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Duke Ihenacho joins DeAngelo Hall on IR

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Cornerback DeAngelo Hall isn’t the only member of the Redskins secondary that saw his season come to an end during Sunday’s loss to the Eagles.

The team announced that they have placed safety Duke Ihenacho on injured reserve while also officially ending Hall’s season. Ihenacho injured his heel in Philadelphia.

Ihenacho was claimed off of waivers by Washington after he was cut by Denver at the end of the summer. He was a starter in Denver last season, but was playing in a reserve role and on special teams for the Redskins. The Redskins have Akeem Davis and Trenton Robinson as backup safeties now and 2013 fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas is on the practice squad.

There’s an open spot on the roster with cornerback Chase Minniefield coming up from the practice squad, although the team could opt to go with 52 players this week since they face the Giants on Thursday night and then round out their roster at a later date.

The Redskins also announced that they have released linebacker Darryl Sharpton from injured reserve.

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Ravens confirm Dennis Pitta will miss the rest of the season

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Dennis Pitta’s season is over.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed today that Pitta, the tight end who suffered a dislocated right hip on Sunday, had surgery today and will miss the rest of the season.

This is the second time in the last 14 months that Pitta has suffered a dislocated right hip. He suffered the injury last year in training camp and missed the first 12 games of the season.

Heading into this season, the Ravens thought Pitta was going to be healthy and ready for a big year, and he caught 10 passes in Week One. Now his season is over after Week Three, and he’s left to wonder if his hip is ever going to be healthy enough to withstand an NFL season.

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Antonio Cromartie has bone bruise, day-to-day heading into bye week

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The Cardinals have some extra time off before they will put their undefeated record to the test against the Broncos and that should bode well for cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s chances of playing.

Cromartie left Sunday’s win over the 49ers with a knee injury, but the team isn’t worried about an extended absence. Darren Urban of the team’s website reports that Cromartie suffered a bone bruise and that he’s day-to-day as the team heads into their bye week. Coach Bruce Arians said he thinks Cromartie will be fine by the time Week Five rolls around.

There’s less certainty when it comes to Carson Palmer. The quarterback has missed the last two games with a nerve issue in his shoulder and hasn’t been able to throw in practice as a result.

Arians said that he’s hopeful Palmer can resume throwing this week, although there’s no real timetable for his return as his efforts to wake up the nerve have not been successful to this point.

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Whisenhunt: Jake Locker has right wrist injury

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The Titans’ starting quarterback has an injury to his throwing arm.

Quarterback Jake Locker has an injured right wrist, Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday, according to the club’s official Twitter feed.

Locker had an MRI on the wrist on Monday morning, Whisenhunt said, according to the club. The Titans’ head coach indicated it was not yet known whether Locker would be able to play Sunday at Indianapolis, Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean reported.

Charlie Whitehurst is the Titans’ backup quarterback.

Locker completed just 17-of-34 passes for 185 yards with no TDs and two interceptions in Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati. He also rushed six times for 50 yards. According to Whisenhunt, Locker was having trouble getting a grip on the ball at game’s end because of the injury, the Tennessean reported.

The Titans (1-2) are one game out of the AFC South lead.

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Danny Woodhead out for the season with broken leg

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The Chargers can’t keep running backs on the field.

Coach Mike McCoy told reporters that Danny Woodhead suffered a broken fibula in yesterday’s game, and would be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

That’s a huge blow for a Chargers offense that was already without Ryan Mathews.

They’ll have to make do with Donald Brown now, and after he touched the ball 36 times yesterday, he’s clearly ready for a heavy workload.

The only hope for the Chargers is that he holds up until Mathews returns.

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Niners hopeful Vernon Davis will return next Sunday

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The 49ers are hopeful tight end Vernon Davis‘ absence will span just one game.

According to the club’s Twitter feed, head coach John Harbaugh said he was “optimistic” Davis would be able to suit up for Sunday’s matchup against 3-0 Philadelphia.

Davis exited the Week Two loss to Chicago with knee and ankle injuries. He was inactive for Sunday’s defeat at Arizona, as was second-string tight end Vance McDonald (knee).

The 30-year-old Davis is a key part of the 49ers’ offense. Long one of the game’s fastest tight ends, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Davis can give safeties, linebackers and cornerbacks fits.

The Niners (1-2) are two games back of the Cardinals and one game behind the Seahawks in the NFC West.

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DeAngelo Hall confirms his season is over

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All indications on Sunday were that cornerback DeAngelo Hall was done for the season with a torn Achilles tendon and the veteran confirmed it on Monday.

Hall isn’t wasting any time when it comes to getting his rehab organized. He said that he’s already started reaching out to others, including Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who have suffered the injury to get their advice on the best way to progress.

“I’ve spoke to a couple other athletes, who have had this similar injury. I’m just trying to do my homework, my due diligence make sure I pick the right place [to have surgery],” Hall said, via the Washington Post. “I’m not a spring chicken, so I’ve got to make sure I get it done it the right way. I’ve got to be as patient as possible, attack this rehab and get back out on the field.”

He’ll turn 31 in November and it’s no sure thing that rehab will be a smooth one. Hall signed a four-year deal with the Redskins this offseason, which should afford him every chance to show he’s back to form in 2015.

The Redskins will promote Chase Minniefield from the practice squad to take Hall’s spot on the roster.

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Chip Kelly doesn’t think his practices are a problem

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Eagles cornerback Cary Williams raised a few eyebrows Sunday when he followed up an Eagles win by going public with his feelings that the Eagles practiced too hard during the week and that “you can’t continue to run your team into the ground and expect great results.”

Williams said that other members of the Eagles felt the same way, which all but guaranteed that coach Chip Kelly would be asked about it on Monday. Kelly was asked about Williams’s comments and if he thought the team felt they were being worked too hard in practice.

“No,” Kelly said, via the Philadelphia Daily News. “I know we ask our guys to run a lot during practice. I met with Cary just a little while ago, he came in on his own today … I think he was frustrated. I understand that. Cary’s a competitor. I got no issues with Cary.”

Kelly added that he wasn’t bothered by Williams airing his feelings to the media, which should put a pin in this story as long as the Eagles don’t lose a game in which they look exhausted at the opening kickoff.

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Report: Kyle Rudolph needs sports hernia surgery

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It doesn’t look like Teddy Bridgewater will have tight end Kyle Rudolph to lean on when he makes his first start at quarterback for the Vikings.

Rudolph left Sunday’s loss to the Saints with a groin injury and was expected to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Rudolph will need to have sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks while he recovers.

If that’s the case and the timeline is in the neighborhood that Breer reported, he could be a candidate for injured reserve with the designation to return as the Vikings haven’t used it yet this season.

The Vikings have targeted Rudolph 17 times this season, just behind Greg Jennings for the most of anyone on the team. That would make for a significant absence that the Vikings will try to fill with Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray.

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Arian Foster says he’s day-to-day with hamstring injury

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The Texans played without running back Arian Foster on Sunday because they didn’t feel Foster’s hamstring was up to facing the Giants.

Foster was missed. Alfred Blue broke a 46-yard run, but had 32 yards on his other 12 carries and the team was forced to lean too heavily on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to get their offense moving in a 30-17 loss that wasn’t as close as the final score might lead you to believe.

On Monday, Foster said that his hamstring felt “good” while working out on Sunday although it obviously wasn’t good enough to allay any fears that the team might have had about his condition. While he felt good on Sunday, he wasn’t making any overly optimistic predictions for this week’s game.

Foster, who looked good in running for 241 yards in the two Texans wins that opened the season, described himself as “day-to-day,” which will make his practice status on Wednesday closely watched in both Houston and Buffalo.

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Dolphins won’t commit to Ryan Tannehill as starter

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Well, this should be a fun trip to London for the Dolphins this week.

During his press conference today, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin refused to commit to former first-rounder Ryan Tannehill for their game against the Raiders at Wembley Stadium.

After some early hedging, Philbin was asked specifically if Tannehill would start against the Raiders.

We’ll decide our game plan before we leave to play Oakland,” Philbin replied, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.

The No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft — selected by a guy who no longer works there — Tannehill has slumped this season.

Tannehill helped them to a win over the Patriots in the opener, but his numbers this season are well off his previous pace. He’s only completing 56.5 percent of his passes, and his passer rating his declined each week to get him to 74.1 for the year.

The option is Matt Moore, and Philbin did everything he could to provide no clarity. Asked if the two were competing this week for the job, Philbin replied: “we’ll utilize the players the best way we see fit.”

Tannehill has shown flashes of competence, but nothing about him suggests that he’s going to be anything more than an average NFL quarterback, at best. Moore has shown similar flashes, and lighting a fire under the starter can’t hurt at this stage.

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Technically, league is running out of time on Rice appeal

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Ten days ago, the NFL indefinitely suspended running back Ray Rice.  Last Tuesday, Rice appealed the suspension.

Six days later, Commissioner Roger Goodell still hasn’t appointed a hearing officer, and no progress has been made toward establishing a date for the appeal.

That could soon become a problem for the league.  Per multiple sources, the following language from the labor deal applies to the resolution of Rice’s appeal: “Appeal hearings under Section 1(a) will be scheduled to commence within ten (10) days following receipt of the notice of appeal, except that hearings on suspensions issued during the playing season (defined for this Section as the first preseason game through the Super Bowl) will be scheduled for the second Tuesday following the receipt of the notice of appeal, with the intent that the appeal shall be heard no fewer than eight (8) days and no more than thirteen (13) days following the suspension, absent mutual agreement of the parties or a finding by the hearing officer of extenuating circumstances. If unavailability of counsel is the basis for a continuance, a new hearing shall be scheduled on or before the Tuesday following the original hearing date, without exception.”

In English, this means that the hearing ideally will be held between Tuesday and Thursday of this week, with the hearing held no later than next Tuesday, September 30 — unless the hearing officer decides that the circumstances prevent it, or the NFL and NFLPA agree to delay it.

The NFLPA accidentally cited the offseason rule in the announcement of the Rice appeal, and it’s possible the NFL will claim that this operated as a waiver of the stricter in-season timetable. That would be a flimsy argument, however; the rules are plainly set forth in the labor deal, and the first order of business in any situation where a party must take action by a certain time should be to figure out the last day on which the action can be taken.

The NFL may argue that Goodell’s decision to hand the baton to someone else creates “extenuating circusmtances” that justify a delay, but the league office told PFT last Wednesday that Goodell “never intended” to handle the appeal. So why has he waited 10 days and counting since suspension was imposed to appoint someone to handle it?

There’s a chance the NFLPA won’t make an issue of this. Rice literally (not actually literally, unless there’s a glow we don’t know about) has become radioactive to potential suitors. Whether the hearing happens this week or next week or next month or next year, it won’t change the fact that no one will be rolling out the red carpet for him any time soon.

Still, at a time when the league and the various teams embroiled in controversy have talked openly and repeatedly about “getting it right” despite so many things having gone badly wrong, it would be nice to see that something can be gotten right, especially when that something entails the fairly simple application of a clearly-worded scheduling rule that the NFL has used many times in the past.

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Two more Panthers backs headed to MRI tubes

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This is some kind of sick joke.

The Panthers — after years of buying all the running backs — are suddenly out of running backs.

Coach Ron Rivera just told reporters that Jonathan Stewart (knee) and Mike Tolbert (leg) were getting MRIs today on injuries suffered in last night’s loss to the Steelers.

The Panthers were already playing without starter DeAngelo Williams, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and reserve/special teamer Fozzy Whittaker.

That forced them to call undrafted rookie Darrin Reaves up from the practice squad over the weekend, and he is currently atop the depth chart.

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Lions confirm: Stephen Tulloch tore ACL celebrating

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It’s bad enough he was compared to a Gramatica.

Now Stephen Tulloch has the entire season to plan his next celebration.

The Lions confirmed that Tulloch tore his ACL yesterday while celebrating a sack, and would be placed on injured reserve.

As difficult a break as it was, Lions coach Jim Caldwell knows it’s hard to curb such celebrations.

“It’s not going to happen,” Caldwell said. “This is an emotional game. We want enthusiasm.”

The Lions thought they ended their bizarre injury luck when they let veteran receiver/pizza delivery guy Nate Burleson go this offseason, but this may be even worse.

In a related development, high fives have been prohibited, and Ndamukong Suh has been given a big, soft, fuzzy boot to wear when he feels like stomping someone.

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Another OL hit: Jason Kelce needs sports hernia surgery

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The hits keep coming for the Eagles offensive line, which was supposed to be their foundation.

According to Jeff McLaneof the Philadelphia Inquirer, center Jason Kelce has a sports hernia and will likely need surgery to repair it.

Kelce left yesterday’s game just after halftime and didn’t return.

They’re still another week away from the return of right tackle Lane Johnson from suspension, and left guard Evan Mathis is already using the IR/designated for return spot. Sixth-man/spot-starter Allen Barbre was lost for the season to an ankle injury in the opener.

Kelce could miss two months or more, though they’re waiting for additional tests to determine the time frame.

Backup David Molk replaced him yesterday, but they’d need to make some degree of roster move as their numbers dwindle. Veteran Wade Smith was dragged in off the street to start at guard, and he can play center as well.

The Eagles were scrambling yesterday, as veteran Todd Herremans was their only regular left after left tackle Jason Peters was ejected for fighting, leaving people called Andrew Gardner, Dennis Kelly, Smith and Molk to finish the game.

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