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September 13 News and Notes

Chiefs DE injures knee — 11 p.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs regained one player and lost another in the same series of downs Monday night.

Cornerback Brandon Flowers, who walked off the field on what appeared to be wobbly legs early in the third quarter of the Chiefs' game with San Diego, returned in the same series when defensive end Tyson Jackson left the game favoring his left knee.

Jackson had his arm around a trainer as he was helped back to the bench. — AP

Eagles' Pro Bowl FB Weaver, C Jackson placed on IR — 8:35 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles placed Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver and starting center Jamaal Jackson on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

The team signed fullback Owen Schmitt and tight end/fullback Garrett Mills to fill the roster spots.

Weaver and Jackson were injured in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Green Bay.

Schmitt, a fifth-round draft choice by Seattle in 2008, played in 30 games with the Seahawks. He caught 12 passes for 50 yards and one touchdown, and carried five times for 21 yards. Schmitt was released on Sept. 6.

Mills had been on Philadelphia's practice squad. Guard Fenuki Tupou agreed to a contract and will take Mills' spot on the practice squad.

Weaver tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Coach Andy Reid called the damage to his knee ''severe,'' and said a surgery date for Weaver hasn't been set.

Jackson tore his right triceps, not biceps as the team originally said. He will have surgery on Tuesday. Jackson was in the starting lineup after making a remarkable recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL sustained last Dec. 27.

In other injury news, quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley have not been ruled out for Philadelphia's game at Detroit next Sunday despite sustaining concussions.

Reid said both players must pass a specific evaluation process before they are cleared to play. He said the team's medical staff will follow the NFL's guidelines for concussions.

Both players briefly returned after getting hurt in the second quarter against the Packers. — AP

Seahawks OL to miss game — 8:30 p.m.

Starting right guard Max Unger is likely out for the Seattle Seahawks game Sunday at Denver after suffering a toe injury in the season opener.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Unger injured his toe early in Seattle's 31-6 victory over San Francisco but played through the injury. Unger was wearing a protective boot on his left foot Monday.

Unger was a second-round pick by the Seahawks in 2009. He started all 16 games as a rookie, playing the first 13 at right guard before shifting to center for the final three games.

Carroll said he did not know who would take Unger's place.

Carroll said right guard Mike Gibson suffered a lower back strain against the 49ers but is expected to play this week. — AP

Kris Jenkins leaves Jets game, won't return vs. Ravens — 8:25 p.m.

New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins reinjured his left knee in Monday night’s game against Baltimore and was ruled out of returning to the field.

Jenkins, who suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in New York’s sixth game last season, was bent backwards awkwardly after getting his leg caught underneath another player. Jenkins was able to walk gingerly back to New York’s sideline but then returned to the locker room for further examination. The extent of Jenkins’ injury wasn’t immediately available.

''I have no idea what the extent of the injury is,'' Coach Rex Ryan told The Associated Press. ''I'm hopeful that it's not serious, but clearly it was serious enough for him to not return to the game."

The 31-year-old Jenkins is a key cog in New York’s run defense. Jenkins has reached the Pro Bowl four times in his 10 NFL seasons.

Sione Pouha, who had two fumble recoveries in the first quarter, shifted from end to nose tackle in Jenkins’ absence. Mike DeVito replaced Pouha at end.

— Alex Marvez

Help coming for Cowboys' woeful offensive line? — 6:46 p.m.

It’s easy to pile on right tackle Alex Barron for his game-ending holding penalty. And the two other holding penalties he committed.

But he was hardly the only Cowboy making mistakes in Sunday’s 13-7 loss to the Redskins.
The Cowboys committed a whopping 12 penalties for 91 yards in lost yardage.

“We made too many mistakes in the game,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said Monday. “Penalties really hurt us, obviously the last play of the game being the most glaring.”

The Cowboys had two more penalties than any other team in the league Sunday or Thursday.

Only the Bears (100) and Giants (95) had more penalty yardage.

Of course, Barron accounted for a big chunk of the Cowboys’ penalties.

If all goes according to plan, Cowboys fans won’t have to watch Barron draw more flags.

Phillips said he’s been told starting tackle Marc Colombo will return to practice Wednesday. Full story ...

— FOXSports Southwest

Chiefs work out four players – 5:58 p.m.

In preparation for Monday night’s game against the division rival San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs worked out four players over the last few days, a source confirmed.

LB Charlie Anderson, who also worked out for the New England Patriots last week, worked out for the Chiefs over the weekend.

WR David Clowney (waived recently by the New York Jets), DT Atiyyah Ellison (waived recently by the Jacksonville Jaguars), and LB Erik Walden (recently waived by the Miami Dolphins) also worked out for the team.

The Chiefs run a 3-4 scheme on defense, one that Anderson had experience in with the Dolphins over the past few seasons.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles to sign FB – 5:56 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles will sign free-agent Owen Schmitt to their active roster and will sign TE Garrett Mills from their practice squad. The team also announced that OL Fenuki Tupou will be signed to the practice squad.

To make room for Schmitt and Mills, the team will place FB Leonard Weaver (knee) and C Jamaal Jackson (triceps) on injured reserve.

Schmitt and Jason Davis worked out for the team on Monday.

— Adam Caplan

Merriman to sit out Monday night opener – 5:51 p.m.

According to head coach Norv Turner, Chargers LB Shawne Merriman’s been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Chiefs with an Achilles’ injury. Merriman was initially listed as doubtful, but will miss the game.

Merriman had been practicing up until recently, but had been wearing a protective boot over the weekend. The team hoped he’d be ready to go for the opener, but instead the move was made to make him inactive.

Larry English will start at linebacker in place of Merriman, who’s status for Week 2 is still undetermined.

— Gerrit Ritt

Bills sign TE – 5:38 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who have dealt with injury issues at the tight end position over recent weeks, signed one on Monday.

Rob Myers, who was waived by the New England Patriots recently, was signed to Buffalo’s practice squad.

Myers, along with Marquez Branson, worked out for Buffalo last Friday, a source confirmed. Branson, who was waived by the Denver Broncos recently, also worked out for the Detroit Lions last week.

In addition, the Bills worked out undrafted free-agent FB Rendrick Taylor.

To make for Myers on their practice squad, the team placed TE DajLeon Farr on the practice squad injured list.

— Adam Caplan

Raiders plagued by same old problems – 5:22 p.m.

All that offseason optimism in Oakland was erased by a season-opening blowout that brought up the same problems that have plagued the Raiders the past seven seasons.

There was an offensive line that gave quarterback Jason Campbell little time to throw the ball, receivers who struggled to get open down the field, a run defense that once again got gashed by the big play and 10 penalties that hurt the team on both sides of the ball.

It added up to a 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday that showed the Raiders have plenty of work to do if they want to end a streak of seven straight seasons with at least 11 losses.

— The Associated Press

Giants to be without TE Boss, OT Beatty - 5:23 p.m.

The New York Giants have injury problems that could force them to make a move at tight end.

Tight end Kevin Boss sustained his third concussion since late in 2008 season in the opener against Carolina, and his status for Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts is uncertain.

Not only is Boss iffy, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin says backup tackle William Beatty is out with a broken right foot that requires surgery.

Beatty's injury is an added concern because he lined up as the second tight end Sunday after Boss was hurt in the first quarter. Travis Beckum eventually took over in the No. 1 spot.

Boss and Beckum are the only tight ends on the Giants' 53-man roster.
After failing to catch a pass over the middle, Boss was hit in the back of the neck and helmet while he was on the ground by Panthers safety Sherrod Martin.

Boss missed a game at the end of the '08 season with a concussion and suffered another one on Thanksgiving at Denver. He was cleared when the Giants returned to practice the following week.

The Giants are looking for help and Bear Pascoe - on the Giants' practice squad - would be the logical player to add to the roster.

— The Associated Press

Cowboys' injured OL starters expected to practice – 5:14 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys expect to have their two injured starters on the offensive line back for practice Wednesday, which could be a big first step toward recovering from a loss in the season opener.

Coach Wade Phillips said it's too soon to say whether right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier will be able to play Sunday in the home opener against Chicago. Both suffered knee injuries during training camp.

Colombo would replace Alex Barron, whose holding penalty on the final play of the game wiped out what would've been a game-winning touchdown catch by Roy Williams. It was Barron's third holding penalty of the game.

Dallas lost 13-7 to Washington.

— The Associated Press

Bills lose LB for three weeks – 4:52 p.m.

Buffalo linebacker Paul Posluszny will miss about three weeks after the starter hurt his right knee in a season-opening loss to Miami.

More ...

— The Associated Press

Rams special teams ace could miss the season – 4:26 p.m.

St. Louis Rams linebacker Chris Chamberlain will be sidelined six to eight weeks with turf toe on his left foot, an injury that left him wearing a cast.

Chamberlain is one of the team's top special teams players, and he was hurt in the first half of Sunday's season-opening 17-13 loss to Arizona. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Monday that Chamberlain, who has already seen a foot specialist, may be placed on injured reserve.

Cornerback Kevin Dockery has a left hamstring strain and may not play next week at Oakland. Rookie tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (hoo-MAH'-nuh-wah-noo-ee) has a high left ankle sprain that could sideline him a while.

— The Associated Press

Moore still slated to start over Clausen next week – 3:57 p.m.

Carolina Panthers coach John Fox has no plans to turn to rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen just yet.

Three end zone interceptions and a lost fumble won't be enough for Matt Moore to lose his starting job - as long as he's recovered from a concussion in time for Sunday's home opener against the Buccaneers.

Fox said Moore was ''feeling way better'' on Monday, a day after he was knocked out of the game and sent to the hospital for evaluation following a hard, blind-side hit by Osi Umenyiora in the final minutes of the Giants' 31-18 win. However, Fox said he may have suffered the concussion on the previous drive, when he lost a fumble after a hard hit by Mathias Kiwanuka, one of four times Moore was sacked.

It marked the second straight year of poor quarterback play in Week 1 for the Panthers. And just like last year, when Fox stuck with Jake Delhomme after five turnovers against Philadelphia, he provided no hesitation when asked if Moore would start against the Buccaneers if healthy.

But Moore, who didn't speak to reporters Monday, will have to pass numerous mandated tests under stricter concussion rules to be allowed back on the field, making it possible Clausen could make his first NFL start in Week 2.

''I'm ready to go,'' Clausen said. ''Obviously, Matt is day to day right now. I'm going to prepare just like I prepared last week.''

– The Associated Press

Stafford won't need surgery on his shoulder – 3:38 p.m.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz says Matthew Stafford's injured right shoulder won't need surgery.

Schwartz said Monday there's no timetable on Stafford's return.

The second-year quarterback was knocked out of the season opener when Chicago's Julius Peppers sacked him Sunday. Stafford said after the game he'd try to play in Week 2 at home against Minnesota.

Schwartz says Stafford was very sore on Monday, but got good returns from tests.

Backup Shaun Hill started the third quarter in place of Stafford and appeared to make a game-winning throw to Calvin Johnson, but it was ruled incomplete.

– The Associated Press

Packers DE Harrell out for the season – 3:25 p.m.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Justin Harrell will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered during Sunday's victory at Philadelphia.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Harrell hurt one of his anterior cruciate ligaments and will be placed on injured reserve.

Elsewhere on the Packers defense, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins will continue to play with a cast on his broken hand.

– The Associated Press

Harvin hopes to have solved migraine issues – 2:31 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin says he believes doctors have helped him find a solution for his migraine headaches.

Harvin confirmed Monday he was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, a condition that causes temporary breathing stoppages during sleep. Doctors believe that's contributed to his migraine attacks. He's since been set up with a special breathing machine and says he hasn't had a migraine since his scary collapse on the practice field last month that sent him to the hospital.

Harvin had only one catch for 12 yards in Minnesota's season-opening loss at New Orleans, but with Pro Bowler Sidney Rice out for several more weeks following hip surgery, the Vikings are counting on Harvin even more. They'll host Miami on Sunday.

– The Associated Press

Miami to sign DL Dotson – 2:20 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins are expected to sign DL Lionel Dotson off the Denver Broncos practice squad to their 53-man roster, a source confirmed.

Dotson was waived by Miami on Sept. 4 and signed with Denver’s practice squad on Sept. 6.

Dotson was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 draft by Miami.

— Adam Caplan

Grant will miss Packers home opener at least – 2:18 p.m.

Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant suffered an ankle injury during the first half of Sunday’s victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Grant was expected to return to the game, but never wound up doing so.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said during his Monday press conference that Grant’s injury is actually serious and more tests will be done to determine the extent of the injury. McCarthy already ruled out Grant for this week’s home opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Backup RB Brandon Jackson will take over the starting role until Grant returns. However, McCarthy did not rule out Grant having surgery on the ankle.

Green Bay does not have another back on their 53-man roster, but does have RB James Johnson on their practice squad.

— Adam Caplan

Philadelphia loses two starters – 11:54 a.m.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid confirmed on Monday mostly what he told the media after Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Starting C Jamaal Jackson actually suffered a torn triceps muscle and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Reid had said Sunday that Jackson’s injury was to his biceps, but he made the correction today. Reid also confirmed starting FB Leonard Weaver suffered a severe ACL tear.

A source told that Weaver suffered damage to at least three ligaments in his injured left knee, plus nerve damage.

Philadelphia does not have another fullback on their 53-man roster, but they do have FB/TE Garrett Mills on their practice squad to consider adding. The Eagles are scheduled to work out free-agent FBs Owen Schmitt and Jason Davis on Monday.

Reid also confirmed starters QB Kevin Kolb and MLB Stewart Bradley suffered concussions. Both players will be evaluated as the week progresses, but their status for Sunday’s game at the Detroit Lions remains unclear at this point. Both players must pass a series of concussion tests in order to be cleared to play.

Veteran QB Michael Vick will start on Sunday unless Kolb gets cleared for action. Backup LB Omar Gaither replaced Bradley against Green Bay and would likely start if Bradley isn’t cleared. Backup G/C Mike McGlynn, who replaced Jackson, is expected to start against Detroit.

— Adam Caplan

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