Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) reacts after suffering an injury in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals QB Joe Burrow won’t need surgery for MCL sprain

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will not require surgery for the MCL sprain sustained in Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI defeat, coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday.

Burrow was limping noticeably after being sacked for the seventh time with 11:38 left in the fourth quarter of the 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, Calif.

“Joe had the sprained MCL, and that’s really a re-aggravation of something he did back in December,” Taylor said. “But he’s a tough guy, he played through it. Rest is going to be the best thing for him. So that part’s encouraging. So, again, he’s going to get some much-needed rest here these next couple of weeks and expect him to come back fully healthy.”

Taylor also said Burrow won’t need surgery for the pinky finger he dislocated late in the season.

Burrow, 25, completed 22 of 33 passes for 263 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Rams.

The 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year completed a league-best 70.4 percent of his passes for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during the regular season.

–Field Level Media

October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) walks off the field after the game against the Miami Dolphins at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers shut down LT Trent Williams with knee issue

Trent Williams is being shut down for the rest of the week by the San Francisco 49ers after the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL needed fluid drained from around his ailing knee.

Williams, 33, is set to be evaluated early next week, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday.

Williams was an unrestricted free agent in the offseason but re-signed with the 49ers. The six-year deal worth up to $138.1 million reportedly included a $30.1 million signing bonus and $55.1 million guaranteed.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection was acquired by the 49ers from the Washington Football Team after sitting out the entire 2019 season in what Williams said was a health-related contract situation.

He played 14 games for the 49ers last season and has played in 134 games (133 starts) in his career.

Shanahan also said wide receiver Jalen Hurd will join Williams on the sideline for the week because he’s fighting knee tendinitis related to recovery from his torn ACL.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Chapelle Russell (53) pressures in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Panthers QB Bridgewater avoids major knee injury

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is day-to-day with a sprained right MCL, NFL Network reported Monday.

Bridgewater sustained the knee injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 46-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He avoided major structural damage and will be limited in practice this week, per multiple reports.

He completed 18 of 24 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and rushed three times for 16 yards and a score against the Bucs.

This is Bridgewater’s first season as a full-time starter since he suffered a major knee injury in the 2016 preseason as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

Bridgewater, 28, has passed for 2,552 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the 3-7 Panthers this season.

If Bridgewater can’t go, Carolina’s backups are P.J. Walker and Will Grier.

The team will also be without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) this week when the Panthers host the Detroit Lions.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) and quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrate the come from behind victory in the waning seconds against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Browns’ Garrett (knee) not expected to miss games

Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett, who played most of the Browns’ Sunday game hampered by a sore knee, does not have any structural damage to the joint, coach Kevin Stefanski announced Monday.

Garrett should be ready for the Browns’ home game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 15. The Browns, who fell to 5-3 with a 16-6 home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, have a bye this week.

An MRI on Monday showed no damage to Garrett’s knee, according to Stefanski.

“It’s obvious how much of an impact he makes in these games … we dodged a bullet,” Stefanski said. “We just need him to come back Wednesday and see if he’s ready to practice. If he’s not, we’ll have a few days to rest and get ready to roll next week.”

Garrett, whose nine sacks leave him tied with the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald for the league lead, said he hurt the knee in the second quarter. He left the game briefly, then returned but was not on field for all of the Browns’ defensive snaps.

The top pick in the 2017 draft, Garrett has four forced fumbles this season, also tied for first in the NFL.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2019; Costa Mesa, CA, USA: Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James (33) during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers S James out for 2020 after knee surgery

Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James underwent successful surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee and will be placed on the injured reserve list.

“James is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of the 2021 season,” the team announced on social media Tuesday.

James, 24, sustained the injury in practice on Sunday and surgery was performed Monday.

A first-round pick (17th overall) in 2018, James was a first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie after registering 105 tackles, 13 passes defensed, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions in 16 starts.

He missed most of last season due to a broken right foot, returning for the final five games but registering no sacks and no interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Sep 7, 2019; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Dominick Blaylock (8) runs for a touchdown against the Murray State Racers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia WR Blaylock to miss season with knee injury

Georgia wide receiver Dominick Blaylock will miss the upcoming season with a knee injury that requires surgery, the school announced.

Multiple outlets reported that the 6-foot-1 sophomore tore his left ACL in practice Wednesday, the same knee he injured in the SEC Championship game against LSU last December.

Blaylock appeared in 12 of the Bulldogs’ 14 games as a freshman in 2019. He caught 18 passes for 310 yards and five touchdowns.

Blaylock, the son of former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock, was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2019 out of Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. He was ranked as the No. 5 receiver and the No. 36 overall prospect by the 247 Sports Composite.

Ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll, Georgia is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 26 at Arkansas.

–Field Level Media