Report: Kayvon Thibodeaux getting second opinion from Dr. James Andrews

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The Giants received good news from edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux‘s MRI results Monday. His sprained MCL is expected to keep him out only about 3-4 weeks, giving him a chance to return in time for the season opener.

But Thibodeaux will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.

Fowler adds that “no major surprises are expected — second opinions are common practice for many players” with Andrews simply double-checking the injury.

The No. 5 overall pick injured his knee with 11:16 remaining until halftime Sunday night on a cut block by Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss. The cart came out to take him to the training room, but Thibodeaux waved it off and limped off the field and into the blue medical tent before heading into the training room.

He played 17 snaps against the Bengals and made one tackle.

Steelers cut five, including quarterback Chris Oladokun

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The Steelers began the day with four quarterbacks on their roster. They ended it with three.

Pittsburgh waived rookie Chris Oladokun, leaving Mitch Trubisky, Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph.

With their starting quarterback competition ongoing, the Steelers had no chance to give Oladokun many snaps even in training camp. He did not play in either of the team’s two preseason games.

The Steelers made Oladokun their final draft selection, picking him in the seventh round. He began his career at South Florida and finished it at South Dakota State with a stop at Samford in between.

The Steelers also announced they cut linebacker Genard Avery, receiver Christian Blake, running back Mataeo Durant and kicker Nick Sciba.

The Browns made Avery a fifth-round choice in 2018, and he has played 53 games in his career with the Browns and Eagles. He appeared in 16 games with 12 starts in Philadelphia last season.

Giants confirm Kayvon Thibodeaux has sprained MCL, crossing fingers for quick recovery


Giants coach Brian Daboll confirmed a report that the team received good news on Kayvon Thibodeaux‘s injured right knee. The No. 5 overall draft pick has a sprained MCL.

“Fingers crossed. Hopefully, his rehab goes well,” Daboll said.

Daboll would not confirm the reported prognosis of around a three-week recovery. The Giants open with the Titans on Sept. 11, which would seem to give Thibodeaux a chance to return in Week 1.

The Giants, though, will not rush Thibodeaux’s return.

“Yeah, I’d say it’s day to day, really,” Daboll said, via video from SNY TV. “I’m not forecasting when a player can come back or not come back. I know he’ll come in and get treatment. We’ll take it day by day and when he’s ready to go out there, that’s when we’ll put him out there.”

Thibodeaux injured his knee with 11:16 remaining until halftime Sunday night on a cut block by Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss. The cart came out to take him to the training room, but Thibodeaux waved it off and limped off the field and into the blue medical tent before heading into the training room.

He played 17 snaps against the Bengals and made one tackle.

Kayvon Thibodeaux on his knee injury: All good news

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The Giants are breathing a collective sigh of relief as edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux appears to have avoided major injury.

Thibodeaux left the stadium without assistance and without a limp Sunday night and said he was “all right,” via video from Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

“I’m good. I’ll be back. All good news,” Thibodeaux said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Still, coach Brian Daboll said Thibodeaux will undergo more medical testing Monday.

Thibodeaux injured his right knee with 11:16 remaining until halftime on a cut block by Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss. The cart came out to take him to the training room, but the fifth overall pick waved it off and limped off the field and into the blue medical tent before heading into the training room.

He finished with one tackle.

Kayvon Thibodeaux in training room getting knee checked out


Giants edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux was injured with 11:16 remaining until halftime Sunday night. Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss used a cut block on Thibodeaux on a running play, and Thibodeaux couldn’t get out of the way before taking a hit on his knee.

Thibodeaux immediately grabbed his right knee.

The cart came out to take him to the training room, but the fifth overall pick waved it off. He limped off and headed straight into the blue medical tent instead.

After a brief stay, Thibodeaux was walking on the team’s sideline and talking to teammates before heading into the training room for medical attention.

The Giants have ruled him out for the rest of the night.

He made one tackle.

The team also announced receiver C.J. Board won’t return with an injury to his ribs, and kicker Graham Gano is being evaluated for a concussion.

Has Kenny Pickett done enough to win the starting job?

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Kenny Pickett said he doesn’t think about his position on the Steelers’ depth chart. If that’s true, he’s the only one in Steelers Nation not thinking about it.

Pickett showed again that the lights aren’t too bright, and the stage isn’t too big in the NFL.

In two preseason games, the rookie is 19-of-22 for 171 yards and three touchdowns. It appears a given he will enter the season as at least the Steelers’ No. 2 quarterback, if not the starter.

Has he done enough to overtake Mitchell Trubisky?

“We’ll address depth chart-related things over the next couple of days as we zero in on our next opportunity,” Tomlin said, via NFL Media. “I don’t make knee-jerk reactions or statements following the performance.”

The starting job always was seen as Trubisky’s to lose, but no one saw Pickett doing what he’s done. Pickett looks the part of franchise quarterback and sooner than later.

He went 6-of-7 for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars’ first-team defense, perfectly executing another two-minute drill. He threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Benny Snell with 23 seconds left in the first half to complete a five-play, 63-yard touchdown drive that took only 42 seconds.

“It’s probably who he is,” Tomlin said of Pickett’s last-minute heroics. “I know he did it next door (at the University of Pittsburgh). He probably did it in high school. Some things people are born with.”

Tomlin had said he wanted Pickett to see more “varsity action” against the Jaguars, but after the touchdown throw, Tomlin had seen enough. Mason Rudolph replaced Pickett to open the third quarter.

Pickett played only two series.

“That was all I planned to play him,” Tomlin said. “I would’ve liked to have possessed the ball more in the first half and thus have a bigger body of work. Some things are outside of your control. We’ve got to get first downs for that to happen.

“It could be said that, for some of the offensive people that we wanted to take a look at, a lack of conversions limits some of that.”

Pickett did his part. Again. Now, it’s up to the Steelers when he becomes their QB1.

Jaquan Brisker undergoes hand surgery; Khalil Herbert carted off practice field

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Bears rookie safety Jaquan Brisker underwent surgery to repair a hand injury.

Coach Matt Eberflus said the team hopes Brisker can return in time for the season opener Sept. 11 against the 49ers.

We’re hopeful that he’ll be back,” Eberflus said, via Chris Emma of 670 The Score. “We’ll find out here shortly.”

Brisker injured his hand against the Chiefs last week, but the injury wasn’t diagnosed until a day later when he reported pain in his right thumb.

He did not practice this past week or play in Thursday’s preseason game against the Seahawks.

Brisker, a second-round selection, is expected to start for the Bears this season.

DeAndre Houston-Carson will fill in until Brisker returns.

Bears running back Khalil Herbert left practice Saturday on a cart, but Eberflus did not provide an update on his status.

Logan Bruss leaves with knee injury

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Rams offensive lineman Logan Bruss injured his knee in the second quarter of Friday’s preseason game against the Texans.

Bruss has a knee injury and will not return tonight.

He started at right guard for a second consecutive week but didn’t make it through the first half. Bruss walked off gingerly after being attended to by trainers.

Tremayne Anchrum Jr. moved over to right guard, and Chandler Brewer replaced Anchrum at left guard.

Bruss, the Rams’ first selection of the 2022 draft, is listed as Coleman Shelton‘s backup at right guard.

Matt Corral leaves with foot injury

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Panthers rookie quarterback Matt Corral was scheduled to play the second and fourth quarters with PJ Walker playing the first and third. But Corral made it through only two series in the fourth quarter.

Corral limped off the field, and he did not return with a left foot injury.

Walker returned to finish the game.

Corral had a rough night, going 9-of-15 for 58 yards. Two interceptions were dropped, and Corral took a sack. Last week, he went 1-for-9 for 11 yards.

Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold were among 30 players who sat out for the Panthers on Friday night.

UPDATE 10:35 P.M. ET: Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Corral had his foot stepped on and is undergoing X-rays. Corral left the locker room wearing a boot.

Report: Rookie Drew Ogletree will miss the season with a torn ACL

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Colts rookie tight end Drew Ogletree injured his knee in Wednesday’s practice, and coach Frank Reich expressed pessimism about the extent of the injury afterward. An MRI confirmed the bad news.

Ogletree tore an anterior cruciate ligament, ending his season, NFL Media reports.

“We’ll wait and see what the docs say,” Reich said. “It didn’t look good. Tough, tough guy, though. Just going up to him, he’s wanting to get himself off the sideline so the team can play. That’s a guy we want. We’re hoping for the best, but it looked like a pretty significant knee injury.”

The Colts selected Ogletree in the sixth round out of Youngstown State, and he made one catch for 5 yards in the preseason opener.

Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson and third-rounder Jelani Woods are atop the depth chart at the position in Indianapolis.

Malcolm Rodriguez practices with first team in joint practice

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Lions rookie linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez, one of the stars of Hard Knocks’ first two episodes, worked with the first team in a joint practice with the Colts on Wednesday.

The sixth-round selection has impressed coaches and veteran teammates with his study habits, technique and instincts, per Kyle Meinke of Rodriquez is outshining veterans Chris Board and Jarrad Davis as well as Derrick Barnes, a fifth-round pick in 2021, as he seeks to win a starting job alongside Alex Anzalone.

The Lions haven’t had a rookie drafted as late as Rodriguez win a starting job out of training camp since linebacker Dennis Gibson, an eighth-round selection in 1987.

“I mean if the coaches want me to start, I’ll start,” Rodriguez said after practice, via Meinke. “It’s not a big deal. It’s just one of those things where I’ll step in that role and just be that vocal leader out here.”

Linebackers coach Kelvin Sheppard praised Rodriguez during a recent film session in the meeting room, a scene shared on Hard Knocks. Sheppard admitted he was trying to find a reason not to play Rodriguez, while challenging the veteran players to keep him out of the lineup.

Rodriguez has earned the nickname “Rodrigo!” among the team, and fans have been chanting his nickname after seeing Hard Knocks. Rodriguez insists he isn’t letting the sudden attention or the promotion go to his head.

“I really just stick around my family,” Rodriguez said. “I just kind of listen to the family, go about my way and stay off social media. I just kind of stay to myself and have a small circle right around me.”

Ken Walker had a “procedure,” but Seahawks hope he’s back for season opener

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On Tuesday, Seahawks running back Ken Walker III missed practice with what Pete Carroll called “a little hernia thing.” A day later, Carroll announced Walker had a procedure but wouldn’t elaborate other than to specify that it’s not a hernia or a core muscle issue.

The Seahawks hope Walker can return for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Broncos.

Walker started in the preseason opener Saturday against the Steelers with Rashaad Penny out with a groin issue. Walker played 12 snaps and had five carries for 19 yards, one catch for 11 yards and a kickoff return for 22 yards.

The Seahawks drafted Walker 41st overall to pair with Penny, who returned to practice Tuesday.

Report: Dawson Deaton tore his ACL in Monday’s practice

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The Browns are hurting at center.

They lost starting center Nick Harris to a season-ending injury on the second play of the preseason opener. Three days later, rookie center Dawson Deaton was carted off the practice field with a knee injury.

An MRI confirmed Deaton tore an anterior cruciate ligament, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports.

The Browns, who are replacing JC Tretter, still have Ethan Pocic and Brock Hoffman at the position with Pocic expected to start.

Cleveland drafted Deaton in the seventh round out of Texas Tech. He started 35 games for the Red Raiders in his college career.

Drake London leaves with knee injury

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Falcons rookie receiver Drake London caught a 24-yard pass from Marcus Mariota on the opening drive, but he won’t see any more action against the Lions.

London left the game with a knee injury and will not return tonight, the Falcons announced.

London bounced up and ran off after safety DeShon Elliott tackled him, but the team’s medical staff was looking at London’s knee afterward.

London missed the final four games of USC’s 2021 season with a broken ankle but was fully healthy by the time the Falcons drafted him in the first round.

He caught 88 passes for 1,084 yards with seven touchdowns in 2021, leading the Pac-12 in receptions and was earning Pac-12 offensive player of the year despite not playing the full schedule.

The Falcons scored on their first drive, going 82 yards on 12 plays with Mariota running it in for a 6-yard touchdown. The Lions scored on both of their drives to take a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.

John Harbaugh disputes Tyler Linderbaum has Lisfranc injury

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh disputed a report that Tyler Linderbaum is dealing with a Lisfranc injury. Harbaugh said the rookie center has a soft-tissue injury in his foot.

“It’s a different ligament,” Harbaugh said Monday of Linderbaum’s injury, via Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun. “So he’s had the Lisfranc before. There’s no separation. There’s no Lisfranc sprain, per se. That’s my understanding. I’m not a doctor, but I play one in press conferences, as you know. But that’s what I was told.”

NFL Media reported Linderbaum was diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain, but Harbaugh said “it’s not a serious thing.” The Ravens expect Linderbaum to miss 1-2 weeks.

Linderbaum played through a Lisfranc injury at Iowa.

“We want it to be right and healed, so it’s going to take a little bit of time, but it’s not a Lisfranc,” Harbaugh said.

The Ravens are counting on Linderbaum, the No. 25 overall selection, to start at center for them this season.