Green Bay Packers Allen Lazard (13) and wide receiver Davante Adams (17) participate in minicamp practice Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.

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Packers WR Allen Lazard on COVID list; Cardinals’ stars hobbling

Another Green Bay Packers wide receiver hit the COVID-19 list Tuesday when the team shifted Allen Lazard to the restricted reserve designation.

Ahead of their visit to Arizona for a Thursday game with the undefeated Cardinals, the Packers (6-1) are unlikely to have Davante Adams or Lazard in uniform.

Per NFL Network, Lazard is unvaccinated and would be out five days. Adams could travel to Arizona as late as Thursday if he produces two negative tests.

“I have talked to him,” Rodgers said of Adams. “He seems to be health-wise doing OK. Obviously, he’s disappointed.”

The Cardinals (7-0) also are fighting injuries.

Defensive lineman J.J. Watt (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, while wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) also was sidelined and linebacker Jordan Hicks (toe) was limited.

Hopkins has 33 receptions for 420 yards and seven touchdowns — all team highs — for the Cardinals in 2021.

Adams, who leads the Packers with 52 receptions for 744 yards through seven games, and defensive coordinator Joe Barry landed on the COVID list Monday. Barry is not traveling with the team to the Phoenix area.

It’s possible the Packers will get wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling back for the game. He has missed four games on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said Tuesday that Valdes-Scantling “has a chance” to play this week.

Right tackle Dennis Kelly (back) was the only player the Packers listed as “DNP” on Tuesday, but Green Bay’s injury report was an approximation of workout availability since the team didn’t hold a practice.

Lazard is currently tied for third on the team with 15 receptions this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) gives thumbs up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tom Brady (thumb) OK, Lavonte David (ankle) out Thursday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is not expected to miss any time after injuring his right thumb in Sunday’s win against Miami, NFL Network reported Monday.

Linebacker Lavonte David, however, is reportedly expected to miss at least this Thursday night’s game with a low-ankle sprain suffered in the 45-17 victory over the Dolphins.

The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (4-1) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) for the Week 6 contest.

Brady, 44, hurt his thumb early in Sunday’s game but finished with 411 yards and five touchdown passes. It was the first time in his 22-year career that he passed for 400-plus yards with five TDs in the same game.

David, 31, injured his ankle in the first half and was ruled out for the second half. He has 34 tackles and one sack in five starts this season, his 10th year with the Buccaneers.

He is considered week-to-week.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs after a catch during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

49ers TE George Kittle (calf) questionable for Sunday

The San Francisco 49ers could be without one of their most important players for Sunday’s showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.

Star tight end George Kittle (calf) is listed as questionable for the game between the NFC West rivals. He sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday before practicing Friday on a limited basis.

“I’m going to do everything I can to be able to be on the field on Sunday,” Kittle said Friday. “And then if the body says I can go, I’ll be out there.”

Kittle, who has been dealing with the calf injury since Week 1, has 15 catches for 187 yards this season. He has yet to score a touchdown.

The 27-year-old was limited to eight games last season due to knee and foot injuries. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the previous two seasons, averaging 86.5 catches, 1,215 yards and five touchdowns during those two standout seasons.

Running back Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) also is questionable for Sunday, while cornerback Josh Norman (lung) is doubtful.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) puts a stiff arm to the helmet of Detroit Lions defensive back Will Harris (25) in the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

49ers RB Raheem Mostert to miss 8 weeks; CB Jason Verrett has torn ACL

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert is out for up to two months with chipped cartilage in his knee.

Mostert left Sunday’s Week 1 win over the Detroit Lions in the first half and did not return. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Mostert would likely miss eight weeks.

Shanahan also confirmed cornerback Jason Verrett is out for the season with a torn ACL. He was injured with 7:28 remaining in the fourth quarter Sunday and the 49ers leading 41-17.

Both players are heading to injured reserve. Mostert will be eligible to return after sitting out three weeks.

Mostert started the game and had two carries for 20 yards for the 49ers but San Francisco showed impressive depth without him.

Elijah Mitchell rushed 19 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, and the 49ers can also turn to rookie Trey Sermon, who was a surprise gameday inactive at Detroit.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) walks off the field after an injury against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Busy week for Rams trainers leading to Green Bay

Though their Tuesday light workout included merely an estimation of players’ progress heading into Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game in Green Bay, the Los Angeles Rams will spend the week dealing with significant injuries, making their preparation for the favored Packers all the more challenging.

Most notably, Rams coach Sean McVay had already indicated that he is optimistic that defensive end Aaron Donald (ribs) will be available for the game, but Donald was one of three regular starters who did not participate in Tuesday’s workout — along with wide receiver Cooper Kupp and guard David Edwards. Add outside linebacker Terrell Lewis and backup quarterback John Wolford (neck stinger), and it’s clear that the Rams’ training staff has plenty of work this week, particularly compared to that of the Packers.

Defensive lineman Kingsley Keke was Green Bay’s only nonparticipant Tuesday, though the Packers also listed six players as limited: cornerback Kevin King (Achilles), receiver Allen Lazard (core/wrist), tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee), linebacker Za’Darius Smith (ankle/thumb), receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (knee/ankle), and offensive tackle Rick Wagner (knee).

Donald and Kupp are the players who have the greatest impact for Los Angeles, although Wolford’s availability is also significant. Starting quarterback Jared Goff continues to deal with a surgically repaired thumb, even though he played in much of the victory over Seattle on Saturday and was a full participant Tuesday.

The Rams also listed wide receiver Nsimba Webster (hamstring) and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) as limited Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Second opinion confirms Brees’ injuries

Further testing has confirmed that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees suffered a collapsed lung and fractured ribs, according to reports.

The 41-year-old quarterback was injured in the Saints’ 27-13 victory Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers.

The hit that eventually drove Brees from the game took place midway through the second quarter. He stayed in to finish the half, helping lead the team to a pair of scores, but was replaced at halftime by backup quarterback Jameis Winston.

The second opinion confirmed that Brees suffered a total of five fractured ribs, breaking two ribs on his right side and three on his left. Doctors believe that the rib fractures caused his lung to be punctured, according to ESPN and NFL Network.

No time frame has been determined for Brees to be able to get back on the playing field for the 7-2 Saints, who have won six in a row and are currently the No. 1 seed in the NFC with seven games left to play.

This season in nine games Brees has thrown for 2,196 yards with 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions with a quarterback rating of 110.0.

Saints head coach Sean Payton has yet to announce who the starting quarterback will be this Sunday when they host NFC South rival Atlanta (3-6).

“No update,” Payton said.

Winston played most of the second half against the 49ers, but the team could also turn to fellow backup quarterback Taysom Hill, who has yet to throw a pass in a regular season game this year, and also lines up at running back and wide receiver.

“Both of these young guys have progressed and have advanced, understanding what we’re doing, and there’s a confidence level we have in both players,” Payton said Wednesday morning. “They’re different-type players. But I think it’s a strong room, and we’re gonna lean heavily on a few of these other guys right now.”

Hill has 34 carries for 186 yards and a score to go with six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in nine games.

Brees has been one of the most durable quarterbacks in the NFL during his 20-year career, missing just six games due to injury, including five in 2019 due to a torn thumb ligament.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the game with an apparent injury during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

NFL injury notebook: Browns’ Beckham suffers knee injury

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and center JC Tretter both suffered apparent leg injuries on the same play early in the first quarter of Sunday’s 37-34 victory at Cincinnati.

On the Browns’ second offensive snap, quarterback Baker Mayfield was intercepted on a deep throw down the right sideline intended for Beckham. Beckham was assisted off the field and taken to the Browns’ locker room.

The NFL Network reported after the game that the injury is feared to be “major” and Beckham is scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday morning to determine the severity.

After the interception, Tretter was on the turf clutching his right leg and knee area. He was helped off the field and received treatment on the Cleveland sideline before returning to the game during the Browns’ next offensive series.

–Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton left the 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team in the third quarter with a concussion after he absorbed an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Jon Bostic.

The Cowboys confirmed after the game that Dalton will enter the league’s concussion protocol. Dalton was 9 of 19 for 75 yards with an interception.

Bostic was ejected, and Dallas had to use its third quarterback in three games, rookie Ben DiNucci. The seventh-round draft pick out of James Madison tried three passes, completing two for 39 yards.

–Washington safety Landon Collins sustained a season-ending Achilles injury in the loss to the Cowboys, NFL Network reported. Collins is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, per the report.

The 26-year-old three-time Pro Bowl selection was carted off with an injury to his right lower leg in the second quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

–Starting in place of injured Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-6 victory over the New England Patriots but he suffered an ankle injury on the last score, a 7-yarder in the third period.

Starting receiver Deebo Samuel also exited with a hamstring injury on a catch in the fourth quarter and Richie James Jr. left with an ankle injury.

Afterward, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that Wilson likely suffered a high ankle sprain and is a candidate to be placed on injured reserve, where he would miss a minimum of three games. The 49ers’ only healthy running backs on their active roster are rookie JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon.

–Three Patriots suffered injuries in the loss to the 49ers — wide receiver N’Keal Harry (head), guard Joe Thuney (ankle) and offensive tackle Justin Herron (ankle). All three left the game and did not return.

Thuney hadn’t missed an offensive snap since Week 7 of last season, and his injury is believed to be a mild low ankle sprain, according to a report from NFL Media.

–Arizona running back Kenyan Drake was carted off from the sideline with a towel over his head late in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 37-34 OT win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Drake was hurt on a 2-yard run with 4:12 left in regulation, and he needed help off the field.

He was the third Cardinal to leave the contest, following defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, who suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter, and linebacker Isaiah Irving, who suffered a neck injury with 51 seconds left in the first half on a kickoff. Irving was strapped on a backboard and carted off the field.

–Seahawks running back Chris Carson left the OT loss to the Cardinals in the second quarter with a foot injury after rushing five times for 34 yards.

The Seahawks were also without cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who was evaluated for a possible concussion in the third quarter. He was replaced by Tre Flowers.

–Bengals offensive tackle Jonah Williams suffered a neck injury in the second quarter against the Browns and did not return to the game. He handed his helmet to the training staff and initially was tested for a concussion.

–Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 79 yards on nine carries before leaving late in the first half with a concussion suffered when he was tackled by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Daniel Sorensen.

–Los Angeles Chargers tight end Virgil Green suffered an ankle injury after scoring a 26-yard touchdown in the third quarter of the team’s 39-29 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and did not return.

Right guard Ryan Groy had a biceps injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

–Jaguars receiver Dede Westbrook was carted off the field with a serious leg injury on the final play of the third quarter. His knee appeared to give out as he made a cut, and as he was tackled, a cry could be heard from the field.

Jaguars cornerback Sidney Jones (back) and linebacker Dakota Allen (ankle) also left in the first half.

–New York Jets receiver Breshad Perriman was being evaluated for a concussion after the team’s 18-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL injury notebook: Rookie DE Young injures groin

Though Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season was not nearly as painful as Week 2, injuries still took their toll — starting near the top of the most recent draft.

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft last April, left in the second quarter of Sunday’s game at Cleveland with a groin injury and did not return.

Young limped off the field with just under 11 minutes to play in the first half, ripping off his gloves along the way. The former Ohio State star entered the game tied for the NFL lead with 2.5 sacks this season.

Later Sunday afternoon, Young tweeted, “Was never my plan to start with, it was always (in God’s hands) …nothing major tho… I’ll be back.”

The two previous No. 2 overall picks (San Francisco DE Nick Bosa last year and New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley in 2018) both suffered season-ending torn ACLs last weekend.

–The Chicago Bears fear the knee injury sustained by versatile running back Tarik Cohen is a torn ACL.

“It looks like he did end up tearing his ACL,” head coach Matt Nagy said following the Bears’ 30-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons. “That’ll be a big blow to us.”

The injury comes one week after Cohen signed a three-year, $17.3 million contract extension through the 2023 season. Cohen, 25, has 1,027 yards rushing, 1,534 yards receiving and 14 total touchdowns in his career.

–Though they won their game against the Dallas Cowboys with a late defensive stand, the Seattle Seahawks lost safety Jamal Adams and running back Chris Carson during the game.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Adams sustained a groin strain but he called Carson’s injury a “sprained knee to some extent.”

Adams joined the Seahawks in a trade with the New York Jets in the offseason; Carson saw his 2019 season cut short by a hip injury.

–San Francisco tight end Jordan Reed (knee and ankle) and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) left the 49ers’ win over the Giants at New York in the first half and did not return.

The 49ers were without numerous starters because of injuries, including Bosa, tight end George Kittle, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Raheem Mostert.

–Philadelphia tight end Dallas Goedert injured his ankle during the Eagles’ 23-23 tie with Cincinnati and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Goedert is expected to “miss some time.” Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle) also left the game with injuries.

–Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan was carted to the locker room with a shoulder injury during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings and did not return.

–Tampa Bay receiver Chris Godwin sustained a hamstring injury in the third quarter in Denver and did not return.

–Pittsburgh wide receiver Diontae Johnson sustained a possible concussion when Steelers safety A.J. Moore and linebacker Dylan Cole hit him on a reverse midway through the second quarter. The Steelers also lost fullback Derek Watt with a hamstring injury.

–New York Jets rookie tackle Mekhi Beckton, the No. 11 overall pick, left Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis with a shoulder injury just before halftime and did not return.

–New Orleans offensive lineman Andrus Peat got his legs rolled up while blocking during the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against Green Bay and was carted off the field and reportedly taken for X-rays.

–Field Level Media

Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker David Mayo (55) takes the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Giants lose S McKinney (foot) and LB Mayo (knee)

The New York Giants lost rookie safety Xavier McKinney and linebacker David Mayo to serious injuries Wednesday.

Both players were projected starters this season and both are facing significant recovery times.

McKinney, a second-round pick out of Alabama, fractured his left foot and was scheduled for surgery Wednesday afternoon.

The 22-year-old tallied 95 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions in 13 games with the Crimson Tide in 2019.

Mayo, entering his sixth NFL season and second with New York, will have surgery Thursday for a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Mayo, 27, played all 16 games (13 starts) and tied for second on the Giants with a career-high 80 tackles in 2019, including his first two career sacks.

–Field Level Media