Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson questionable for Sunday night at Broncos

Vikings All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson is questionable to play at Denver when Minnesota meets the Broncos on Sunday night.

Jefferson said Thursday after participating in individual drills in practice that the final call on his game status would be his to make. He remains in the 21-day window to return from injured reserve and last played Oct. 8. He said he wouldn’t play until he’s 100 percent healthy.

“Well, I’m the main person who’s gonna make the decision,” Jefferson told reporters. “At the end of the day, I’m the person that’s going out there running, putting my body on the line to win games.”

Kevin O’Connell sounded less than optimistic about Jefferson’s return this week.

“He was listed as limited, and that’s what I would classify him as,” O’Connell said Friday after practice.

Jefferson, 24, was injured in the Vikings’ Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has 36 catches for 571 yards and three TDs this season.

While he was sidelined, the Vikings lost quarterback Kirk Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury but haven’t lost a game. They have put together five consecutive wins.

The Vikings (6-4) are 2-0 since Joshua Dobbs took over at quarterback after injuries to Cousins and rookie Jaren Hall, who was ruled out for Week 11 at Denver. They are 1 1/2 games behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North.

Starting running back Alexander Mattison (concussion) is also questionable for Sunday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) reacts after completing a catch in the fourth quarter during a Week 9 NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins out again with hamstring injury

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins won’t play against the rival Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, missing his second straight game with a hamstring injury.

Higgins, who has not practiced this week, came away with the injury at practice last Wednesday and missed Sunday’s 30-27 loss to the Houston Texans.

The Bengals (5-4) lost to the AFC North-leading Ravens (7-3) at home in Week 2 despite Higgins catching eight passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns — his only scores this season.

Defensive end Sam Hubbard (ankle) and wide receiver Andrei Iosivas (knee) were also ruled out. Defensive end Trey Hendrickson, Cincinnati’s top pass rusher, will play Thursday after injuring his knee against the Texans.

Higgins, 24, has 27 catches for 328 yards in seven games this season. In four seasons with Cincinnati, he has 242 regular-season receptions for 3,356 yards and 21 TDs. He also has 31 receptions and three TDs in seven playoff games.

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Sep 25, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs WR Mike Evans to have MRI on hamstring

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans will have an MRI to determine the severity of a hamstring injury he sustained Sunday in a win over the New Orleans Saints, ESPN reported Tuesday.

It is believed to be a mild hamstring injury, per the report.

In four games this season, Evans has 20 catches for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

The Buccaneers have a Week 5 bye before returning to play on Oct. 15 against the Detroit Lions. Having the week off could bolster Evans’ chance of playing, especially if the injury is mild as believed.

Evans, 30, was the No. 7 overall draft pick in 2014. In his first nine seasons with the Bucs, he has nine straight 1,000-yard seasons — the most ever to start a career. Only Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jerry Rice has more with 11 (1986-96).

Evans is a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa (97) lines up before the snap during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers’ Joey Bosa (hamstring) active vs. Vikings

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who has been limited by a hamstring injury, will be active Sunday at the Minnesota Vikings, NFL Network reported.

It’s a must-win game for both teams, each seeking to avoid an 0-3 start to the season.

Per NFL Network, Bosa is expected to play more snaps than in Week 2, when he took part in 29 percent of the snaps in a 27-24 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Bosa, 28, has five tackles and two sacks on the season.

Bosa has played in 86 games (80 starts) since the Chargers selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was limited to just five games last season due to a groin injury.

In his career, he has 62.5 sacks and 306 tackles, plus 14 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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Aug 19, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) warms up on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers WR Diontae Johnson out a ‘few weeks’

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without wide receiver Diontae Johnson for a “few weeks” following a hamstring injury he sustained in the season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Johnson, the top option for quarterback Kenny Pickett, suffered the injury in the second half. He had three catches for 48 yards.

The 27-year-old Johnson, in his fifth season with the Steelers, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2021 after making 107 receptions for 1,161 yards with eight touchdowns in 16 games (14 starts). Last season, he started all 17 games and caught 86 passes for 882 yards but didn’t score.

He has 3,694 yards and 20 touchdowns in 65 career games (57 starts).

George Pickens, Calvin Austin and Allen Robinson likely will be the primary receivers in Johnson’s absence.

Also Sunday, the Steelers lost standout defensive lineman Cam Heyward for multiple weeks due to a groin injury.

Pittsburgh will host AFC North division rival Cleveland (1-0) on Monday.

–Field Level Media

Jun 14, 2023; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp (10) during minicamp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams WR Cooper Kupp (hamstring) placed in IR

The Los Angeles Rams put star wide receiver Cooper Kupp on injured reserve Saturday because of an ongoing hamstring problem, meaning the earliest he can play is Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tight end Hunter Long (thigh) also was placed on IR.

Rams coach Sean McVay already had ruled Kupp out for Week 1 against the host Seattle Seahawks. Kupp has been seeing a specialist for the hamstring condition.

Kupp, 30, was first injured in a training camp practice Aug. 1, leaving the field 30 minutes into a workout. He was originally expected to be out one to two weeks but he missed all three preseason games. He returned to practice before the Aug. 26 preseason game against the Denver Broncos before having a setback with the injury.

Kupp won the receiving triple crown in 2021, leading the NFL with 145 catches, 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, and won NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He was limited to nine games in 2022 with a high ankle sprain.

Long, 25, appeared in 16 games (two starts) over the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He has one 8-yard catch in his career.

–Field Level Media

Jun 14, 2023; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp (10) during minicamp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Rams WR Cooper Kupp (hamstring) likely out 1-2 weeks

Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp might be idle for multiple weeks with a hamstring injury that forced him to leave training camp practice Tuesday.

Kupp left the field 30 minutes into the workout and Rams public relations confirmed he was injured. ESPN reported an MRI showed Kupp would miss time but could be back on the field in 1-2 weeks.

Kupp played nine games last season before a season-ending ankle injury but led the NFL in receptions, yards and touchdowns in 2021.

“Obviously, we’re much better when he’s here, and we hope he’s going to be OK,” Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said. “If he’s not, we’ll see what happens, but the practice had to go on.”

The Rams are nearly six weeks away from the regular-season opener at Seattle on Sept. 10. The final preseason game for Los Angeles is Aug. 26 at Denver, which could be a reasonable target for Kupp to resume on-field work.

“I know he’ll do everything he can to work through whatever is going on and be back out here whenever it’s the right time,” Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

Kupp is the No. 1 receiver for the Rams, who traded away Allen Robinson II, with Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek listed as the No. 2 and No. 3 options for Stafford on the team’s depth chart.

Kupp, 30, has 508 catches for 6,329 yards and 46 touchdowns in 80 games (66 starts) since the Rams drafted him in the third round in 2017.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba fends off Utah cornerback Micah Bernard as he races to the end zone for a touchdown during the second quarter of the 2022 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba (hamstring) out again for No. 2 Ohio State

Ohio State will be without star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba again on Saturday when the No. 2 Buckeyes meet No. 13 Penn State on the road.

Smith-Njigba, a preseason All-American, has been plagued by a hamstring injury sustained in the opening game of the season against Notre Dame.

He has played in just parts of three games in 2022, catching five passes for 43 yards.

Big things were expected from Smith-Njigba this season after a stellar 2021, in which he set a Big Ten record for receiving yards with 1,606. His 95 catches also were an Ohio State record and the fifth most in Big Ten history. He also set Rose Bowl records with 347 receiving yards on 15 catches — three of them for touchdowns.

Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. have emerged as the top targets for quarterback C.J. Stroud in Smith-Njigba’s absence.

Egbuka has 41 catches for 735 yards and seven touchdowns, while Harrison has caught 38 passes for 598 yards and 10 scores.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos QB Russell Wilson has partial hamstring tear

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has a partially torn hamstring and could be sidelined beyond Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, NFL Network reported.

The Broncos haven’t revealed the extent of the injury, but NFL Network said tests earlier this week showed the partial tear, classified as a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

The team ruled Wilson out on Saturday and Brett Rypien was set to make the start against the Jets.

The report said a partial tear usually causes a player to miss multiple weeks. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday in London and then have a bye in Week 9, so Denver could be targeting a return for Wilson on Nov. 13 at Tennessee.

Wilson, 33, injured his hamstring in Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also has been playing through an injury to his throwing shoulder, a partially torn lat muscle that required a platelet-rich plasma injection.

The Denver offense has struggled despite the offseason acquisition of Wilson. The former Super Bowl winner has thrown for 1,442 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions through six games, completing 58.6 percent of his passes — far below his career average of 64.8.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) tries to break free from the grasp of Las Vegas Raiders safety Tre'von Moehrig (25) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) to have MRI

Los Angeles Chargers wideout Keenan Allen will have an MRI on his hamstring Monday, NFL Network reported.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection left Sunday’s season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter and did not return. He finished with four catches for 66 yards in the 24-19 win.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter had three receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Josh Palmer and Jalen Guyton could also see their roles increase this week.

Allen’s Week 2 status is in doubt as the Chargers (1-0) face a quick turnaround with a Thursday night game at the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0).

Allen, 30, has 734 receptions for 8,601 yards and 48 touchdowns in 117 games (112 starts) since the Chargers drafted him in the third round in 2013.

–Field Level Media