Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (78) against the Kansas City Chiefs in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Texans LT Laremy Tunsil (thumb) to have surgery

Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb and miss about four weeks, coach David Culley said Wednesday.

The hope had been that Tunsil would be able to play through the torn UCL and put off surgery until the offseason.

He was injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots and left the game. He was replaced by Geron Christian.

Tunsil, 27, made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. He has started all 77 games he has played in since being taken No. 13 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2016 draft. He’s in his third season in Houston.

The Texans (1-4) and Colts (1-4) will meet Sunday in Indianapolis.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) runs after an interception during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw to have surgery, miss 6-8 weeks

San Francisco 49ers starting linebacker Dre Greenlaw will have core muscle surgery and be out six to eight weeks, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Greenlaw, 24, injured his groin Sunday in the 49ers’ 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions. He was limited to just 37 defensive plays but made six tackles, and he also intercepted a pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. He did not return to the game after the second-quarter score.

In his third year, Greenlaw was a 2019 fifth-round draft pick by San Francisco. In 30 career games (23 starts), he has 184 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.

It’s the latest injury for the 49ers, who lost running back Raheem Mostert to a season-ending knee injury sustained in Week 1.

–Field Level Media

New York Jets NFL safety Lamarcus Joyner

Reports: Jets S Lamarcus Joyner likely needs season-ending surgery

Jets safety Lamarcus Joyner is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn tendon in his upper arm that will require surgery, per multiple reports.

Joyner, 30, joined the Jets in free agency and was injured in New York’s loss Sunday at Carolina.

There was no update early Monday from the team on Joyner’s status or offensive tackle Mekhi Becton’s knee injury. Becton was carted off the field Sunday with what is expected to be a serious injury.

Joyner is the third starter likely lost for the season from the Jets’ defense, which placed Vinny Curry (blood disorder) and Carl Lawson (Achilles) on IR before the start of the season.

Joyner played primarily cornerback for the Las Vegas Raiders and was released two years into a $42 million deal.

He was paired with Marcus Maye at safety, giving the Jets a reliable veteran tandem in first-year coach Robert Saleh’s defense.

–Field Level Media

Sep 2, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim (24) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Gophers RB Mo Ibrahim to have season-ending surgery

Minnesota running back Mo Ibrahim will have season-ending surgery for a lower-leg injury sustained in last Thursday’s season-opening loss to Ohio State.

Ibrahim left the game in the third quarter after rushing 30 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He later returned to the sideline wearing a walking boot.

The fifth-year senior earned third-team All-America honors in 2020 after rushing for 1,076 yards and 15 TDs for the Golden Gophers. He has 3,003 rushing yards and 33 TDs in his career at Minnesota.

His effort against the Buckeyes extended his school-record streak to nine consecutive games with 100-plus rushing yards.

Minnesota (0-1) plays host to Miami of Ohio (0-1) this Saturday.

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Jul 29, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne (1) participates in training camp at Dream Finders Homes practice field Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars RB Travis Etienne recovering after foot surgery

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Travis Etienne had foot surgery Thursday and all went well, according to the running back himself.

“Surgery went great, thanks to everyone for all the love & support! Road to Recovery starts now!” Etienne tweeted post-operation.

Etienne suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot during the second quarter of a 23-21 preseason loss at New Orleans on Aug. 23. The surgery was set to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson.

NFL Network reported he suffered a “significant tear.”

The Saints placed Etienne on injured reserve last week, ending the first-round draft pick’s rookie season.

Etienne, 22, was selected by the Jaguars with the 25th overall pick after they took his college teammate, quarterback Trevor Lawrence, with the No. 1 pick.

Etienne is the all-time-leading rusher in Atlantic Coast Conference history after running for 4,952 yards in four seasons (55 games) at Clemson.

Coach Urban Meyer said after the injury that he wasn’t sure how his team would fill the void left by Etienne.

“It was a shot to the jaw,” Meyer said. “He was really coming on in practice. We saw his big-play ability in practice, not in a game yet. (It’s) a tough injury. How do we fill that? We’re still having that conversation right now.”

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Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. (84) catches a pass at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. to have knee surgery this week

Minnesota Vikings starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. will have surgery this week to repair a meniscus injury sustained in Friday’s preseason finale at Kansas City.

Team physician Dr. Christopher Larson will perform the procedure.

Coach Mike Zimmer did not specify a timetable for Smith’s recovery or speculate on a potential return date this season.

“We’ll see how that surgery goes, but Dr. Larson is one of the best in the country, so we expect a good turnout,” Zimmer said Monday.

“We’ll just see where he’s at. A lot of times you can’t really tell anything until you get in there. We really won’t know until they get in there.”

Smith, 23, played 11 snaps and caught both of his targets for 39 yards in Minnesota’s 28-25 preseason loss to the Chiefs. It was not clear when he sustained the injury.

The Vikings open the regular season on Sept. 12 against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

Zimmer acknowledged Monday that the team’s tight end depth is “not very good,” with Tyler Conklin, Brandon Dillon, 2021 fifth-round pick Zach Davidson and the undrafted Shane Zylstra on the roster. He said the team will be looking to add another player to the mix before final roster cuts.

“We’re looking, but not just at tight end,” Zimmer said. “We’re looking (at) all positions.”

Smith caught 30 passes for 365 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games (seven starts) last season. He has 66 receptions for 676 yards and seven scores in 29 games (14 starts) since the Vikings selected him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft from Alabama.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith (84) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. to have meniscus surgery

Minnesota Vikings starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. needs knee surgery and will miss the start of the season, NFL Network reported Sunday.

The report said there is no timetable on a return date for Smith, who has a meniscus injury.

Smith, 23, caught both of his targets for 39 yards in Minnesota’s 28-25 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.

He caught 30 passes for 365 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games (seven starts) last season.

He has 66 receptions for 676 yards and seven scores in 29 games (14 starts) since the Vikings selected him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Minnesota opens the regular season on Sept. 12 against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

–Field Level Media

May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) in action during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman to have groin surgery

Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver Rashod Bateman will have groin surgery and be sidelined until September, coach John Harbaugh told reporters Thursday.

“He’s actually getting a surgery either today or Friday on his groin,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll be back from that some time in September, so I think that’s pretty good news.”

The 21-year-old first-round draft pick limped off the practice field Tuesday. He fell to the ground after making a cut while working against cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Ravens open the regular season against the host Las Vegas Raiders on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 13.

Bateman caught 147 passes for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons at the University of Minnesota from 2018-20.

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Sep 22, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) celebrates his fourth quarter sack against the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Demarcus Lawrence hits PUP list following back surgery

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said linebacker Demarcus Lawrence underwent back surgery during the offseason and will open training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

It was the third back surgery of Lawrence’s career, but McCarthy said Thursday it was no reason for alarm bells.

“It’s more of a cleanup, so there’s no high concern,” McCarthy said. “He looks great. It’s probably more us than him as far as the timeline of him coming back.”

Lawrence is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he recorded 58 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles for Dallas, all improvements over his 2019 numbers. In his seven-year NFL career spent entirely with the Cowboys, Lawrence has recorded 300 tackles, 93 quarterback hits, 45.5 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and one interception.

Lawrence signed a five-year extension in 2019 worth $105 million.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle surgery) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (back surgery) are also on the PUP list to open camp as the Cowboys began workouts Thursday in Oxnard, Calif.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Falcons WR Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery but should be ready for training camp, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Ridley, 26, recently had “a little cleanup” procedure with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis., per the report.

He is not participating in this week’s minicamp. The Falcons are scheduled to report to training camp on July 27.

Ridley enters the 2021 season in the spotlight as quarterback Matt Ryan’s undisputed go-to target following the trade of seven-time Pro Bowl selection Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans.

With Jones missing seven games last season, Ridley led the Falcons and set career highs with 90 catches for 1,374 yards. He caught nine touchdown passes.

A first-round pick in 2018 (26th overall) out of Alabama, Ridley has 217 catches for 3,061 yards and 26 touchdowns in 44 games (30 starts).

–Field Level Media