Jan 14, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions safety Kerby Joseph (31) breaks up a catch attempt by Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) during the second half of a 2024 NFC wild card game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Report: MRI confirms torn ACL for Rams TE Tyler Higbee

Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

An MRI confirmed the injury, per the report.

Higbee was injured during Los Angeles’ 24-23 NFC wild-card loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He was trying to secure a pass from Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford when Lions safety Kerby Joseph went low, diving headfirst into his knee with 5:05 left in the game.

Prior to that play, Higbee had not been targeted in the contest.

Medical staff had to help Higbee to the sideline, but he did walk off the field under his own power.

Following the game, Kerby said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he had “no intention to hurt nobody and or harm their career.”

In 15 regular-season games during the 2023 season, Higbee, who turned 31 on Jan. 1, had 47 catches for 495 yards and two touchdowns. He just completed his eighth NFL season and has spent his entire career with the Rams.

Los Angeles went 10-7 this season before getting knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday.

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Sep 30, 2023; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Mitchell Evans (88) catches the football during the first half of the game against Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame TE Mitchell Evans (ACL) out for season

Notre Dame tight end Mitchell Evans will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, head coach Marcus Freeman said Monday.

Evans was injured Saturday in a blowout of Pitt. He is the leading receiver for the No. 12 Irish with 29 receptions and 422 receiving yards.

He made five catches for 66 yards in the 58-7 win over the Panthers before sustaining a knee injury in the second half.

Holden Staes, who had two catches for 14 yards against Pitt, likely becomes the No. 1 tight end for the Irish. He has 12 catches for 163 yards and four touchdowns, on the season, the most among receivers.

Notre Dame (7-2) plays at Clemson (4-4) this week.

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Oct 22, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) scores a touchdown past Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (7) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Pats WR Kendrick Bourne tears ACL, done for ’23

New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne suffered a torn right ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins and will miss the rest of the season, ESPN and NFL Network reported Monday.

Per the report, tests performed Monday morning revealed the extent of the injury, which has an estimated recovery time of six to eight months.

Bourne caught three passes for 36 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He suffered the injury on a tackle in the fourth quarter.

Bourne, 28, leads the Patriots in receptions (37), yards (406) and touchdowns (four). In this third season in New England, Bourne was closing in on last season’s yardage total of 439 and already surpassed his one TD reception from 2022.

He played his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2017-20) before joining the Patriots. In 99 career games (25 starts), Bourne has gained 3,409 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.

Bourne is playing in the final season of a three-year, $15 million contract and will become a free agent in 2024.

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Jul 29, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarvion Overshown (35) during training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Cowboys lose two rookies to torn ACLs

Two Dallas Cowboys rookies — third-round linebacker DeMarvion Overshown and tight end John Stephens — are out for the season with torn ACLs, per multiple reports.

Overshown injured his left knee while making a tackle during the first quarter of Saturday’s 22-14 preseason loss at Seattle.

Overshown, 23, recorded 96 tackles (10 for losses) and four sacks in his final season at Texas in 2022.

“He’s had an incredible camp,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said after the game. “Seems like we talked about him every other day.”

The injury to Stephens occurred when a Seahawks defensive lineman clipped the side of his left knee while he was running a crossing pattern.

Stephens, 23, was undrafted out of Louisiana. He led the Cowboys with five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against Jacksonville.

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Ashton Dulin (16) rushes up the field Saturday, July 29, 2023, during Colts Training Back Together Weekend at Grand Park in Westfield.

Reports: Colts WR Ashton Dulin tears ACL in practice

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Ashton Dulin is out for the season with a torn ACL, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The injury reportedly occurred during Wednesday night’s practice.

The speedy Dulin, 26, had been listed as the backup to Michael Pittman Jr. on the Colts’ official depth chart.

Dulin caught 15 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (12 starts) with Indianapolis in 2022.

Since joining the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2019, he has tallied 33 catches for 450 yards and three TDs in 55 games (three starts).

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Green Bay Packers tight end Tyler Davis (84) is shown during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Green Bay, Wis.

Report: Packers TE Tyler Davis tears ACL

Green Bay Packers tight end Tyler Davis tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Friday night’s preseason opener, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Davis made two receptions for nine yards against the Cincinnati Bengals, the first one for a 5-yard score in the second quarter. The injury reportedly occurred on his second reception, when Davis got up limping.

He was carted to the locker room after trainers looked at the knee.

Davis, 26, was a sixth-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2020 NFL Draft. He played eight games for the Jaguars in 2020, then signed with the Packers in 2021.

In 31 games (one start) in Green Bay, he’s caught eight passes for 61 yards. While he has played just 17 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, he’s been a key contributor on special teams, taking part in 81 percent of snaps.

Even without an official diagnosis after the game, Packers coach Matt LaFleur knew the injury was severe.

“Whether it’s on teams or carving out a role on our offense, he’s the consummate professional. Great teammate, great human,” LaFleur said.

“We’re going to miss him.”

Rookie Luke Musgrave is listed as the starter at tight end on the depth chart. Tucker Kraft and Austin Allen now will fight for Davis’ No. 2 tight end spot.

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary (52) celebrates with teammates after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe during their football game Sunday, October 2, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers LB Rashan Gary (knee) returns from PUP list

Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary came off the physically unable to perform list on Monday, nine months after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament.

“He’ll be out there,” said LaFleur before Monday’s practice. “It’s going to be more or less, mostly individual (drills). Maybe some of the walk-through/jog-through, but he’s not going to be in any team.”

Even though he isn’t ready for full-team practices, it’s a major step forward for the Packers.

It was Gary’s first practice since suffering the ACL tear in a loss to the Detroit Lions Nov. 6. His 2022 season ended after nine games, and he recorded 32 tackles (seven for loss) along with 12 quarterback hits, six sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Gary, 25, was the Packers’ first-round draft pick (No. 12 overall) in 2019.

The Michigan product has 22.5 sacks and 135 tackles in 56 games (29 starts).

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Oct 2, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (33) is brought down by Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RB Javonte Williams to play in preseason

Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton saw enough in two days of padded practice to commit to playing running back Javonte Williams in preseason games.

Payton said the lead running back in Denver would play at least by the second game of the preseason after dominant stretches of practice the past two days.

Williams is returning from a season-ending ACL tear, but the final hurdle for him came in this week’s contact practices.

“He’ll get reps. It may be we wait until Week 2 (of the preseason). But I like how he’s progressed,” Payton said.

Williams had 47 carries and 16 receptions in four games when his season ended Oct. 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders. He has 250 career carries in his two seasons for 1,107 yards and four touchdowns.

Payton also confirmed linebacker Jonas Griffith tore his ACL during special teams drills earlier this week in a “fluke” play. He was placed on injured reserve. To fill the roster spot, the Broncos signed linebacker Austin Ajiake.

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Oct 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) warms up prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Bills’ Von Miller eyes season opener for return from ACL injury

Buffalo Bills pass rusher Von Miller said he expects to play in the season opener on Sept. 11, approximately 10 1/2 months removed from sustaining a torn right ACL.

“You know I love guarantees,” Miller said Thursday, via Channel 9NEWS in Denver. “It’s me, it’s Von. I love guarantees. I want to play. In 2013, I had (ACL) surgery in January and I played at the beginning of August in the preseason. So that put me around seven months, eight months.

“And 10 years removed from that, 2023, I have a whole new outlook. I know exactly where I’m supposed to be at two months, four months, six months and in the position where I’m at now. I feel great, I feel comfortable. I feel like I’ll be ready to go at the start of the season.”

Still, despite his confidence, he hedged a bit.

Miller, 34, is well aware of who he might be facing in the season opener, provided he is able to get back on the field.

“I trust our GM, I trust our athletic trainers, I trust our team, our owners. Whenever it’s time for me to play, I’ll be ready to go,” Miller said. “I want to be ready (for) Week 1 versus the Jets. Aaron Rodgers, ‘Monday Night Football.’

“But at the same time I’m not in control of that. I’m going to do everything I can physically, mentally, emotionally to be ready for that. But if it’s not the first week of the season, then it won’t be any longer than Week 6, for sure.”

Miller recorded eight sacks and 21 tackles while forcing one fumble in 11 games (all starts) last season, his first since signing a six-year, $120 million contract.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro has totaled 123.5 sacks, 561 tackles, 27 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries in 161 career games (all starts) with the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams and Bills.

He was part of Super Bowl-winning teams in both Denver and Los Angeles.

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Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive back Dontae Johnson (27) reacts to a play during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

49ers DB Dontae Johnson (ACL) out for season

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Dontae Johnson will miss the remainder of season because of a torn ACL, the team confirmed on Tuesday.

Johnson sustained the injury while playing on special teams during the 49ers’ 35-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. He was playing in just his second game this season after residing on the practice squad.

Johnson, 31, has recorded 214 career tackles, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries in 105 games (28 starts) with the 49ers (2014-17, 2019-22), Buffalo Bills (2018) and Los Angeles Chargers (2019).

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