Jan 9, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez (8) warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Colts P Rigoberto Sanchez tears Achilles running sprint, out for season

Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez is out for the season with a torn Achilles suffered during a wind sprint on Tuesday.

Sanchez is likely to miss several months, leaving the team without a kickoff specialist and punter, roles Sanchez filled since he joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

Running sprints for conditioning at the end of Tuesday’s practice, Sanchez pulled up injured. The Colts announced Wednesday he underwent testing that confirmed his Achilles is torn.

Last season, Sanchez dropped 24 of his 59 punts inside the opponents’ 20 and averaged 44.5 yards per punt.

Sanchez has also been one of the team’s primary holders for field goals and extra points.

–Field Level Media

May 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jakeem Grant Sr. (9) catches a pass during organized team activities at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns place WR/KR Jakeem Grant (torn Achilles) on IR

The Cleveland Browns placed Jakeem Grant on injured reserve Wednesday after an MRI confirmed a torn left Achilles for the wide receiver and return specialist.

Grant, 29, was carted off the practice field after being injured during one-on-one drills Tuesday at the team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio.

Coming off a 2021 Pro Bowl nod as a punt returner, Grant signed a three-year deal with the Browns in free agency that is worth up to $13.8 million.

Grant split the 2021 season between the Dolphins and Bears, with Miami trading him to Chicago in October for a 2023 sixth-round pick. He returned one punt for a touchdown and averaged 11.9 yards per punt return and 23.4 yards per kick return.

Grant entered the league with the Dolphins in 2016 and spent his first five-plus seasons in Miami. He has returned two kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns in his career. He also has 100 career receptions for 1,140 yards and seven touchdowns, along with one rushing touchdown.

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Apr 23, 2022; Notre Dame, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Jadarian Price (20) carries in the first quarter of the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Notre Dame RB Jadarian Price (Achilles) to miss season

Notre Dame running back Jadarian Price will miss his freshman season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, The Athletic reported Friday.

The injury occurred this week during training, per the report.

The Irish were counting on Price to play a key role this season, especially early after Logan Diggs sustained a shoulder injury in the Blue-Gold Game that is expected to sideline him to start the season.

Price, a four-star recruit from Denison, Texas, was the No. 17 running back in the Class of 2022, as ranked by the 247Sports composite.

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Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan defensive lineman David Ojabo (DL36) talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine.  Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Michigan’s David Ojabo tore Achilles at pro day

Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo sustained a torn Achilles during his pro day workout, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

Per ESPN, Ojabo is expected to return to play in approximately six months. A September return means he would miss the first few weeks of the regular season.

Ojabo, who is regarded as a potential first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, clutched his leg during a pass-rush drill and needed assistance to exit the field in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior took to Twitter to deliver a message to his fans.

“God got me!! ima be back stronger than ever (heart emoji) all part of my story,” he wrote.

Ojabo registered 11 sacks and five forced fumbles this season as the Wolverines advanced to the College Football Playoff.

Raised in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ojabo didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school after moving to the United States.

He did not appear in any games for Michigan as a freshman in 2019 and registered just one tackle in six games in 2020.

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Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) is driven off of the field after an injury during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Sterling Shepard tears Achilles, out for season

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard tore an Achilles tendon near the end of Sunday’s 21-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced.

The injury occurred on a non-contact play. He caught two passes for 15 yards on the day.

Shepard, 28, was playing in just his seventh game of the season after missing time because of hamstring and quad injuries. His 2021 season ends with 36 receptions for 366 yards and a touchdown.

The Giants selected Shepard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In 71 previous career games (69 starts), he had 347 receptions for 3,869 yards and 21 touchdowns.

New York (4-10) will travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles next weekend. With Sunday’s loss, the Giants now have lost 10 games or more in seven of the past eight seasons.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) is pushed out of bounds by New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Jets S Marcus Maye (torn Achilles) out for season

New York Jets safety Marcus Maye sustained a torn Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season, coach Robert Saleh announced Friday.

Maye suffered a non-contact injury during the second half of New York’s 45-30 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.

He recorded six tackles in that game to boost his season total to 46. He also has one sack in six games.

Maye is playing on the franchise tag in 2021 after he and the Jets failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension by the league deadline.

Maye, 28, has 312 tackles, six interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery since being selected by the Jets in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) participates in drills during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams RB Cam Akers out for season with torn Achilles

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is out for the entire 2021 season with a torn Achilles.

According to multiple reports, Akers was injured Monday while training for the upcoming season.

The Rams’ leading rusher in 2020, Akers is likely to be replaced by Darrell Henderson in the starting backfield for Los Angeles.

Veteran help, via free agency or a trade, could be part of the expanded picture for the Rams.

Among veterans still looking for work are Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy. Former Rams running back Todd Gurley reportedly agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens this week.

A second-round pick out of Florida State, Akers had 625 rushing yards on 145 attempts and two touchdowns as a rookie.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher done with torn Achilles

Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher left the AFC Championship Game with a torn Achilles and is facing an extended rehab, according to NFL Network.

“It doesn’t look too good with the Achilles,” head coach Andy Reid said Sunday night.

Mike Remmers moved from right tackle to left tackle in the Chiefs’ 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. Andrew Wylie moved from right guard to right tackle.

Fisher, 30, appeared in 117 games (113 starts) since the Chiefs selected him No. 1 overall out of Central Michigan in 2013. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who started 15 games this season while protecting the blind side of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The loss of Fisher could create major problems for the Chiefs, who already are without right tackle Mitchell Schwartz because of a back injury. Remmers has moved into a starting role to replace Schwartz, and Martinas Rankin is likely to start in place of Fisher against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (5) is chased by Cleveland Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns DE Vernon ruptures Achilles, out for playoffs

Defensive end Olivier Vernon suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Sunday, meaning the Cleveland Browns will be without a key piece of their defense in the playoffs.

Vernon sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of the Browns 24-22 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and will undergo surgery, coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday.

“Obviously I’m very disappointed for OV,” Stefanski said, per the team’s website. “He was playing at a high level and we’ll miss his leadership.”

The Browns (11-5) open the playoffs on Sunday night in Pittsburgh in a rematch with the Steelers (12-4).

Vernon’s responsibilities likely will shift to Adrian Clayborn and Porter Gustin. Clayborn brings a playoff pedigree, having won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.

“Those guys are important in January,” Stefanski said. “Adrian’s a leader of this football team and he doesn’t have to say much. It’s how he prepares and how he goes about his business. He’s been there, he’s done that. It’s great for our players to see a guy that even though he has that experience, he comes in every day ready to work.”

Vernon, 30, finishes the season with 36 tackles — 12 for loss — 16 quarterback hits, nine sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 14 games (13 starts). He and Myles Garrett, who has 12 sacks, made up a formidable tandem for opposing offensive lines.

The Browns acquired Vernon from the New York Giants in a trade in March 2019. He is due to become a free agent in March.

The Miami Dolphins selected Vernon in the third round of the 2012 draft. In 127 career games, he has 389 tackles. 63.5 sacks, 157 quarterback hits and nine forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

Oct 11, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter (59) is carted off the field in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Giants LB Carter ruptures Achilles, needs surgery

New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter ruptured his left Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 37-34 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and will have surgery this week.

The team confirmed the news Monday after reports indicated Carter was out for the season.

The non-contact injury happened in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium, and he was carted off the field.

Carter, 24, is in his third year with the Giants. A Georgia product, he was a third-round draft pick by New York in 2018.

In five games this season, he has 15 tackles (two for a loss), one sack, one pass defensed and four quarterback hits.

In 35 games (19 starts) with the Giants, he has 103 tackles (15 for loss). 9.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed and 27 QB hits.

–Field Level Media