Justin Herbert remains unsure if he can play, may get painkilling shot in ribs

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Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert appears to be a true game-time decision for today’s game against the Jaguars.

Herbert is expected to go through pre-game warmups to determine if he can play through his rib injury, and he may need a painkilling shot to play, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Herbert became the Chargers’ starting quarterback in Week Two of 2020 when Tyrod Taylor, who had been the Chargers’ starter, suffered a punctured lung caused by a painkilling shot in his ribs just before the game. That has to be a concern for Herbert. (The doctor who punctured Taylor’s lung with a needle still works for the Chargers and is now being sued by Taylor.)

The betting line rapidly shifted from the Chargers favored by 7 points to the Chargers favored by 3 points on Friday, suggesting that bettors heard something that made them think Herbert won’t play. Officially, Herbert is questionable.

Ravens’ J.K. Dobbins expects to make season debut vs. Patriots

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Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins is ready to make his 2022 debut.

Dobbins, who missed the entire 2021 season with a torn ACL, expects to play tomorrow against the Patriots, according to multiple reports.

Kenyan Drake, Mike Davis, and Justice Hill have been playing at running back for the Ravens, but they haven’t been effective. Lamar Jackson has more rushing yards than all the Ravens’ running backs combined through two games.

The Ravens hope Dobbins can get the running game moving.

Josh Jacobs joined Raiders in Tennessee on Saturday

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Running back Josh Jacobs didn’t travel with the rest of the Raiders when they went to Tennessee on Friday, but he will be with them for Sunday’s game against the Titans.

Jacobs was left in Las Vegas after being listed as questionable to play this weekend. Jacobs the final two days of practice last week with an illness, but he’s feeling better because multiple reports say that he traveled to Nashville on his own Saturday.

He’s still listed as questionable, but having him take the trip to join the team would seem to be a good sign for his chances of being in the lineup for the matchup of winless teams.

Ameer Abdullah, Zahir White, Brandon Bolden, and Brittain Brown are the other backs for the Raiders.

David Bakhtiari expects to play vs. Buccaneers

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The Packers may finally be getting their left tackle back.

David Bakhtiari expects to play for Green Bay tomorrow at Tampa Bay, according to multiple reports.

The Packers made Bakhtiari the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history during the 2020 season, but he suffered a knee injury a month later that has been plaguing him ever since. That injury ended his 2020 season early, then he made just one brief appearance in 2021 and has missed the first two games of 2022.

In a big game against the Bucs on Sunday, it appears that Bakhtiari is finally ready to get back on the field. The Packers hope he’ll be able to pick up where he left off almost two years ago.

Chargers downgrade Donald Parham to doubtful, activate Richard Rodgers

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The Chargers originally listed tight end Donald Parham Jr. as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Parham has not played this season because of a hamstring injury.

The team downgraded Parham to doubtful on Saturday.

He was limited in practice all week.

With Parham not expected to play, the Chargers activated tight end Richard Rodgers from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.

Rodgers played nine offensive snaps in the first two games and has one target but no catches.

He originally entered the NFL as a third-round selection of the Packers in 2014 and has appeared in 90 career games with the Packers, Eagles and Chargers. Rodgers has totaled 147 receptions for 1,529 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Cardinals elevate Jace Whittaker, Andre Baccellia for Sunday’s game

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The Cardinals elevated cornerback Jace Whittaker from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Rams. It’s the third time in three weeks that the Cardinals have used a standard elevation on Whittaker.

That means the Cardinals will have to sign Whittaker to the 53-player roster if they want him to play in games after Sunday.

The Cardinals also called up receiver Andre Baccellia. He was active for the first two games while on the 53-player roster before being waived earlier this week.

Thus, this is the first time the Cardinals have used a standard elevation on Baccellia.

Baccellia made the first two catches of his NFL career last week in Las Vegas, gaining 12 yards. He played 19 offensive snaps.

Whittaker played 45 defensive snaps last week as a major part of the defensive plan, with a pass defensed and four tackles.

The Cardinals have players returning from injuries at both positions Sunday. Receiver Andy Isabella will play after missing last week with a back injury, and cornerback Trayvon Mullen will make his Cardinals’ debut after a preseason trade. Mullen missed the first two weeks recovering from toe surgery.

Bills place Micah Hyde on IR; sign Brandin Bryant, Prince Emili to active roster

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Micah Hyde‘s agent announced earlier in the day that the Pro Bowl safety will miss the rest of the season with a neck injury.

On Saturday afternoon, the Bills placed Hyde on injured reserve.

Hyde went to the hospital for observation Monday night after being hit in the head and neck area late in the third quarter. He was released later that night after undergoing medical tests.

The Bills announced the signings of defensive tackles Brandin Bryant and Prince Emili to the active roster from the practice squad.

The team also elevated cornerback Ja’Marcus Ingram and center Greg Mancz from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. They were standard elevations.

Kadarius Toney doubtful; Azeez Ojulari, Kayvon Thibodeaux questionable for Monday night

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The Giants list edge rushers Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and Azeez Ojulari (calf) as questionable for Monday Night Football against the Cowboys, but both appear on track to play.

Thibodeaux told Jordan Raanan of ESPN after Saturday’s practice that he expects to make his NFL debut this week.

Oh yeah, I’m playing,” Thibodeaux said.

Ojulari, who had eight sacks last season as a rookie, also expects to make his season debut.

“I’m good,” Ojulari said, via Raanan. “I’m excited, man. Ready to go. My first game.”

Both players were limited in Saturday’s practice.

“We’re moving in the right direction with those guys,” coach Brian Daboll said.

Receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee) did not practice Saturday and are doubtful.

The Giants ruled out defensive back Justin Layne (concussion), defensive back Nick McCloud (hamstring), defensive back Aaron Robinson (appendix) and receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (knee).

Micah Parsons has limited practice Saturday, questionable for Monday night

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Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons was limited in Saturday’s walkthrough practice after missing Thursday and Friday’s work with an illness. The Cowboys list him as questionable for Monday Night Football.

Parsons leads the NFL with four sacks, having recorded two in each of the first two games.

Receiver Michael Gallup (knee) is trending toward making his 2022 debut, even though he is questionable. He was a full participant in practice all week.

He tore his ACL in a Jan. 2 game against the Cardinals.

Tight end Dalton Schultz (knee) returned to a limited practice after missing the first two practices of the week. He is questionable.

Defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna (neck) also is questionable after being added to the practice report Friday. He was limited again Saturday.

The Cowboys ruled out quarterback Dak Prescott (right thumb), left guard Connor McGovern (ankle) and safety Jayron Kearse (knee).

Broncos hire assistant coach to advise Nathaniel Hackett on game management

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Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett has made several questionable game-management decisions in his first two games on the job, and now the team is trying to rectify the situation.

The Broncos have hired Jerry Rosburg with the title of senior assistant, and he will sit in the booth during games and advise Hackett on his decision making, according to Mike Klis of 9 News.

Rosburg spent the week in Denver and was working Broncos practices, but the hiring didn’t become finalized until Friday. Rosburg will be in the booth for Sunday night’s game against the 49ers.

Hackett is in his first year as a head coach and assembled a fairly inexperienced coaching staff, and questions have been raised about whether the staff is up to the task of making the optimal decisions during the high-pressure environment of games. Those questions were particularly pointed after the Broncos’ strange decision to run down the clock before attempting a 64-yard field goal at the end of their Week One loss to the Seahawks. In Week Two, Broncos fans became so frustrated with the team’s slow pace that they began counting down the seconds remaining on the play clock to try to help the offense avoid delay of game penalties.

The 66-year-old Rosburg last coached in Baltimore, spending 11 seasons with the Ravens from 2008 to 2018.

Marshon Lattimore, Leonard Fournette fined $13,367 each for Saints-Bucs brawl

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Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was the only player suspended for Sunday’s brawl between the Buccaneers and Saints, but he wasn’t the only player to face league discipline.

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette were each fined $13,367 for unnecessary roughness for their actions in the brawl.

Lattimore and Fournette were already going at it when Evans escalated things by sprinting to Lattimore and knocking him to the ground.

The incident started as verbal jawing between Tom Brady and Lattimore after Lattimore told the officials they should flag Brady for yelling at them over what he thought was a missed call, but Brady was not fined.

Former Giants RB Michael Cox wins $28.5 million verdict in medical malpractice case

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Former Giants running back Michael Cox has secured a gargantuan verdict in a case arising from allegations of medical malpractice in connection with surgery to repair an ankle injury that Cox suffered in December 2014.

Via the New York Post, Cox won $28.5 million against Dr. Dean Lorich and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Cox received $15.5 million for future pain and suffering, $12 million for lost earnings, and $1 million for past pain and suffering.

Lorich died a year after the lawsuit was filed, in what was ruled a suicide.

“The jury spoke with a clear and unambiguous voice that Mr. Cox received inadequate medical care and treatment and was significantly injured as a result,” Cox’s attorney, Jordan Merson, said, per the Post. “We are pleased with the jury’s decision.”

A lawyer representing the defendants promised to appeal, calling the verdict “inconsistent with the evidence in the case.”

Cox, a seventh-round pick in 2013 from Massachusetts, had 76 rushing yards in 18 career regular-season games. He also returned 31 kickoffs, averaging 22.5 yards per return.

Rams place receiver Van Jefferson on injured reserve

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The Rams, through the first two weeks of the regular season, kept injured receiver Van Jefferson on the active roster. The Rams have now made a roster move with Jefferson.

On Saturday, the Rams placed Jefferson on injured reserve.

Jefferson had “minor” knee surgery in early August. As of September 2, Jefferson had been making “good progress” in his recovery.

Eight days ago, coach Sean McVay said Jefferson is “making great progress.”

“Really looking forward to when we can get him back,” McVay said on September 16. “He looks physically great, but when they give us the thumbs up, he’ll be out there and he’ll be ready to roll.”

Jefferson now has officially gotten the thumbs down, at least for the next month. He can return from injured reserve after missing four games.

The Rams also signed defensive back Grant Haley to the active roster, and they elevated receiver  Jacob Harris from the practice squad to the active roster. Linebacker Keir Thomas has been added to the practice squad.

The Rams visit the Cardinals on Sunday.

Packers place Sammy Watkins on IR

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The Packers will be without receiver Sammy Watkins for at least four weeks.

Green Bay announced on Saturday that the club has placed Watkins on injured reserve.

Watkins is dealing with a hamstring injury. He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice but didn’t participate on Thursday or Friday and was ruled out for the Week Three matchup against Tampa Bay.

Watkins caught three passes for 93 yards in the victory over the Bears last week. He has six receptions on seven targets for 111 yards on the season.

The Packers have been dealing with multiple injuries in their receiving corps this week. Allen Lazard missed one practice and was limited in the two others but he is expected to play. Rookie Christian Watson (hamstring) didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday and is questionable. Randall Cobb (illness) didn’t practice all week and is questionable.

As a corresponding move for Watkins going on IR, the Packers signed running back Patrick Taylor to the 53-man roster off the practice squad. The club also elevated receiver Juwann Winfree to the roster for Sunday’s game.

Taylor Lewan out for season

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The Titans had already announced left tackle Taylor Lewan wouldn’t play in Sunday’s matchup against the Raiders.

But now it’s clear he won’t play again in 2022.

Lewan announced, via his Bussin’ with the Boys podcast, that he is out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in Monday night’s loss to the Bills.

The exact injury was undisclosed.

This is the second time in the last three years that Lewan has suffered a season-ending knee injury. He tore his ACL in 2020.

A first-round pick in 2014, Lewan has spent his entire career with the Titans. He’s appeared in 105 games with 100 starts.