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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

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

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

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

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. —

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

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. —


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

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

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

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

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.
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— 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

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

— Adam Caplan

Merriman to sit out Monday night opener – 5:51

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Giants are looking for help and Bear Pascoe – on the Giants’
practice squad – would be the logical player to add to the

— 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

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

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


— The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

– The Associated Press

Stafford won’t need surgery on his shoulder – 3:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Adam Caplan

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

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

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

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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