notebook: 'No decision' on Rodgers' Week 2 availability
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[September 11, 2018]
Green Bay Packers coach Mike
McCarthy said Monday "no decision has been made" about whether
quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to play Week 2 against the
"We're still collecting all the information on his specific
situation," McCarthy told reporters. "I know Aaron wants to play and
is always driven to play, but that's all I have for right now."
Rodgers said in his postgame interview Sunday night on NBC that he
would play against the Vikings, against whom he broke his collarbone
Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the second quarter of the
Packers' Sunday night opener against the Chicago Bears with a left
knee injury, but he returned after halftime to lead a 20-point
comeback victory, despite putting little weight on his left leg. He
closed the game with four consecutive scoring drives, completing the
largest fourth-quarter comeback (17 points) in franchise history.
--The Tennessee Titans placed three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie
Walker on injured reserve following an ankle injury sustained Sunday
in a season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Walker's right ankle was fractured and dislocated when a defender
rolled up his leg while making a tackle late in the fourth quarter.
Walker, 34, was carted off the field, ending his 13th NFL season
after tallying four catches for 52 yards.
Walker was named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons,
and he has missed just eight total games in the past 11 years. He
set career highs in 2015 with 94 receptions for 1,088 yards.
--After a season opener in which both of the Bills' quarterbacks
struggled, Buffalo coach Sean McDermott was not ready to name a Week
Nathan Peterman was benched during the Bills' 47-3 road loss to
Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and rookie replacement Josh Allen wasn't
much better. The Bills play host to the Los Angeles Chargers this
"Still going to evaluate where we are, dotting the i's, crossing the
t's," McDermott said. "Take one step at a time. When you look at the
tape, I've been through it a couple times already, we all have to do
our job better. You can go around the team, in all three phases we
didn't play well enough to win the football game."
--Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is dealing
with a right hamstring injury and his status for the AFC
Championship Game rematch with the New England Patriots on Sunday
likely will be determined late in the week.
Fournette sustained the injury during the Jaguars' season-opening
win against the New York Giants.
"I talked to (the doctors) and they said it was a minor hamstring
injury," Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone said. "We have a lot of
time and we will see where it is. If he is ready to go, we will ease
him back in there. We will see how he feels. I think a lot of it
depends on that."
--Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he would not have an
update on the condition of tight end Greg Olsen, who left the Sunday
opener with a foot injury.
Rivera said the timing of his media session made it impossible to
discuss injuries with the Panthers' medical staff on Monday morning,
but he said the Panthers are prepared to execute without Olsen if he
is out any length of time.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly appears to have escaped a scare with his
lower leg. Kuechly left the game in the second half but was able to
walk around after a brief chat with trainers.
--Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin sustained a Grade 2
partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on
Sunday, according to an ESPN report.
The timetable for Baldwin to return remains unclear. He got rolled
up on against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter and limped
off the field after getting treated by trainers. He returned briefly
before the Seahawks deemed him out just after halftime. He did not
catch his only target in the game.
Baldwin, who turns 30 later this month, missed all of the preseason
with soreness in his left knee, telling reporters in late August he
was "about 80 to 85 percent" and would probably deal with the issue
for the rest of the season.
--Patriots running back Jeremy Hill's first season with the team is
over after one game, as New England placed him on injured reserve.
Hill left the Sunday game with a knee injury, and multiple reports
indicate he sustained a torn ACL in his right knee while in pursuit
on a change of possession against the Houston Texans. Patriots
fullback James Develin delivered an inadvertent shot to Hill's knee
as both pursued the ball after a turnover.
New England's depth at running back would be suspect entering Week 2
against the Jaguars unless rookie Sony Michel can return. Michel was
inactive Sunday due to a knee issue.
--The Patriots worked out former Cleveland Browns wideout Corey
Coleman, according to an NFL Network report.
Coleman was also scheduled to visit the Eagles on Tuesday, per NFL
Coleman was the 15th overall pick in 2016, but he was dealt to the
Bills in August for a seventh-round pick and failed to make
Buffalo's roster. The Patriots released wideouts Chad Hansen and
Riley McCarron on Monday, leaving them with just three true wideouts
on the roster with Julian Edelman suspended.
--The Bills released defensive tackle Adolphus Washington and signed
former Browns defensive end Nate Orchard.
Washington, 23, was a third-round pick in 2016 and started 21 games
over his first two seasons, but he lost his starting job this
offseason with the arrival of Star Lotulelei via free agency and
Harrison Phillips via the draft.
Orchard, 25, was a second-round pick in 2015 and was featured in
detail on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this August before being released by
the Browns during final cuts. He has 5.0 sacks in 34 career games
(13 starts), including 2.0 sacks last year.
--Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson could miss several weeks after
being diagnosed with a concussion Sunday in his first game back from
a head injury.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that Johnson would likely miss
significant time with a second concussion in less than four weeks.
NFL Network reported Johnson's absence will likely be at least four
weeks and perhaps six, making him a candidate to go on injured
reserve and be recalled later this season.
Johnson had cleared concussion protocol in time to play at
Foxborough, Mass., in the season-opening loss to the Patriots.
--San Francisco 49ers wideout Marquise Goodwin is day-to-day with a
bruised thigh, and guards Mike Person (strained foot) and Joshua
Garnett (dislocated toe) are week-to-week, Kyle Shanahan said.
Goodwin missed much of the Sunday game against the Minnesota Vikings
with what was called a quad issue, finishing without a catch on one
target in 17 snaps. He appears to have a good chance of playing in
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers argues a call in the
first half against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Mandatory
credit: William Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via USA TODAY
Person went down after 20 snaps and was replaced by Garnett, who
played 14. Garry Gilliam came in at right tackle and Mike McGlinchey
kicked inside to guard with both players out.
--Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden sustained a Grade 1
hamstring strain against the Browns, according to an ESPN report.
It's the mildest level of hamstring strains, but Haden's status for
Week 2 against the Chiefs is uncertain as the Steelers won't rush
him, per ESPN.
Haden, 29, played 58 of 89 snaps (65 percent) against his former
team in the Steelers' draw with Cleveland. He has missed 19 games
due to injury over the past three seasons, including five last year.
--Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah might miss some time with an
ankle injury sustained Sunday, coach Hue Jackson told reporters.
Jackson said he believes Ogbah avoided a high ankle sprain, but it's
unclear how long the 24-year-old will be out. Free agent signee
Chris Smith is next in line for snaps opposite Myles Garrett.
A 2016 second-round pick, Ogbah missed six games last season with a
broken foot. He played 27 snaps against the Steelers before leaving,
assisting on one tackle.
--Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon is expected to "miss some time"
with a knee injury sustained Sunday, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Dixon, who missed all of 2017 with a torn meniscus, led the Ravens
in carries (13) and rushing yards (44) while finding the end zone
once in the Ravens' 47-3 drubbing of the Bills, but he limped off in
the final minutes.
A 2016 fourth-round pick, Dixon also missed four games as a rookie
due to injury.
--Defensive end Steven Means signed with the Atlanta Falcons to fill
the roster spot created when safety Keanu Neal was placed on injured
The Falcons also signed linebacker Corey Nelson -- as Deion Jones is
dealing with a foot injury -- and safety Keith Tandy. Atlanta
released cornerback Deante Burton and long snapper Jeff Overbaugh to
Neal sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in
the Sept. 6 season opener at Philadelphia. Means and Nelson were
among the final players cut by the Eagles.
--Los Angeles Chargers right tackle Joe Barksdale was still being
evaluated after leaving the Sunday game due to a right knee injury.
Coach Anthony Lynn declined to provide further updates on Barksdale
on Monday but did say that swing tackle Sam Tevi "is our starter, as
of right now."
Barksdale played 15 snaps against the Chiefs before leaving. He was
announced as questionable to return but never did. Tevi, a 2017
sixth-round pick, started one game as a rookie.
--The Dolphins re-signed center Travis Swanson for the second time
in a week, according to an NFL Network report.
Swanson was signed last Monday -- after he was among the Jets' final
cuts -- before being released a day later. Per NFL Network, the
Dolphins will release tight end Gavin Escobar to make room for
Swanson on the roster.
Escobar was signed last week after the team placed tight end
MarQueis Gray on injured reserve because of a torn Achilles.
--The Dallas Cowboys signed guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, who worked out
for the team last week, according to Su'a-Filo's agent.
Su'a-Filo started 40 games over the past three seasons for the
Texans, but he signed a one-year deal with Tennessee in free agency
and didn't make the team out of training camp.
The Cowboys need depth on the interior with center Travis Frederick
out while battling Guillain-Barre syndrome. Parker Ehinger, who was
acquired in late August from the Kansas City Chiefs, was placed on
injured reserve last week.
--Washington Redskins wideouts Trey Quinn and Cam Sims each
sustained high ankle sprains Sunday, coach Jay Gruden said.
Gruden said it's unclear if either player will need surgery, but it
appears both will be out for a significant stretch.
Quinn, the final pick of the 2018 draft, and Sims, an undrafted
rookie, make up a third of Washington's depth chart at the position
and are key pieces on special teams. Quinn had two punt returns for
12 yards on Sunday and also played eight offensive snaps, going
without a target.
--The Broncos released wideout Isaiah McKenzie and, per ESPN, are
expected to re-sign veteran safety Shamarko Thomas.
Both players were among the team's final cuts at the end of the
preseason, but McKenzie was re-signed to the roster after Su'a
Cravens was placed on injured reserve. McKenzie was inactive on
Sunday, however, as Adam Jones has assumed the Broncos' punt-return
job, and Tim Patrick is locked in as the team's fifth wide receiver.
Thomas is expected to help on special teams while Cravens is on IR.
The team also released wideout River Cracraft from the practice
squad and reinstated suspended wideout Carlos Henderson to take
Cracraft's place. Henderson, a 2017 third-round pick, missed all of
camp after not reporting due to a personal issue, but he returned to
the team in late August.
--Former Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller joined the Philadelphia
Eagles as one of three wide receivers signed to the practice squad.
Tight end Billy Brown was released from the practice squad.
Miller, a third-round pick in 2016, was converted from quarterback
at Ohio State to slot receiver with Houston. The 25-year-old had
nine starts in 21 career games with the Texans and caught 34 passes
for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles are also hosting former Baltimore first-round pick
Breshad Perriman, according to multiple reports. Perriman battled
injuries and was released by the Ravens, who selected him in the
first round of the 2015 draft.
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