Oct 8, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, United States; Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) stiff arms Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals RB James Conner (knee) questionable to return

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner injured his knee in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.

Conner is questionable to return. He went to the medical tent on the sideline and then headed to the locker room.

Conner, 28, who ran for 46 yards on six carries before the injury, entered Sunday with a team-leading 318 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) is taken from the field on a cart after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Browns’ odds plummet with Nick Chubb out for season

The significant knee injury suffered by Browns running back Nick Chubb on Monday night sent Cleveland’s playoff odds falling.

Chubb was carted off the field in the second quarter, and coach Kevin Stefanski said after the team’s 26-22 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that the star running back was expected to miss the rest of the season.

The sports books reacted to the news Tuesday.

DraftKings moved the Browns from -230 to make the playoffs to -145. The chances of winning the AFC North went from +200 to +330, and to win the AFC championship from +900 to +1200.

Odds of winning Super Bowl LVIII moved from +1800 to +2200.

At BetMGM, the odds of the Browns winning the division lengthened from +220 to +360 and from +1800 to +3000 for the Super Bowl.

Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second quarter and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb’s left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb’s leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

Chubb, 27, rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries before exiting. He has 170 yards on 28 carries this season.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, including a career-high 1,525 last season. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

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Jul 28, 2023; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) greets fans as he arrives prior to training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) ruled out for season opener

Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce (knee) was ruled out for Thursday night’s NFL season opener against the visiting Detroit Lions.

Kelce, 33, who injured his knee at practice Tuesday and was diagnosed with a bone bruise, was listed as questionable to play on the Chiefs’ final injury report. He was scheduled to test his knee before the game.

Kelce recorded career-best totals in catches (110) and touchdowns (12) to go along with a team-leading 1,338 receiving yards in 17 games last season.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Kelce has totaled 814 catches for 10,344 yards and 69 touchdowns in 144 career games (137 starts) with the Chiefs.

Kelce had previously missed only three games since 2014. He sat out two games when the Chiefs rested many of their starters and missed one game when he had COVID-19 in 2021.

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Jul 29, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Mazi Smith (58) wears a Guardian helmet cap during training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: MRI for Cowboys’ first-round DT Mazi Smith (knee)

Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Mazi Smith will have a precautionary MRI on his knee, NFL Network reported.

The defensive tackle did not practice Tuesday in Oxnard, Calif., and has been battling tendinitis in training camp.

The 6-foot-3, 337-pound Smith was the 26th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft out of Michigan.

Smith, 22, recorded 88 tackles (six for losses) and one fumble recovery in 30 games with the Wolverines.

Smith was listed as a backup to starter Johnathan Hankins on the Cowboys’ first depth chart released Monday.

Dallas opens the preseason at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.

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Detroit Lions C.J. Gardiner-Johnson  (85) works out on the sidelines during training camp Tuesday, July 25, 2023.

Lions’ C.J. Gardner-Johnson back at practice after knee scare

Cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson was back in pads with his Detroit Lions teammates on Saturday, five days after he was carted off the field with what originally was feared to be a serious knee injury.

At the time of the non-contact injury to his right knee, Gardner-Johnson was visibly upset and comforted by teammates. On Saturday, he was the confident defensive leader the Lions hoped they were getting when they signed him to a one-year deal worth up to $8 million with incentives in March.

Gardner-Johnson told reporters after practice in Allen Park, Mich., that it’s important for him to be on the field.

“I’m contagious. I’m like the flu. I’m like the flu,” he said, per MLive.com. “It’s going to go through your body, and either you get it or don’t get it. And that’s not because I’m cocky. … It’s because I’m confident in my job. I’m confident in my coaches and my teammates and (what) my training (staff) and my strength guys are doing for me. That’s why, you know?”

Gardner-Johnson had an MRI following the injury on Monday, and it showed no structural damage. He was listed as day-to-day. On Tuesday, he was back at practice as a spectator.

“I was at practice every day,” he said. “I was mentally at practice. I don’t think you understand what type of guy you got here. I ain’t miss nothin’. I ain’t miss a practice, I ain’t miss a rep, I’m still out there. My teammates still see me. One thing people got to understand, this game of football, sometimes it ain’t being about the best physically. You got to be the best mentally. So as long as my teammates know I’m out there helping them and coaching them, I don’t really care what you have to say about being back.”

Gardner-Johnson, 25, is projected to start at cornerback for the Lions.

He shared the NFL lead with six interceptions and made a career-high 67 tackles in 12 starts with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022. He missed five games with a lacerated kidney.

Prior to his lone season with the Eagles, Gardner-Johnson was with the Saints from 2019-21 after being selected by New Orleans in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.

In 55 career games (43 starts), Gardner-Johnson has 11 interceptions, 228 tackles, 36 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

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Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney (19) carries the ball on a 65-yard punt return against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 57 at State Farm Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney injures knee prior to practice

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney “tweaked his knee” while catching punts prior to Sunday’s training camp practice, head coach Andy Reid said.

Reid did not provide any other specifics on Toney, who did not participate in the session.

Toney, 24, had 16 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns in nine games split between the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs last season. The Chiefs acquired Toney from the Giants on Oct. 27 in exchange for a compensatory third-round pick and a sixth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Toney has totaled 55 receptions for 591 yards and two touchdowns in 19 games since being selected by the Giants with the 20th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Dec 5, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II (22) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) defends during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints RB Mark Ingram (knee) likely out rest of season

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram sustained a slight tear of his right MCL and likely will miss the rest of the season, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The injury doesn’t require surgery but Ingram is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, per the report. Five weeks remain in the regular season.

The injury occurred on a play with 6:11 remaining in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s final-second loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Dennis Allen said Ingram stepped out of bounds on the key play, instead of trying to run for a first down, due to his knee.

Ingram, 32, sustained a sprain of the same MCL on Oct. 30 in a 24-0 win over the Las Vegas Raiders and missed the next three games.

In his 12th season, Ingram was selected by the Saints with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in 33 games with the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans before returning to New Orleans in a trade in October 2021.

This season, Ingram has carried the ball 62 times for 233 yards and a touchdown. He’s also caught 16 passes for 68 yards.

In his career, the former Heisman Trophy winner has gained 10,236 total yards with 75 touchdowns in 156 games (100 starts).

The Saints (4-9) have a bye this weekend.

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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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Jul 29, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) runs with the ball during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers (knee) ruled out vs. Packers

New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers will miss Sunday’s game at Green Bay with a knee injury.

The Patriots (1-2) downgraded Meyers from questionable to out on Saturday for the Week 4 showdown with the Packers (2-1).

Meyers, 25, also sat out last weekend’s 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

He has 13 catches for 150 yards with no touchdowns in two games this season, and 181 receptions for 2,104 yards and two scores in 48 games (28 starts) over four seasons with New England.

The Patriots previously ruled out quarterback Mac Jones (ankle), offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste (thumb) and defensive lineman Lawrence Guy (shoulder).

–Field Level Media

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