Sep 25, 2021; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Makai Polk (10) runs the ball while defended by LSU Tigers cornerback Eli Ricks (1) during the fourth quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

LSU CB Eli Ricks (shoulder) to undergo season-ending surgery

LSU standout cornerback Eli Ricks will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder, leaving the Tigers without another key player.

Ricks left last Saturday’s 42-21 loss to then-No. 16 Kentucky with an apparent shoulder injury.

“It was a nagging injury,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron told reporters on Wednesday. “He kept on playing with it, and it kept on recurring. So he and his family decided they were going to get operated on.”

Ricks is the third major player loss for the Tigers. On Monday, Orgeron said that star receiver Kayshon Boutte would miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Boutte is tied for the FBS lead with nine touchdown receptions.

Also, star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. has missed the past three games and is sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his left foot.

Ricks was a third-team All-American as a freshman last season when he intercepted four passes in 10 games. He returned two of the picks for touchdowns.

This season, he had 11 tackles and one interception in six games for the Tigers (3-3, 1-2 SEC).

LSU hosts No. 11 Florida (4-2, 2-2) on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback D'Eriq King (1) in action against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King (shoulder surgery) out for season

Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King will have season-ending surgery on his right throwing shoulder, coach Manny Diaz announced Monday on his weekly radio show.

Diaz told Miami’s 560 WQAM that freshman Tyler Van Dyke will be the starter for the Hurricanes (2-3, 0-1 ACC) moving forward.

King sustained the injury during a 38-17 loss to Michigan State on Sept. 18. He left in the third quarter after his shoulder was driven into the turf on a tackle by Spartans linebacker Quavaris Crouch.

After medical attention, he returned and stayed in the game and set Miami single-game records for completions (38) and attempts (59). He passed for 388 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

King has had a difficult run in terms of health. The sixth-year senior spent the offseason recovering from surgery on the torn ACL he sustained in the Cheez-It Bowl — a loss to Oklahoma State — in late December.

King transferred to Miami in 2020 after four seasons at Houston (2016-19).

Van Dyke started the Hurricanes’ most recent game, a 30-28 loss to visiting Virginia on Sept. 30. He completed 15 of 29 passes for 203 yards with one touchdown and also rushed for a score.

Miami returns to action Saturday at North Carolina (3-3, 2-3).

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is greeted by his teammates as they take the field to play the Las Vegas Raiders  at Heinz Field. The Raiders won the game 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves with shoulder injury

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was ruled out for the second half of Sunday’s game against Denver due to a shoulder injury.

On the first play of a Pittsburgh drive with 5:47 left in the second quarter, Smith-Schuster rushed around the left end for 3 yards before being tackled by Broncos safety Kareem Jackson.

Jackson’s helmet struck Smith-Schuster’s right arm and the fifth-year wideout appeared to be in serious pain as he was helped to the locker room.

Smith-Schuster, 24, finished with two carries for 6 yards and zero catches on one target. For the season, he has 15 receptions for 129 yards and no touchdowns in five games.

A second-round pick in 2017 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2018, Smith-Schuster has 323 career catches for 3,855 yards and 26 touchdowns in 63 games.

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey: Thursday turnaround a factor in injury

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is close to returning from a hamstring strain he suffered in Week 3 against the Houston Texans, telling reporters Thursday he “definitely feel(s) good” this week.

The 2019 All-Pro sustained that injury during a “Thursday Night Football” contest, and he readily admitted that the short week played a part.

“It was extremely frustrating,” McCaffrey said in his press conference. “I don’t prefer Thursday night games. You go through a lot in a football game. And you really get two days to recover and one of those days is a travel day. So you get two days to recover, you hop on a plane, you get in a hotel, and then you go out and play in a football game. It’s really tough. But it is what it is. It’s part of the game and obviously frustrating.”

McCaffrey wouldn’t chalk it up to “overuse,” but agreed that the short recovery time was a factor.

“Definitely. There’s no telling that if you had another three, four days to recover — you just never know. But I definitely think so,” he said.

McCaffrey sat out Carolina’s Week 4 loss to the host Dallas Cowboys. He returned to practice Wednesday.

McCaffrey has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He played only three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and a shoulder injury.

The Panthers (3-1) host the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Washington Football Team inside linebacker Jon Bostic (53) following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Washington LB Jon Bostic (pectoral) to have MRI

Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic will have an MRI on Monday for a serious pectoral injury, NFL Network reported.

The 30-year-old team captain sustained the injury during Washington’s 34-30 road victory against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Bostic left the game with what was initially reported as a shoulder injury. He tallied six tackles to raise his season total to 22 through four starts.

He has recorded 559 tackles, 9.5 sacks and three interceptions in 106 games (81 starts) with the Chicago Bears (2013-14), New England Patriots (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2017), Pittsburgh Steelers (2018) and Washington. He posted 100-plus tackles in each of his first two seasons in the nation’s capital.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Lubbock, Texas, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarter back Tyler Shough (12) hands off to running back Xavier White (14) against the Florida International Panthers during the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech QB Tyler Shough (collarbone) out 6 weeks

Texas Tech starting quarterback Tyler Shough is out six weeks with a broken collarbone.

Shough was injured in the 70-35 loss to Texas on Saturday and coach Matt Wells said the Red Raiders hope to get the quarterback back on the field in November.

Shough, who transferred from Oregon, is in his first season in Lubbock. He completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 872 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in four starts this season for Texas Tech (3-1, 0-1 Big 12.)

A junior, Shough was Oregon’s starter in 2020 and led the Ducks to the Pac-12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth.

Before the injury on Saturday, Shough was 9-of-11 passing for 68 yards with an interception. He was replaced in the second quarter by Henry Colombi, who completed 17-of-23 pass attempts for 324 yards with three TD passes and an interception.

Colombi started four games in 2020 for Texas Tech after transferring from Utah State. He is expected to start Saturday when the Red Raiders visit West Virginia (2-2).

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) makes a catch during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves with rib injury

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a rib injury in the second half of Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals and will not return.

He had three catches for 25 yards against the Bengals, raising his season totals to 13 receptions for 118 yards with no touchdowns.

A second-round pick in 2017 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2018, Smith-Schuster’s career totals include 321 catches for 3,844 yards and 26 TDs in 61 games.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers LB T.J. Watt (groin) ruled out vs. Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt will not play Sunday against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals due to a groin injury.

Watt was a limited participant in Friday’s practice but was downgraded Saturday to out for the Week 3 contest.

Watt, 26, sustained the injury during the first half of last week’s 26-17 home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has three sacks, six quarterback hits, seven tackles and two forced fumbles so far this season.

The Steelers will also be without their other starting OLB Alex Highsmith, also due to a groin injury. Backups Melvin Ingram III and Jamir Jones are expected to start.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) comes on to the field before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) out rest of game for Panthers

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who was one of the most productive players in the NFL in 2019, exited Thursday night’s game with a hamstring injury in Houston.

McCaffrey left in the second quarter with the Panthers leading the Houston Texans 7-0. He tweaked a hamstring and won’t return, according to the team.

McCaffrey had been a standout in the first two games of the season, both running and catching the ball. On Thursday, he had 31 rushing yards on seven carries and nine receiving yards on two catches.

Last season, he played in only three games because of a variety of ailments.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Berea, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) during training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns place WR Jarvis Landry (knee) on IR

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry will miss at least three games with a knee injury after being placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection suffered an MCL sprain on the second offensive play in Sunday’s 31-21 victory against the Houston Texans.

Landry limped off the field after being tackled at the end of a 9-yard reception. He did not return, snapping his streak at 111 consecutive games with at least two catches.

Landry, 28, has six receptions for 80 yards and no touchdowns this season. He has 642 catches for 7,108 yards and 35 scores in 113 games (103 starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2014-17) and Browns.

The earliest he could return to the field is Cleveland’s Week 6 home game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 17.

Landry has never missed a game in his eight-year career due to injury. He sat out a Week 16 loss to the New York Jets last season due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Browns (1-1), who host the Chicago Bears (1-1) on Sunday, signed defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo from the practice squad to fill Landry’s spot on the 53-man roster.

The Browns will have quarterback Baker Mayfield in the lineup after an MRI on Monday showed no structural damage in his left shoulder, Cleveland.com reported.

Mayfield said his shoulder “kind of popped in and popped out. Nothing too serious.” He completed 19 of 21 passes for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Texans.

“He’s sore,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He’s doing fine.”

–Field Level Media