Del Rio: Carr X-rays negative

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The injury to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s throwing hand was serious enough to force Carr out of Sunday’s season opener in the second quarter, but Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters after the game that X-rays on Carr’s hand were negative.

That meshed with a report by John Middlekauff, a Bay Area radio host and former NFL scout, who tweeted that he was told that Carr had no broken bones but did not return to the game because was unable to grip a ball due to swelling.

The Raiders were already down 17-0 Sunday when Carr took a hit from Bengals cornerback Adam Jones while Carr was trying to run out of bounds. Carr fumbled out of bounds, and Matt McGloin came in the next play and handed off on what became an unsuccessful fourth-down play.

McGloin finished the game and completed 23-of-31 passes for 142 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, but the Bengals led 24-0 before he threw a pass.

Carr was 7-of-12 for 61 yards before the injury.

Del Rio offered little else about Carr after the game. The Raiders at halftime announced only that Carr had a hand injury and his return vs. the Bengals was questionable. Carr did not speak to the media after the game.

The Raiders host the Ravens next Sunday.

Derek Carr leaves game; severity of hand injury unknown

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Nothing went right for the Raiders in Sunday’s first half, and quarterback Derek Carr leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury was probably the worst of all that happened.

Carr was hit near the sideline by Bengals cornerback Adam Jones while scrambling. He fumbled but the ball went out of bounds, and after a short conversation with team medical staff on the sideline Carr was taken to the locker room.

Matt McGloin replaced him and then started the second half.

The Raiders are calling it a hand injury and saying Carr’s return to the game is questionable. McGloin starting the second half is a sign that Carr won’t return.

The Raiders were facing a fourth and one situation after Carr took the hit, and they inserted McGloin at quarterback. He handed off to Latavius Murray, who was stopped for no gain.

The Bengals scored with seven seconds left in the half to make it 24-0, and McGloin was intercepted on the Raiders’ first series of the second half.

Jets rookie Mauldin hospitalized

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Jets rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was taken to a local hospital Sunday afternoon after suffering head and neck injuries in the second half of the Jets’ season opener vs. the Browns.

Mauldin was placed on a spinal board and carted off the field. The team said he was taken to the hospital for further testing.

I am very worried about him,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said after the game.

It appeared Mauldin was struck in the head during a fumble return. He got up after the play and then collapsed to the turf before team medical staff attended to him. He was down on the field for five minutes before he was taken to a waiting ambulance.

Mauldin is a third-round pick out of Louisville.

DeAndre Levy won’t play in opener

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As expected, the Lions won’t have linebacker and defensive leader DeAndre Levy for Sunday’s season opener in San Diego. The Lions had listed Levy, who hasn’t practiced in almost three weeks, as doubtful on their Friday injury report.

Josh Bynes will start in Levy’s place.

Among the other inactive players for the Lions is wide receiver T.J. Jones, who’s listed on the team’s depth chart as the No. 1 kick returner and punt returner. Rookie running back Ameer Abdullah and/or veteran receiver Golden Tate could work as return men.

Tight end Ladarius Green will play for the Chargers. He was questionable due to concussion-like symptoms and the Chargers signed veteran tight end John Phillips this week in case Green couldn’t go.

Redskins down two defensive backs

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The Redskins have a 10-7 halftime lead on the Dolphins, but the Redskins have lost two defensive backs to injuries during the game.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall suffered a rib injury late in the second quarter. The team announced Hall’s return is questionable.

Safety Duke Ihenacho was lost early in the game to a wrist injury and was replaced by Trenton Robinson. Ihenacho will not return to the game, the team announced.

Ryan Tannehill threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews late in the first half to bring the Dolphins to within 10-7.

Cromartie out with knee injury

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Antonio Cromartie’s first game back with the Jets did not go as planned.

The veteran cornerback was seen chasing Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin on Benjamin’s 54-yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter, and on the next Browns drive Cromartie suffered a non-contact knee injury and was taken to the locker room.

The Jets have not offered details other than to make a pressbox announcement that Cromartie’s return is doubtful.

Cromartie, 31, played with the Cardinals last year after spending 2010-13 with the Jets. He was replaced in the base defense by Buster Skrine.

McCown suffers concussion; Browns go to Manziel

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An impressive season-opening drive by the Browns ended in very-like Browns fashion when quarterback Josh McCown tucked the ball and ran on third and goal, left his feet and got hit at about the two-yard line and fumbled into the end zone, where the Jets recovered for a touchback.

McCown suffered a concussion on the play and won’t return. He was replaced by Johnny Manziel, who immediately led a touchdown drive.

McCown was examined on the sideline and escorted to the locker room by medical staff. The CBS broadcast said the the NFL’s independent neurologist on the Browns’ sideline mandated that McCown be taken in for further examination.

Manziel, who missed the last two preseason games with a sore elbow and didn’t get any reps with the No. 1 offense in the preseason, began warming up as the Jets took possession. Manziel entered the game after the Jets turned the ball over on downs.

The Browns dressed two quarterbacks Sunday. Austin Davis, signed last week, is inactive for the game.

The Browns had converted four consecutive third downs on a drive that covered 90 yards before McCown’s fumble.

Browns make Gilbert, Bowe inactive

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The Browns have made wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and cornerback Justin Gilbert inactive for Sunday’s game vs. the Jets.

NFL Network first reported earlier Sunday that Bowe would be inactive. He was listed as questionable on the injury report with a hamstring injury but there’s some question as to whether he’s injured or just in the doghouse after Bowe played well into the second half of the preseason finale.

Gilbert was involved in a road rage incident in a Cleveland suburb Friday and was cited for driving with a lack of reasonable control.

Gilbert suffered a hip pointer in mid-August and did not play in the final three preseason games but he returned to practice last week. He was also listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

Also inactive for the Browns are newly acquired running back Robert Turbin, quarterback Austin Davis, linebacker Nate Orchard, defensive lineman Xavier Cooper and tight end E.J. Bibbs.

Report: Fisher won’t play; Chiefs will start Jah Reid

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Eric Fisher doesn’t trust his ankle to hold up, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports, so the Chiefs will start Jah Reid at right tackle today.

That means a guy who got cut last weekend will be blocking J.J. Watt today.

The move continues the line shuffle the Chiefs have made this week. Fisher was moved from left tackle to right, making Donald Stephenson the left tackle. Reid was released last weekend by the Ravens and signed by the Chiefs because he’s experienced and has played four different line positions in his career.

Fisher has been battling the dreaded high ankle sprain since Aug. 18.

The Chiefs listed Fisher as questionable on their Friday injury report. Backup tackle Jeff Allen is also questionable with a knee injury.

Report: Dwayne Bowe will be inactive

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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Browns plan to make veteran wide receiver Dwayne Bowe inactive for Sunday’s season opener vs. the Jets.

So far, the team’s play to add a big receiver in the absence of the suspended Josh Gordon has been a big bust. The Browns gave Bowe $9 million guaranteed when he signed a two-year deal last March, and that deal may have kept him from being cut earlier this month.

The Browns listed Bowe as questionable on their Friday injury report. He missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring issue, then played in the final two preseason games but showed up on the injury report this week. He was listed as a third-teamer on this week’s depth chart, which Browns coach Mike Pettine insisted meant nothing.

Last week’s release of Terrelle Pryor left the Browns with six receivers on their 53-man roster, one being core special teams player Marlon Moore. If Bowe doesn’t play that would indicate the starting receivers Sunday will be Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins with Travis Benjamin and Taylor Gabriel as backups.

Devin Smith listed as probable, probably won’t play

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The NFL debut of speedy Jets receiver Devin Smith will be probably still be delayed.

But it might not be. Smith is ahead of the schedule Jets coach Todd Bowles has shared publicly and was officially listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Browns on the injury report.

Smith suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung on what Bowles called a “freak play” in a July 31 practice. The immediate diagnosis was an absence of at least six weeks, but Smith has been back at practice this week, participating in team drills but with no contact.

Because he hasn’t been hit and because he missed so much time — Smith was hospitalized after the injury — Bowles has said that Smith probably won’t be among the active Jets players this weekend.

At very least, Smith’s status gives the Browns something to think about. Smith was the best deep threat in college football last season and gives the Jets an element they’ve been missing in recent years.

Panthers CB Norman clears concussion protocol

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The Panthers will have starting cornerback Josh Norman in the lineup for Sunday’s season opener. Norman passed the NFL’s concussion protocol and returned to practice Friday.

He left last week’s preseason finale in Pittsburgh after suffering a concussion. But Norman, who missed two games last year after suffering a concussion, insisted this one was minor and that he would be fine.

Norman, 27, was a fifth-round pick of the Panthers in 2012. He started 10 games last season and had a career-high two interceptions.

Norman is best known outside of Charlotte for his training camp fight with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Vikings place starting center on IR/return

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Longtime Vikings center John Sullivan has been placed on injured-reserve/designated for return after undergoing back surgery.

After sitting out for three weeks, Sullivan underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy Wednesday. His absence for at least half the season is another blow to a Vikings offensive line that also lost tackle Phil Loadholt to a torn Achilles tendon early in the preseason.

Teams can place one player per season on IR/designated for return. Those players can return to practice in six weeks and to games after eight weeks.

An eight-year veteran, Sullivan is making $7 million this season after signing an extension with the team last April. Giving him the IR/return designation opens up a roster spot the Vikings can fill before their Monday night season opener at San Francisco.

Veteran Joe Berger, who’s been with the Vikings since 2009, will likely replace Sullivan in the starting lineup.

Chargers TE Green being evaluated for possible concussion

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Chargers tight end Ladarius Green was being evaluated for a possible concussion Wednesday, four days before the already shorthanded Chargers open the season vs. the Lions.

Longtime top tight end Antonio Gates is serving a four-game suspension to start the season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Green, who’s entering his fourth season, has 36 catches over the last two seasons. He had three touchdown catches in 2013, flashing some of the potential that made him a fourth-round pick in 2012 and, the team thought, the heir apparent to Gates.

With Gates out the Chargers kept three tight ends on their initial roster: Green, David Johnson and Kyle Miller. Johnson has 23 career catches, just five in the last two seasons, while Miller’s only NFL regular-season appearance came in 2012.

Tight end Alex Bayer was signed to the Chargers’ practice squad after he was released by the Rams. If Green isn’t cleared for Sunday, Bayer could be promoted to the active roster.

Patriots place starting center on IR/designated for return

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The Patriots have placed starting center Bryan Stork on injured-reserve/designated for return, the team announced Wednesday.

Stork missed the entire preseason due to a concussion. A fourth-round pick in 2014, he moved into the starting lineup a little more than a month into last season and played well for a line that allowed Tom Brady to be sacked just 21 times all season.

The team announced Stork would miss Thursday night’s opener before announcing he’d been given the IR/return designation. He’ll be eligible to return to practice after six weeks and eligible to be activated in eight weeks, assuming he can pass the league’s concussion protocol.

Teams can place one player per season on IR/designated for return.

The Patriots list veteran Ryan Wendell as their backup center. Wendell didn’t participate in camp until Aug. 24 due to a shoulder injury, so Josh Kline and David Andrews could also be in the plans for Thursday night.