Stafford wears wrap on arm, says he’ll be “good to go”

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was wearing a large protective wrap on his right elbow Monday when the team’s locker room was open to reporters, but Stafford said he’ll be “good to go” next Sunday when the Lions play at Minnesota.

Though Stafford participated in the Lions’ limited Monday activities, he declined further comment.

Stafford finished Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Chargers wearing an elbow sleeve but did not start the game wearing one. He put on the sleeve after taking a hit while delivering a pass in the third quarter.

The Lions lost, 33-28, after leading 21-3. Stafford threw for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

McCown in concussion protocol; Manziel will prepare as starter

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Josh McCown is in the NFL concussion protocol, meaning the Browns will prepare as if Johnny Manziel will be their starting quarterback in Week Two vs. the Titans.

Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday he won’t rule McCown out but “even in an ideal situation where Josh would be back later in the week, we have to prepare [otherwise].”

Tuesday is the usual players’ day off, and the Browns will begin on-field preparations for the Titans Wednesday. Pettine said he’ll have a decision to make if McCown is cleared Thursday or Friday but he sounded as if that’s not a certainty, though McCown was at the Browns’ facility Monday morning watching film.

McCown was injured on the first drive of the season opener vs. the Jets while trying to extend the ball over the goal line on a scramble. Manziel played the rest of the way, throwing his first career touchdown pass in the second quarter and then leading a field goal drive, but Manziel turned the ball over three times and the Browns were shut out in the second half.

Manziel started two games last December. The Browns were shut out in the first and he was injured in the second quarter of the second. He’s shown improvement this season but missed the final two preseason games due to a sore elbow, and his first snap against the Jets was his first snap with the No. 1 offense this summer.

DeSean Jackson will miss 3-4 weeks

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DeSean Jackson was injured on the first play of the Redskins’ second offensive series Sunday, and it appears will be October before Jackson can return to action.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jackson suffered a strained hamstring that will keep him out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks. He was injured while running a deep route down the sideline, trying to make the kind of play that’s made him one of the NFL’s best deep threats. Jackson led the NFL with 13 catches of 40 yards or more last season.

Jackson seemed to know immediately that he suffered more than just a temporary pain; he threw his helmet in disgust as he returned to the sideline.

Pierre Garcon caught six passes vs. the Dolphins, and Andre Roberts caught three. With Jackson out, Ryan Grant and rookie Jamison Crowder should move up in the rotation.

Dez Bryant breaks bone in foot, likely to have surgery

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The Cowboys rallied for an improbable win over the Giants late Sunday night, but the team lost star wide receiver Dez Bryant to a broken bone in his foot in the fourth quarter.

“We want to be careful about making the entire judgment on it but Dez did break a bone,” Cowyboys coach Jason Garrett said in his postgame press conference. “We anticipate him having surgery. The initial diagnosis is he’ll be out 4-6 weeks.”

That 4-6 week target range is also what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters after the game, and Bryant tweeted that he’ll “be back soon.”

The injury didn’t stop Bryant from leaving the locker room in compression shorts to celebrate with and greet teammates. The video in this tweet contains adult language.

Bryant caught five passes for 48 yards in the Cowboys’ 27-26 win. The Cowboys play at Philadelphia next week.

Jets LB Mauldin remains hospitalized, does not have neck injury

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Jets rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin remains hospitalized after suffering a concussion in the second half of the Jets’ season opener vs. the Browns Sunday.

Per Bob Glauber of Newsday, Mauldin has feeling in his extremities and does not have a neck injury.

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 and placed on a spinal board before he was taken to a waiting ambulance.

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

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, early scans on Mauldin have come back clean.

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.