Sep 25, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs the ball as Detroit Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye (24) pursues during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook exits with shoulder injury

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook left Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions with a shoulder injury.

Cook lost a fumble after a 2-yard run late in the third quarter and immediately went to the sideline medical tent.

The team ruled him out for the rest of the game.

Cook, 27, finished with 17 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past three seasons.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) smiles after defeating the Atlanta Falcons at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s recovery on schedule

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s recovery from shoulder surgery is on schedule and he will begin throwing again soon, ESPN reported Saturday.

Once that happens and he is able to pass a physical, the 49ers are hoping to find a trade partner for the 30-year-old veteran.

Garoppolo had a procedure on his right shoulder in March and has been excused from offseason activities, including a mandatory minicamp earlier this month.

The 49ers are expected to turn over the offense to second-year quarterback Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Garoppolo carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal he signed with San Francisco in February 2018.

He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Garoppolo has a 33-14 career record with the 49ers and New England Patriots (2014-16). He has thrown for 11,852 yards with 71 TDs and 38 interceptions. He won two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady’s backup in New England and led the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) defends against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams CB Jalen Ramsey recovering from shoulder surgery

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey is recovering from shoulder surgery, NFL Network reported.

The 27-year-old All-Pro posted a photo of himself, wearing a sling, with his children on social media.

“ALL IS WELL!” tweeted Ramsey, who is expected to be ready before the start of the 2022 season.

Ramsey made the All-Pro first team for the third time, was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl and helped the Rams win a Super Bowl championship last season.

Ramsey reportedly played with tears in both shoulders last season.

He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Baker Mayfield (shoulder) needs surgery but hopes to delay it

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to have surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder, and hopes are it can wait until after the season, NFL Network reported Thursday.

He has been playing through a torn labrum suffered in Week 2, and he aggravated the injury Sunday in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He has been ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Veteran Case Keenum will start in place of Mayfield.

By playing on Thursday this week, the Browns (3-3) have 10 days off until their next game on Oct. 31 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving Mayfield time for rest and rehabilitation.

Mayfield, 26, played all but four snaps of Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Cardinals. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

On the season, he has completed 116 of 173 passes (67.1 percent) for 1,474 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) catches the ball 
during warmups before the game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. returns after getting shoulder examined

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. briefly left Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with an apparent right shoulder injury.

He visited the medical tent and then headed to the locker room in the second quarter but returned to the field in the third quarter.

Beckham was screaming in pain on the sideline after being driven into the turf by two Cardinal defenders following a 17-yard reception.

He finished the first half with two catches for 42 yards.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield: Sore shoulder no excuse for accuracy issues

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield dismissed the notion that his injured left shoulder played a role in his subpar performance in his last game.

Mayfield acknowledged Wednesday that he wore a harness on his non-throwing shoulder during the Browns’ 14-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He completed just 15 of 33 passes for 155 yards, two-plus weeks removed from having his left shoulder pop out while attempting to make a tackle following an interception against the Houston Texans.

When asked if the harness could affect his accuracy, Mayfield replied, “It shouldn’t.”

Mayfield, 26, labeled his footwork as clean and simply owned the bad performance versus the Vikings.

“You’ve just got to make the damn play,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

Mayfield has thrown for 935 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions this season for the Browns (3-1), who visit the Los Angeles Chargers (3-1) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers hold Jordan Love out of joint practice with Jets

The Green Bay Packers kept quarterback Jordan Love out of Wednesday’s practice, a joint session with the New York Jets, but did not rule Love out when the two teams meet in a preseason game Saturday.

Love, a 2020 first-round draft pick and backup to Aaron Rodgers, reportedly had an MRI exam on his injured throwing shoulder come back clean Sunday.

He missed Monday’s practice and partook in a light throwing session Tuesday, according to Packers coach Matt LaFleur.

LaFleur said the Packers will give Love “every opportunity” to play in Saturday’s exhibition.

“We just don’t ever want to put him in a situation where it could make it worse,” LaFleur said.

If Love is ultimately held out of that game, Green Bay would turn to third-stringer Kurt Benkert to start. The team also re-signed free agent quarterback Jake Dolegala on Tuesday for depth. Dolegala spent part of the summer on the Packers’ roster.

–Field Level Media

Jul 25, 2021; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during training camp at the Marriott Residence Inn. Mandatory Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

Injured QB Dak Prescott dressed for padded Cowboys practice

Injured quarterback Dak Prescott took the practice field with the Cowboys on Thursday in Oxnard, Calif., one day after leaving a training camp session with a Grade 1 shoulder strain.

Prescott walked off the field with medical staff on Wednesday and was taken for an MRI, which revealed the mild strain in his right (throwing) shoulder.

The Dallas Morning News reported Prescott could miss multiple weeks to guarantee the strain is fully healed.

But Prescott, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Thursday, said he doesn’t think the injury is serious and plans to practice with the Cowboys during camp.

Head coach Mike McCarthy will make the final call on the practice decision, but allowed Prescott to work with the team Thursday while forbidding throwing. McCarthy said the Cowboys are planning to reassess Prescott, but he’d likely be banned from throwing for a few days.

Prescott missed the final 11 games of the 2020 season with an ankle injury that required surgery.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection signed a four-year, $160 million contract in the offseason.

–Field Level Media

Nov 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (5) celebrates his touchdown pass to wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) during the first half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Darnold (shoulder) out again for Jets in Week 11

New York Jets backup quarterback Joe Flacco will get the start again this week in place of the injured Sam Darnold, coach Adam Gase said Monday.

The winless Jets visit the Los Angeles Chargers (2-7) on Sunday and play not far from where Darnold was a star at Southern California.

Darnold continues to deal with a shoulder injury, even after the Jets’ bye in Week 10.

“I’m very confident that I’ll play again this year,” Darnold said. “For me it’s just about making sure that when I do come back, I’m 100 percent so that when I do land on it or get hit it’s not getting reinjured.”

Darnold originally suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder when he was slammed to the ground by Denver linebacker Alexander Johnson in the Jets’ Week 4 loss to the Broncos.

Flacco, 35, replaced Darnold briefly in that game and started the losses against Arizona and Miami in Weeks 5 and 6.

Darnold, 23, returned to the lineup in Week 7 and aggravated the shoulder injury a week later in a 35-9 loss at Kansas City.

Flacco now will get his fourth start in the game against the Chargers. Last week, he passed Joe Montana for 20th place in league history for career passing yards. Flacco threw for 262 yards against the New England Patriots in Week 9, but a late interception helped the Patriots score 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally for the victory.

Flacco is completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 659 yards and four TDs against two interceptions on the season.

The Jets rank last in the league in yards per game (266), passing yards (167.1) and scoring (13.4 points).

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) catches a pass against Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Damien Wilson (54) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Panthers’ McCaffrey not ready to return

Running back Christian McCaffrey is not expected to play for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday due to the shoulder injury that kept him on the sideline for Week 10.

McCaffrey sat out Carolina’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and on Monday, ESPN reported he would likely need at least another week to recover. The team is preparing for him to miss multiple weeks, per the report.

The Panthers could also be without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater this week.

Bridgewater injured his right knee on Sunday, and reports indicate he strained his MCL. His status for this week’s game against the Detroit Lions is uncertain.

McCaffrey has played in three games this season. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2 and returned for the Panthers’ loss at Kansas City in Week 9, only to leave that game in the second half with a shoulder issue.

McCaffrey had 28 touches (tied for sixth-most in his career) out of the team’s 76 offensive snaps at Kansas City. McCaffrey carried 18 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while also catching 10 passes for 82 yards and another score.

McCaffrey, 24, has rushed for 225 yards and five touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 149 yards and one score in three games this season.

In 2019, he gained an NFL-high 2,392 yards from scrimmage and scored 19 touchdowns from scrimmage, which tied for the league lead.

–Field Level Media