffered a bruise to the back of his head and significant facial injuries. Vedvik's

BALTIMORE (AP) — The rookie Baltimore Ravens kicker injured in an apparent assault has been released from the hospital, and is expected to cooperate with police.

Team spokesman Kevin Bryne told The Baltimore Sun on Thursday that Kaare Vedvik suffered a bruise to the back of his head and significant facial injuries. Vedvik’s injuries had been redacted from the police report released Tuesday.

That report said the 24-year-old Norwegian told the team’s security head he couldn’t remember what happened after a teammate called around 3 a.m. Saturday. Vedvik had told the teammate he was good. He was found around an hour later, injured and missing his phone and wallet.

Police haven’t found witnesses.

Coach John Harbaugh has said the injuries likely cost Vedvik an NFL job. He’s on the team’s reserve/non-football injury list.

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Cowboys’ Frederick at ease despite unknown of nerve disorder

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Travis Frederick of the Dallas Cowboys says he was relieved to know what was wrong when he was diagnosed with a nerve disorder, even though the four-time Pro Bowl center faces an uncertain recovery.

Frederick said Thursday in his first meeting

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Travis Frederick of the Dallas Cowboys says he was relieved to know what was wrong when he was diagnosed with a nerve disorder, even though the four-time Pro Bowl center faces an uncertain recovery.

Frederick said Thursday in his first meeting with reporters since the diagnosis that doctors “can’t even begin to predict how this is going to work.” The 27-year-old has Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition that affects the nervous system and leads to weakness in various parts of the body.

The 2016 All-Pro reiterated that his chances of a quick recovery improved when the disease was caught early. Frederick was diagnosed about 2½ weeks ago and immediately underwent treatment.

Frederick’s streak of starting all 83 games, including three playoff games, in his five seasons with the Cowboys will end Sunday. Dallas plays at Carolina.

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Dolphins TE Gray to IR with torn Achilles

Dolphins TE Gray to IR with torn Achilles

The Miami Dolphins placed starting tight end MarQueis Gray on injured reserve Thursday with a torn Achilles tendon, and he is expected to miss the entire season.

Gray, 28, suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday. He appeared in all 16 games

Dolphins TE Gray to IR with torn Achilles

The Miami Dolphins placed starting tight end MarQueis Gray on injured reserve Thursday with a torn Achilles tendon, and he is expected to miss the entire season.

Gray, 28, suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday. He appeared in all 16 games in each of the past two seasons with Miami, catching 14 passes for 174 yards in 2016 and one pass for 10 yards in 2017. He also rushed five times for 14 yards last season.

Undrafted out of the University of Minnesota in 2013, Gray played with Cleveland, Buffalo and Minnesota before joining the Dolphins.

The injury likely means a larger role for rookie tight tend Mike Gesicki, a second-round pick from Penn State. In four seasons with the Nittany Lions, he caught 129 passes for 1,481 yards and 15 touchdowns, although he is known more for his receiving than blocking.

Miami also signed tight end Gavin Escobar, who the team added as a free agent in April before releasing him last week during final cuts.

Escobar, 27, played in 62 games with the Dallas Cowboys from 2013-16 and caught 30 passes for 333 yards and eight touchdowns. He appeared in two games in 2017 with the Baltimore Ravens, but did not have any receptions.

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Dolphins TE MarQueis Gray goes on injured reserve

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins starting tight end MarQueis Gray has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury.

The Dolphins signed tight end Gavin Escobar, who played in 64 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013-16.

Gray played in every game

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins starting tight end MarQueis Gray has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury.

The Dolphins signed tight end Gavin Escobar, who played in 64 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013-16.

Gray played in every game the past two years. His injury likely means a bigger role for rookie tight end Mike Gesicki, a second-round pick.

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NFL Injury Report

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Football League injury report, as provided by the league (DNP: did not practice; LIMITED: limited participation; FULL: Full participation):

Thursday

ATLANTA FALCONS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — FALCONS: OUT:G Ben Garland (calf), CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: LS Josh Harris

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Football League injury report, as provided by the league (DNP: did not practice; LIMITED: limited participation; FULL: Full participation):

Thursday

ATLANTA FALCONS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — FALCONS: OUT:G Ben Garland (calf), CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: LS Josh Harris (hip). EAGLES: OUT: WR Mack Hollins (groin), WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), QB Carson Wentz (knee).

Sunday

BUFFALO BILLS at BALTIMORE RAVENS — BILLS: DNP: WR Ray-Ray McCloud (knee), LB Julian Stanford (nose). RAVENS: DNP: DT Willie Henry (abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (foot). LIMITED: CB Maurice Canady (thigh), LB Kenny Young (knee).

CINCINNATI BENGALS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — BENGALS: DNP: WR Cody Core (back). LIMITED: S Clayton Fejedelem (calf), T Cordy Glenn (shoulder), CB Tony McRae (ankle). FULL: TE Tyler Eifert (back), LB Vincent Rey (ankle), TE Mason Schreck (toe). COLTS: DNP: T Denzelle Good (knee/wrist), RB Marlon Mack (hamstring). LIMITED: T Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), CB Nate Hairston (hamstring), LB Darius Leonard (ankle/chest), LB Anthony Walker (groin).

DALLAS COWBOYS at CAROLINA PANTHERS — COWBOYS: DNP: C Travis Frederick (illness), DE Datone Jones (knee), S Xavier Woods (hamstring). LIMITED: CB Chidobe Awuzie (back), G Parker Ehinger (knee), S Kavon Frazier (shoulder). PANTHERS: DNP: G Brendan Mahon (neck), WR Curtis Samuel (medical illness). LIMITED: TE Chris Manhertz (foot), G Amini Silatolu (knee), T Daryl Williams (knee).

HOUSTON TEXANS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — TEXANS: DNP: CB Kayvon Webster (achilles). LIMITED: WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), LB Duke Ejiofor (hamstring), WR Will Fuller (hamstring), LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring). FULL: K Ka’imi Fairbairn (right thigh), CB Kevin Johnson (concussion). PATRIOTS: LIMITED: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (illness), S Duke Dawson (hamstring), TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), RB Sony Michel (knee). FULL: T Marcus Cannon (calf), S Nate Ebner (knee)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at NEW YORK GIANTS — JAGUARS: DNP: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle). LIMITED: C Brandon Linder (knee), T Jermey Parnell (knee). GIANTS: DNP: LB Tae Davis (hamstring), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle).

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS — CHIEFS: DNP: S Eric Berry (heel). FULL: DE Allen Bailey (knee), DT Justin Hamilton (ankle), WR Marcus Kemp (ankle), LB Reggie Ragland (knee). CHARGERS: Practice Not Complete

PITTSBURGH STEELERS at CLEVELAND BROWNS — STEELERS: d LIMITED: TE Vance McDonald (foot). BROWNS: DNP: LB James Burgess (concussion), CB E.J. Gaines (knee). LIMITED: LB Genard Avery (glute), DT Trevon Coley (ankle), TE Seth DeValve (quadricep), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), T Desmond Harrison (knee). FULL: CB Damarious Randall (knee).

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS — 49ERS: Practice Not Complete. VIKINGS: DNP: CB Mackensie Alexander (ankle), RB Roc Thomas (ankle). LIMITED: C Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder), T Riley Reiff (foot), CB Xavier Rhodes (hamstring), CB Marcus Sherels (hamstring). FULL: WR Stacy Coley (groin).

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at DENVER BRONCOS — SEAHAWKS: Practice Not Complete. BRONCOS: LIMITED: G Sam Jones (low back), LB Shane Ray (wrist). FULL: LB Joseph Jones (hamstring), G Ronald Leary (knee), LB Brandon Marshall (knee), WR Tim Patrick (calf), CB Bradley Roby (wrist).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — BUCCANEERS: DNP: DT Vita Vea (calf). LIMITED: T Donovan Smith (knee), G Evan Smith (hip), CB M.J. Stewart (foot). SAINTS: DNP: T Andrus Peat (quadricep).

TENNESSEE TITANS at MIAMI DOLPHINS — TITANS: DNP: S Kendrick Lewis (foot). LIMITED: T Jack Conklin (knee), LB Rashaan Evans (hamstring), LB Harold Landry (ankle), LB Derrick Morgan (knee). DOLPHINS: DNP: WR DeVante Parker (finger). LIMITED: TE MarQueis Gray (foot), G Ted Larsen (knee). FULL: RB Frank Gore (achilles), WR Jakeem Grant (concussion), G Josh Sitton (shoulder).

WASHINGTON REDSKINS at ARIZONA CARDINALS — REDSKINS: DNP: WR Maurice Harris (concussion). FULL: LB Zach Brown (oblique), QB Colt McCoy (right thumb). CARDINALS: DNP: DE Markus Golden (knee). LIMITED: TE Jermaine Gresham (achilles), RB T.J. Logan (ankle), DT Robert Nkemdiche (foot), DT Corey Peters (knee), DT Olsen Pierre (toe). FULL: T Korey Cunningham (thumb).

CHICAGO BEARS at GREEN BAY PACKERS — BEARS: DNP: S DeAndre Houston-Carson (forearm, back). LIMITED: TE Daniel Brown (shoulder). PACKERS: DNP: S Josh Jones (ankle). LIMITED: LB Oren Burks (shoulder), LB James Crawford (hamstring).

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Watt (Texans), Luck (Colts) ready for 60 minutes

Watt (Texans), Luck (Colts) ready for 60 minutes

Houston Texans: Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt is hoping for better fortunes after being limited to just eight games over the past two seasons due to back and leg injuries. Watt feels like it has been a long time since he

Watt (Texans), Luck (Colts) ready for 60 minutes

Houston Texans: Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt is hoping for better fortunes after being limited to just eight games over the past two seasons due to back and leg injuries. Watt feels like it has been a long time since he played in a game and understands why outsiders have doubts that he can play a full season. “I’m sure there are a lot of people that are cautiously optimistic,” Watt said. “I’m just looking forward to going out there and playing football, letting it loose, having fun and letting the chips fall where they may. It’s been a long road. It’s been a grind, a lot of ups and downs the last two years. I love this game.” Watt’s first game in 11 months comes against the New England Patriots.

Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck returns to game action for the first time in 20 months. His passing shoulder is feeling fine but Luck also thinks he will be a better quarterback when he steps on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. “Personally, I feel like I’ve gotten better,” Luck said. “Been on the right arc, the right path. I think this team’s been on the right arc.” New coach Frank Reich will have a first-hand look at Luck in game action for the first time. “What’s exciting for our team and our fans is we get him for 60 minutes,” Reich said. “The longer a guy like that is on the field, the better.”

Jacksonville Jaguars: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in danger of missing Sunday’s opener against the New York Giants due to a core muscle injury. “We’re just going to be smart about it,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. “I feel like he’ll play, but you never know. That’s me saying it — not him or the doctors.” The Jaguars signed the fifth-year pro as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and he has been running first string ahead of James O’Shaughnessy and Niles Paul. Asked about signing another tight end, Marrone said: “I don’t know if we’re at that point yet in our process.”

Tennessee Titans: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews is expected to be full-go for the contest against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday after recovering from a knee injury suffered early in training camp. Matthews has been highly productive in two seasons with the Titans by catching 118 passes for 1,740 yards and 13 touchdowns in 30 games. “I’m excited,” Matthews said. “And I think I am as good as I am going to be right now. I’m ready to go in there and contribute wherever they need me.” Quarterback Marcus Mariota is pleased to see Matthews running well. “I’m happy to have him out there,” Mariota said. “He’s another weapon for us and somebody that can go out there and make plays.”

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Chiefs S Berry (heel) misses practice

Chiefs S Berry (heel) misses practice

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry's availability for Sunday's regular-season opener remains in doubt after he missed Wednesday's practice with a sore heel.

Head coach Andy Reid has labeled Berry, who is returning from a ruptured Achilles suffered in the 2017 season opener, as

Chiefs S Berry (heel) misses practice

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry’s availability for Sunday’s regular-season opener remains in doubt after he missed Wednesday’s practice with a sore heel.

Head coach Andy Reid has labeled Berry, who is returning from a ruptured Achilles suffered in the 2017 season opener, as day-to-day, while saying “we’ll see” when asked if he’ll play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“It is literally day-to-day,” trainer Rick Burkholder reiterated to reporters Wednesday. “He won’t practice today, but he’s spent a lot of time with us, he’s improving, he’s getting better every day. And so we’ll continue with that process.”

Berry, 29, did not play in the preseason and has sat out practices with the issue since mid-August. His Achilles injury last season was on his left foot, but the heel injury is to his right.

Berry has played in 15-plus games in five of his eight NFL seasons, earning Pro Bowl appearances in each of those campaigns and first-team All-Pro nods in 2013, 2015-16). He missed all but one game in 2011 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and he sat out the final 10 games in 2014 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

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