Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) breaks away for a touchdown reception in the second quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The Bengals led 28-17 at halftime. 


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Bengals say WR Ja’Marr Chase will return to practice this week

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Monday that star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will return to practice this week after missing three games with a hip injury.

Chase’s status for Sunday’s game at the Tennessee Titans is still up in the air, however.

“Everything has been positive up to this point, which we hoped it would be,” Taylor told reporters.

Chase, 22, initially injured the hip in Week 6 against New Orleans. He then aggravated it on a non-contact play in the closing seconds of the first half of the Bengals’ 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 23. After limping off the field, Chase returned to play in the second half.

Last week Taylor said that Chase planned to test his hip in practice as the Bengals came off their Week 10 bye. But a return did not materialize, as Chase was listed as a non-participant in practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ahead of Cincinnati’s 37-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chase has 47 catches, 605 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns over seven games. He led the Bengals in all three categories before his injury, with Tee Higgins since passing him in receptions and yards.

Chase made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021, catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 starts.

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Nov 19, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes in the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan star RB Blake Corum exits with knee injury

Michigan star running back Blake Corum exited Saturday’s game against Illinois late in the second quarter with an apparent left knee injury.

With 1:38 left in the second, Corum ran right for 4 yards and was favoring his knee after being tackled. He fumbled on the play as well, with the Fighting Illini recovering the ball at their own 13.

Trainers took Corum to the locker room, but he walked to the tunnel under his own power.

Corum had 103 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries before exiting. He also had two catches for 39 yards.

Entering Saturday’s game, Corum had 227 rushes for 1,349 yards and 17 touchdowns in 10 games this season. His total yards ranked fourth in the nation.

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Oct 23, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (hip) facing further tests

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette exited Sunday’s win in Germany with a hip pointer and will undergo further testing, head coach Todd Bowles confirmed.

Fournette was removed in the fourth quarter of the 21-16 win against the Seattle Seahawks in Munich.

He rushed 14 times for 57 yards before departing, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that put the Buccaneers (5-5) ahead 14-0 at halftime. He caught one pass for 1 yard.

Fournette also threw an interception when he attempted a pass to quarterback Tom Brady on a gadget play in the third quarter.

Fournette, 27, has run for 462 yards and three touchdowns in 10 starts this season, his third campaign with the Bucs and sixth in the NFL.

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Nov 5, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA;  Illinois Fighting Illini running back Chase Brown (2) during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Nation’s leading rusher Chase Brown hurts leg, able to walk off field

Illinois running back Chase Brown, the nation’s leading rusher, left Saturday’s 31-24 loss to Purdue with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

Illini coach Bret Bielema didn’t have an update in his postgame press conference.

Brown was tackled near the sideline with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and was seen writhing in pain out of bounds while grabbing at his leg. Trainers tended to him, and ESPN reported that his twin brother, Sydney, who plays safety for the Fighting Illinois, was in tears while taking a knee next to him.

Entering Saturday, Chase Brown had tallied 1,344 rushing yards on 257 carries. He picked up 98 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries against the Boilermakers, snapping a streak in which he had rushed for over 100 yards in 10 straight games.

Chase Brown didn’t put any pressure on his leg immediately following the injury but was seen walking off the field under his own power at the conclusion of the game.

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Training staff tends to Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Reports: Colts LB Shaquille Leonard placed on IR

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard was placed on injured reserve due to an ongoing back injury, multiple reports said Friday.

Leonard reportedly experienced a setback in practice Wednesday and it led to the Colts’ decision to place him on IR, where he must stay for at least the next four games.

The three-time All-Pro selection, who formerly went by Darius Leonard, had back surgery in the offseason and has yet to fully recover. He has played in just three games this year, starting one, and recorded 11 tackles and one interception.

His back trouble has caused nerve issues in his left leg, where he recently said a nerve “still isn’t firing.”

Leonard also suffered a concussion and a broken nose in Week 4 – his first appearance of the season – after colliding with a teammate. He missed three games before returning for the Colts’ Week 8 and 9 losses to the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots, respectively.

The 2018 second-round draft pick has 549 career tackles, 15 sacks, 12 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries across 61 career games (59 starts).

The Colts (3-5-1) fired coach Frank Reich Monday and will play their first game under interim coach Jeff Saturday on Sunday against the host Las Vegas Raiders (2-6).

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Oct 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens TE Mark Andrews ruled out for Monday vs. Saints

The Baltimore Ravens downgraded tight end Mark Andrews from doubtful to out for Monday night’s game against the host New Orleans Saints.

Andrews is dealing with injuries to both his knee and his shoulder.

The 2021 All-Pro selection and two-time Pro Bowler has not missed a game since 2020. In eight games (all starts) this season, he has hauled in 42 receptions for 488 yards and five touchdowns — all team highs.

Baltimore (5-3) is coping with several other injuries, primarily on offense. Wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) is out for the year. Running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) is doubtful. Receiver Demarcus Robinson (groin), cornerback Marcus Peters (quad, knee) and linebacker Malik Harison (foot) are among those questionable.

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Nov 6, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger (4) hands the ball off to running back Deon Jackson (35) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Colts RB Deon Jackson (knee) injured vs. Patriots

Indianapolis Colts running back Deon Jackson exited Sunday’s game against the host New England Patriots in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury.

Jackson caught an 8-yard pass and was pushed out of bounds, where he remained on the ground and was seen grabbing at his left knee. He came out of the game, but was doing sprints along the sideline shortly after.

With Jonathan Taylor sidelined due to an ankle injury, Jackson drew the start against New England. He rushed 10 times for 23 yards prior to exiting while adding a pair of catches for 13 yards.

Phillip Lindsay and Jordan Wilkins are the only two other active running backs on Indianapolis’ roster.

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Oct 30, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;  Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Tyquan Lewis (94) is carted off the field following an injury during a game against the Washington Commanders at Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Scheer/IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

Colts DL Tyquan Lewis (knee) out for season

Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left patella tendon.

He sustained the same season-ending injury to his right knee in Week 8 of last season, nearly one year ago to the day.

Head coach Frank Reich confirmed Monday that Lewis will have surgery for the injury sustained late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Washington Commanders. He left the field on a cart.

“Our hearts go out to Tyquan,” Reich said. “He was having a great year. … We’ll support him every step of the way.”

Lewis, 27, recorded 14 tackles, four quarterback hits, one sack and one forced fumble in seven games (four starts) this season. The Colts’ 2018 second-round pick has 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks and one interception in 48 career contests (16 starts).

“It was tough, tough to see,” said wide receiver Parris Campbell, who played with Lewis at Ohio State. “I know what he battled through last year to get back to the point to where he was now.”

Also Monday, the Colts activated safety Trevor Denbow from injured reserve and released punter Nolan Cooney from the practice squad.

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Oct 3, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Niners WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) to miss clash with Rams

San Francisco 49ers star receiver Deebo Samuel has been ruled out of Sunday’s road game against the Los Angeles Rams due to a hamstring injury.

Samuel missed practice all week with the injury, which occurred during last weekend’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

San Francisco has a bye next week but coach Kyle Shanahan said that had nothing to do with the decision.

“It’s not a precaution,” Shanahan said Friday. “He’s not good enough to go. The fact that he even had a chance means hopefully he’ll be good with the week off and ready for the next game.”

The versatile Samuel has caught 32 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns this season and has added 138 yards and one score on the ground.

Samuel caught six passes for a season-high 115 yards and one touchdown when the host 49ers defeated the Rams 24-9 in Week 4.

Samuel had a monster season in 2021 when he recorded 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 365 yards and eight scores. He was named a Pro Bowl selection for the first time.

Other San Francisco players to be ruled out are defensive tackle Arik Armstead (foot, ankle), fullback Kyle Juszczyk (finger) and linebacker Dre Greenlaw (calf). Listed as questionable are cornerback Jason Verrett (knee) and receiver Jauan Jennings (hamstring).

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Oct 2, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) runs with the ball after a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers WR Mike Williams (ankle) out at least 4 weeks

The Los Angeles Chargers expect wide receiver Mike Williams to be sidelined at least four weeks with a high ankle sprain, The Athletic reported Wednesday.

Williams was injured during Sunday’s 37-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was carted to the locker room during the fourth quarter after catching seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Williams, 28, has 37 catches for 495 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He has helped pick up the slack for Keenan Allen, who had been out since Week 1 with a hamstring injury before returning against the Seahawks.

A first-round draft pick (seventh overall) by the Chargers in 2017, Williams has 264 catches for 4,157 yards and 29 touchdowns in 79 career games (53 starts).

The Chargers (4-3) have a bye in Week 8.

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