Aug 18, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA;  Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) wears a Guardian helmet cap during joint practice against the Los Angeles Chargers at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Cowboys LT Tyron Smith out months with knee injury

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith needs surgery to repair an avulsion fracture in his left knee and could miss 12 weeks, NFL Network reported.

Smith, 31, left Wednesday’s practice with what was thought to be a severe hamstring injury. Testing revealed the hamstring tendon behind the knee separated from the bone, creating the fracture, per reports.

Smith, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, did not damage his ACL.

The injury occurred during an 11-on-11 drill, when Smith buckled while attempting to make a block on linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, according to multiple reports. Smith walked off the field, and he later walked out of the locker room without a limp and with no knee brace or sleeve, the Cowboys’ website reported.

Left guard Connor McGovern said, according to the Dallas Morning News,”I was in pass protect, and all the sudden, I see him on the ground. I didn’t even care … where the ball was downfield. I instantly just went to him.

“You saw literally everyone on the offense, even defensive guys, running over there. When a guy like that goes down — it doesn’t even matter who it is, this team is so close. Everyone is trying to get over there and see if they’re all right and get them back up.”

McGovern added that he later interacted with Smith in the locker room.

“He gave me a nice, reassuring grunt like he usually does,” McGovern said, according to the Morning News. “That’s one thing, playing next to him for so long, I can decipher his grunts. ‘I think he’s all right.’”

Smith, 31, is a two-time All-Pro. In 11 seasons with the Cowboys, he has started all 144 games he has played. Neck surgery cost him all but two games in 2020, and ankle injuries and time on the COVID list limited him to 11 games last year.

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Nov 14, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Blake Bell (81) celebrates the victory against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs TE Blake Bell undergoes hip procedure

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Blake Bell is recovering from surgery for his hip flexor injury.

“I don’t think it’s gonna be real quick,” coach Andy Reid said Tuesday when asked for a timeline for Bell’s return.

Bell, 31, could be placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which would keep him sidelined for the first four games of the season.

“We’ll see on that,” Reid said.

Bell sustained the injury on the opening drive of the Aug. 13 preseason opener at Chicago. He capped the series with a 5-yard touchdown catch but was unable to re-enter the game and has been sidelined ever since.

Bell caught nine passes for 87 yards in 16 games with the Chiefs last season. A fourth-round pick by San Francisco in 2015, he has 58 receptions for 621 yards in 97 games with the 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys and Chiefs.

He is listed as the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart behind All-Pro Travis Kelce. Other tight ends on the roster are Noah Gray, Jody Fortson, Jordan Franks and Matt Bushman.

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Thumb surgery sidelines Florida QB Jack Miller

Florida quarterback Jack Miller underwent surgery for a right thumb injury, multiple reports said Friday.

247Sports reported Miller could return before midseason.

Coach Billy Napier had yet to name a starting quarterback, but it’s been assumed that he will choose Anthony Richardson. Still the loss of Miller is big for the Gators, who don’t have an established backup at the position.

Florida’s 2021 starter, Emory Jones, transferred to Arizona State and has been named that team’s starter.

Miller transferred from Ohio State in the offseason. He saw limited action in 2021 as a redshirt freshman, playing in four games, and completed seven of 14 passes for 101 yards.

Florida will host preseason No. 7 Utah in the season opener on Sept. 3.

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Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) during pregame warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Zach Wilson (knee) to have surgery Tuesday

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will have arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee.

Prominent orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery. Wilson was flying west on Sunday in preparation for the procedure.

The Jets are hoping ElAttrache will only need to trim the meniscus, but the actual extent of the surgery won’t be known until he gets a closer look at the injury during the procedure.

Coach Robert Saleh said after practice on Sunday that the team is hopeful the damage is limited for the 23-year-old Wilson.

Wilson was hurt during Friday night’s preseason opener in Philadelphia. He sustained the meniscus injury, as well as a bone bruise, in the first quarter after rolling out of the pocket and scrambling to his right. He made a cut to evade an Eagles defender, lunged forward and came up limping.

He was taken to the locker room shortly after and replaced by Mike White. The Jets went on to win 24-21.

Veteran Joe Flacco took first-team reps in practice on Sunday, and Saleh hasn’t said whether Flacco will play Aug. 22 when the Jets host the Atlanta Falcons.

The Jets open the regular season on Sept. 11 against the Baltimore Ravens, the team Flacco led to a Super Bowl championship following the 2012 season.

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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.

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Jan 2, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints DE Marcus Davenport reveals partial finger amputation

New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport had offseason surgery to amputate part of his left pinkie finger, he told reporters Wednesday.

He said he expects to be healthy for training camp in July.

An infection from a previous surgery forced the amputation. Davenport, 25, also had right-shoulder surgery in January.

Davenport, entering his fifth NFL season, said he had tore ligaments in the finger while playing at UTSA in 2016. He finally had surgery on it in 2021 to straighten it, which required inserting a plate.

When the plate broke during the offseason, an infection set in and the top of the finger was removed.

The Saints selected Davenport with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 48 games (23 starts) and has 113 tackles (23 for loss), 52 quarterback hits, seven forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 21 sacks, including a career-high nine in 2021.

The Saints picked up Davenport’s fifth-year option, worth $9.55 million, despite his injury history. He has missed 17 regular-season games with varied injuries that include to his shoulder, foot, toe and elbow.

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Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) leaves the field after losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The Colts lost 11-26.

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Colts All-Pro Darius Leonard undergoes back surgery

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard underwent back surgery Tuesday, a procedure that will sideline the three-time All-Pro into training camp.

Colts head coach Frank Reich told reporters that the expectation is that Leonard will be ready for the regular season, which begins for the Colts on Sept. 11 against the Houston Texans.

Reich said the injury has progressed during the offseason, keeping Leonard out of practice.

Leonard, 26, is coming off his third All-Pro and Pro Bowl season in 2021. He recorded 122 tackles, four interceptions and eight forced fumbles in 16 starts. He has earned All-Pro or Pro Bowl honors in each of his first four seasons with the Colts.

Leonard has 538 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, 15 sacks and 11 interceptions in 58 career starts since being selected in the second round of the 2018 draft by Indy.

Leonard signed a five-year extension worth $99.25 million last August.

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Jun 3, 2022; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (23) carries the ball during organized team activities at California Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams RB Kyren Williams recovering from foot surgery

Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Kyren Williams is recovering from surgery to repair a broken foot suffered last week in practice.

“He had surgery, everything went really well,” Rams coach Sean McVay said Tuesday. “We expect him to be back at some point in the earlier parts of training camp.”

Williams, 21, was drafted in the fifth round out of Notre Dame, where he posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons on the ground in 2020 and 2021.

“It’s an unfortunate setback,” McVay said. “But he’s going to attack his rehab the right way and be back sooner rather than later.”

Williams is expected to provide depth behind third-year running back Cam Akers and backup Darrell Henderson Jr. this season.

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NFL Denver Broncos linebacker Jonathon Cooper

Report: Broncos LB Jonathon Cooper to have finger surgery

Denver Broncos linebacker Jonathon Cooper will have surgery Thursday to repair a tendon in his left ring finger, 9News reported Wednesday.

He sustained the injury during the Broncos’ OTA practice on Monday and will likely miss the remainder of the offseason program, per the report.

Cooper, 24, is expected to be ready by training camp.

A seventh-round pick in 2021, Cooper appeared in 16 games (five starts) as a rookie and contributed 38 tackles, seven quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

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Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State linebacker Damone Clark (LB10) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: LSU LB Damone Clark has spinal fusion surgery

Former LSU linebacker Damone Clark is undergoing spinal fusion surgery Thursday, NFL Network reported.

An MRI at the scouting combine in Indianapolis earlier this month revealed a herniated disk, per the report.

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has Clark ranked as the No. 4 inside linebacker prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

The report said Clark will likely miss his 2022 rookie season but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Clark led the Southeastern Conference with 136 tackles in 2021, adding 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in 12 games for the Tigers.

–Field Level Media