Anthony Barr, Everson Griffen back at practice; Dalvin Cook limited

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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook got dinged a couple of times in last Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals and he took it easy in practice on Wednesday as a result.

Cook was listed as a limited participant with an ankle injury, although he said that he actually suffered a couple of different injuries in the loss. More significanly, Cook said he’s good to go ahead of the team’s Week Three game against the Seahawks.

“The first one, I just had a stinger. It was kind of unusual,” Cook said, via the team’s website. “I’ve been playing football since I was 4, and that was my first stinger. It was kind of different for me. And then when I went down later, it was [my] ankle. So it was two different things, but I’m good.”

The group of limited participants in Vikings practice also included linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) and defensive end Everson Griffen (concussion). Both players sat out Week Two and were out of practice at the end of last week.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (back, shoulder), tackle Christian Darrisaw (groin), linebacker Eric Kendricks (hip), and cornerback Patrick Peterson (toe) were all limited as well on Wednesday.

Ben Roethlisberger, Diontae Johnson did not practice Wednesday

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Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday. That’s not unusual. The Steelers quarterback usually takes off Wednesdays on a Sunday game week.

But this time, Roethlsiberger was listed with an injury.

Coach Mike Tomlin revealed Tuesday that Roethlisberger injured his left pectoral muscle in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders.

Roethlisberger vowed Wednesday to do “everything” he can to play Sunday against the Bengals.

“Today is only Wednesday,” Roethlisberger said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN, “so we have a lot of time to get ready to go.”

Receiver Diontae Johnson (knee), tight end Eric Ebron (coaches decision), linebacker Alex Highsmith (groin) and defensive tackle Carlos Davis (knee) also missed practice. Cornerback Joe Haden (groin), pass rusher T.J. Watt (groin) and cornerback Justin Layne (Achilles) were limited.

Jets put B.J. Goodson on reserve/retired list

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Linebacker B.J. Goodson signed with the Jets last week and saw action in their loss to the Patriots, but he won’t be on the field against the Broncos this week.

The Jets announced on Wednesday that they have placed Goodson on the reserve/retired list. They’ll retain his rights, but Goodson won’t be playing as long as he remains on that list.

Goodson was a 2016 fourth-round pick of the Giants who played three years for the Jets’ co-tenant at MetLife Stadium before moving on to the Packers. He spent the 2020 season with the Browns and has 251 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and a sack in 67 career games.

C.J. Mosley, Jamien Sherwood, Quincy Williams, Hamsah Nasirildeen, and Del'Shawn Phillips are the linebackers currently on the active roster for the Jets.

Kyle Shanahan doesn’t “fully” rule out signing Frank Gore

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The 49ers have a running back problem with injuries taking a toll at the position.

They signed veteran Chris Thompson to the practice squad Wednesday after signing Jacques Patrick off the practice squad of the Bengals earlier this week.

Kyle Shanahan was asked about the possiblity of the 49ers signing one of their former running backs who spent 10 years with the team. Frank Gore, 38, began his career as a third-round choice of the 49ers in 2005. He played 15 games with the Jets in 2020 but has remained a free agent since March.

“I would never put anything past Frank,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday, via Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea. “If we gave him a little heads-up and some notice, he’ll always be ready. We thought it was a little early for that. Guys still have a chance of playing this week.

“(We) would never fully rule that out. Don’t know exactly where he is right now. There are a number of people in here who have a relationship with him. If that time ever comes when we need to do it, and he wants to do it, we would never rule it out.”

Gore, the league’s No. 3 all-time leading rusher, is pursuing a boxing career after 16 NFL seasons. His 16,000 rushing yards trail only Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726).

The 49ers have been hard hit at the position.

Raheem Mostert is done for the season with a knee injury, and Jeff Wilson Jr. (knee) isn’t expected to return until midseason. JaMycal Hasty (ankle) is headed to injured reserve. Rookie Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) sat out Wednesday’s practice, and rookie Trey Sermon (concussion) was limited.

The 49ers claimed running back Trenton Cannon off waivers from the Ravens last week, and he played one offensive snap in Week 2.

Justin Reid questionable, Danny Amendola out for Texans Thursday night

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Safety Justin Reid was listed as a non-participant in practice for the second straight day on Wednesday, but the Texans aren’t willing to rule him out of Thursday night’s game against the Panthers.

Reid has a knee injury and was listed as limited in practice on Monday’s estimated report, so he was downgraded over the course of the week. Reid has interceptions in each of the Texans’ first two games this season.

Eric Murray, Lonnie Johnson Jr., and Terrence Brooks are the other safeties on the 53-man roster.

As expected, the Texans ruled out wide receiver Danny Amendola with a thigh injury. Cornerback Terrance Mitchell (concussion) and quarterback Deshaun Watson (not injury related) are also out while linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee) joins Reid in the questionable category.

Panthers rule Yetur Gross-Matos out for Thursday

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It never looked like defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos would be in the lineup for the Panthers this week and his status became official on Wednesday.

The Panthers have ruled Gross-Matos out for their game against the Texans. An ankle injury is the reason why Gross-Matos will miss his first game of the season.

Defensive end Morgan Fox also appeared on the injury report this week and was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday with an ankle injury. He has not received an injury designation for the game, however, and that puts him on track to play against Houston.

No other Panthers received injury designations for this week, but rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn was added to the injury report on Wednesday as a full participant with a back injury.

Broncos place Bradley Chubb on IR, sign Damarea Crockett, Micah Kiser

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The Broncos won’t have outside linebacker Bradley Chubb for some time after he underwent ankle surgery Wednesday. The best-case scenario is 6-8 weeks.

The Broncos, therefore, placed Chubb on the injured reserve list.

Because of the bone spur in his left ankle, Chubb was inactive in Week 1 and played only 19 snaps Sunday. The Broncos now await his return to health after surgery.

Denver signed running back Damarea Crockett and inside linebacker Micah Kiser to the active roster. The team also signed outside linebacker Pita Taumoepenu to its practice squad.

Crockett is a first-year player from the University of Missouri. He appeared in his first two career games, totaling 28 special-teams snaps, in 2021 as a standard elevation from Denver’s practice squad.

Crockett originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, signing with Houston in 2019. He joined the Broncos’ practice squad last Oct. 22 after stints on the practice squads of the Raiders and Packers.

Kiser is a fourth-year player from the University of Virginia who started the first nine games of the 2020 season for the Rams. He totaled a team-leading 77 tackles before a season-ending injury.

Kiser, selected in the fifth round of the 2018 draft by the Rams, has played 26 career games with nine starts and has totaled three passes defensed, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble.

Taumoepenu is a fourth-year player from the University of Utah who was with the Broncos in training camp. The 49ers made him a sixth-round selection in 2017, and Taumoepenu played six games with the 49ers from 2017-18 before appearing in one game with Atlanta in 2020.

Jon Gruden: Derek Carr is “good to go”

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On Monday, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden called Derek Carr “questionable” to start the week with an ankle injury.

But there’s apparently no remaining issue with the quarterback, as Carr was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

He’s good to go,” Gruden said, via Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Carr is currently leading the league in passing by a significant margin. He has 817 yards — 128 more than Arizona’s Kyler Murray, who ranks second with 689. Carr has four passing touchdowns to one interception, as the Raiders have started the season 2-0.

While Gruden told reporters right tackle Alex Leatherwood (back) was also a full participant in practice, left guard Richie Incognito (calf) and running back Josh Jacobs (ankle/toe) did not participate in the session. Neither Incognito nor Jacobs were able to play in Week Two.

Carr will be the only starting quarterback on the field for Sunday’s Week Three matchup with Miami. Earlier on Wednesday, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said Tua Tagovailoa won’t play after the quarterback suffered fractured ribs against the Bills in Week two.

49ers sign Chris Thompson to practice squad

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The 49ers added one running back to the active roster this week when they signed Jacques Patrick off of the Bengals practice squad.

On Wednesday, they added another one to their practice squad. The team announced the signing of veteran back Chris Thompson.

Thompson was a 2013 fifth-round pick in Washington and spent seven seasons with the team before moving on to Jacksonville last year. Thompson has 257 carries for 1,214 yards, 232 catches for 1,918 yards, and 16 total touchdowns over the course of his career.

The 49ers saw Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon, and JaMycal Hasty get hurt during last Sunday’s win over the Eagles. Hasty is expected to be out for a while.

In addition to signing Thompson, the 49ers also signed defensive lineman Eddie Yarborough to the practice squad. Jordan Matthews, who is trying to transition from wide receiver to tight end, was cut from the practice squad.

Cowboys place Keanu Neal on COVID-19 list

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The Cowboys had three players on the COVID-19 list for the season opener and starting defensive end Randy Gregory missed Week 2 after testing positive.

Now, the Cowboys could play without linebacker Keanu Neal on Monday against the Eagles.

The Cowboys placed Neal on the COVID-19 reserve list Wednesday, the team announced.

All-Pro right guard Zack Martin, backup offensive lineman Brandon Knight and backup receiver Noah Brown missed the team’s loss to the Bucs on the COVID-19 list.

Todd Archer of ESPN reports that Neal is unvaccinated and was deemed a high-risk close contact. Neal will have to sit out five days and continue to test negative to be eligible to play against the Eagles.

Neal played 50 snaps the first week and 51 the second. He also has seven special teams snaps.

Neal has nine tackles.

The Cowboys are deep at linebacker with Jaylon Smith, Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, Jabril Cox and Luke Gifford.

Jesse Davis: When you see the QB go down and it’s your fault, it’s a bad deal

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Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa didn’t play for very long in Sunday’s 35-0 loss to the Bills, injuring his ribs at the end of Miami’s second series.

But he was hit several times and sacked twice in nine snaps. Of course, the last hit was knocked him out for the rest of the game and at least Week Three came from edge rusher A.J. Epenesa. Jesse Davis, playing right tackle, got beaten on the play by Epenesa.

“I felt pretty bad,” Davis said Wednesday, via Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN. “Anytime you see the quarterback go down and it’s your fault, it’s a bad deal.”

It probably didn’t make Davis feel any better when Tagovailoa was ruled out for this week’s game with the Raiders with fractured ribs. Jacoby Brissett will make his first start for the Dolphins in Tagovailoa’s place.

Davis himself had to exit Sunday’s game with a knee injury, but told reporters that he’s been feeling better.

Ronnie Stanley, Alejandro Villanueva not practicing for Ravens

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The Ravens didn’t have left tackle Ronnie Stanley in last Sunday night’s 36-35 win over the Chiefs and their practice week got underway without him on Wednesday.

Stanley is dealing with an ankle injury and was one of seven players not on the field during the open portion of Wednesday’s practice. Stanley broke his ankle last season, but was able to return to the lineup for the season opener.

Alejandro Villanueva started on Stanley’s place against Kansas City, but he was also missing from the practice field as the team prepared to face the Lions.

Cornerback Tavon Young, safety DeShon Elliott, linebacker Justin Houston, defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, and defensive lineman Brandon Williams were the other Ravens who weren’t on the practice field.

Devin Hester, DeMarcus Ware, Andre Johnson among first-year eligible Hall nominees

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame released the list of modern-era candidates for the Class of 2022. Among the 122 nominees are 10 first-year eligible players.

Those on the ballot for the first time are wide receivers Anquan Boldin, Devin Hester (also PR/KR), Andre Johnson and Steve Smith; offensive linemen Jake Long and Nick Mangold; edge rusher DeMarcus Ware; defensive linemen Robert Mathis and Vince Wilfork; and defensive back Antonio Cromartie.

The nominees list consists of 65 offensive players, 46 defensive players and 11 special teams players.

The selection committee will reduce the list of modern-era nominees to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January. The final vote will happen sometime before Super Bowl LVI.

The 49 selectors will consider McNally, senior candidate Cliff Branch and coach Dick Vermeil in addition to the 15 modern-era finalists. The Class of 2022 will have between four and eight members.

Vikings place Harrison Hand on COVID-19 reserve list

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The Vikings will be without cornerback Harrison Hand for a while.

The team announced that Hand has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. The reason why he was placed on the list is unknown, but will determine how long he’ll be out.

If Hand tested positive and is vaccinated, he’ll be able to return if he’s asymptomatic and has two negative tests 24 hours apart. If that doesn’t happen or if he’s unvaccinated with a positive test, he’ll be out 10 days and he will be out five days if he’s on the list as an unvaccinated close contact of someone who tested positive.

Hand had two tackles on 22 special teams snaps in the opener and missed Week Two with a hamstring injury.

Vic Fangio: Urban Meyer told me every week in the NFL is like playing Alabama

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Urban Meyer went 186-32 as a college head coach, giving him an .853 winning percentage that was the best of any in major college football coach whose career started after World War II. But in the NFL, Meyer’s winning percentage is .000.

Meyer, who fell to 0-2 as Jaguars head coach with a loss to the Broncos on Sunday, is finding that the level of competition is a whole lot higher at the next level. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said today that Meyer told him on Sunday that every game in the NFL is a tough one.

“This is the NFL. I don’t know Urban Meyer at all, really, I met him the other day, shook his hand before the game and after the game. And his comment to me was, ‘Every week is like playing Alabama in the NFL.’ That’s it. Everybody’s capable of beating everybody in this league,” Fangio said, via Troy Renck of Denver 7.

In his seven years at Ohio State, Meyer never lost more than two games in any season. With his Jaguars a 7.5-point underdog against the Cardinals, he may lose his third game of the season on Sunday.