NFL notebook: ‘No decision’ on Rodgers’ Week 2 availability

September 11, 2018

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday “no decision has been made” about whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to play Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.

“We’re still collecting all the information on his specific situation,” McCarthy told reporters. “I know Aaron wants to play and is always driven to play, but that’s all I have for right now.”

Rodgers said in his postgame interview Sunday night on NBC that he would play against the Vikings, against whom he broke his collarbone last year.

Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the second quarter of Sunday night’s opener against the Chicago Bears with a left knee injury, but he returned after halftime to lead a 20-point comeback victory, despite putting little weight on his left leg. He closed the game with four consecutive scoring drives, completing the largest fourth-quarter comeback (17 points) in franchise history.

–The Tennessee Titans placed three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker on injured reserve following an ankle injury sustained in Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Walker’s right ankle was fractured and dislocated when a defender rolled up his leg while making a tackle late in the fourth quarter. Walker, 34, was carted off the field, ending his 13th NFL season after tallying four catches for 52 yards.

Walker was named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons with the Titans, and he has missed just eight total games in the last 11 years. He set career highs in 2015 with 94 receptions for 1,088 yards.

–Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he would not have an update on the condition of tight end Greg Olsen, who left Sunday’s opener with a foot injury.

Rivera said the timing of his media session made it impossible to discuss injuries with the Panthers’ medical staff on Monday morning, but he said the Panthers are prepared to execute without Olsen if he is out any length of time.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly appears to have escaped a scare with his lower leg. Kuechly left the game in the second half but was able to walk around after a brief chat with trainers.

–New England Patriots running back Jeremy Hill’s first season with the team is over after one game.

Hill left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and multiple reports indicate he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee while in pursuit on a change of possession against the Houston Texans. Patriots fullback James Develin delivered an inadvertent shot to Hill’s knee as both pursued the ball after a turnover.

New England’s depth at running back would be suspect entering Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars unless rookie Sony Michel can return. Michel was inactive Sunday with a knee issue.

–Houston Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson could miss several weeks after being diagnosed with a concussion Sunday in his first game back from a head injury.

Johnson cleared concussion protocol in time to play at Foxborough in the season-opening loss to the New England Patriots.

Head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday that Johnson would likely miss significant time with a second concussion in less than four weeks. The Texans picked up the fifth-year option for 2019 on Johnson’s contract in April, assuring the former first-round pick just over $9 million next season.

–Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah might miss some time with an ankle injury sustained Sunday, head coach Hue Jackson told reporters.

Jackson said he believes Ogbah avoided a high-ankle sprain, but it’s unclear how long the 24-year-old will be out. Free agent signee Chris Smith is next in line for snaps opposite Myles Garrett.

A 2016 second-round pick, Ogbah missed six games last season with a broken foot. He played 27 snaps against the Steelers before leaving, assisting on one tackle.

–Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon is expected to “miss some time” with a knee injury sustained Sunday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Dixon, who missed all of 2017 with a torn meniscus, led the Ravens in carries (13) and rushing yards (44) while finding the end zone once in the Ravens’ 47-3 drubbing of the Bills, but he limped off in the final minutes.

A 2016 fourth-round pick, Dixon also missed four games as a rookie due to injury.

–Defensive end Steven Means signed with the Atlanta Falcons to fill the roster spot created when safety Keanu Neal was placed on injured reserve.

The Falcons also signed linebacker Corey Nelson — as Deion Jones is dealing with a foot injury — and safety Keith Tandy. Atlanta released cornerback Deante Burton and long snapper Jeff Overbaugh to make room.

Neal suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Sept. 6 season opener at Philadelphia. Means and Nelson were among the final players cut by the Eagles.

–The Dallas Cowboys signed guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, who worked out for the team last week, according to Su’a-Filo’s agent.

Su’a-Filo started 40 games over the last three seasons for the Texans, but signed a one-year deal with the Titans in free agency and didn’t make the team out of training camp.

The Cowboys need depth on the interior with center Travis Frederick out while battling Guillain-Barre syndrome. Parker Ehinger, who was acquired in late August from the Kansas City Chiefs, was placed on injured reserve last week.

–Washington Redskins wideouts Trey Quinn and Cam Sims each suffered high-ankle sprains in Sunday’s win, head coach Jay Gruden said.

Gruden said it’s unclear if either player will need surgery, but it appears both will be out for a significant stretch.

Quinn, the final pick of the 2018 draft, and Sims, an undrafted rookie, make up a third of Washington’s depth chart at the position and are key pieces on special teams. Quinn had two punt returns for 12 yards on Sunday and also played eight offensive snaps, going without a target.

–Former Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller joined the Philadelphia Eagles, as one of three wide receivers signed to the practice squad. Tight end Billy Brown was released from the practice squad.

Miller, a third-round pick in 2016, was converted from quarterback at Ohio State to slot receiver with Houston. The 25-year-old had nine starts in 21 career games with the Texans and caught 34 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns.

The Eagles are also hosting former Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman, according to multiple reports. Perriman battled injuries and was released by the Ravens, who selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft.

–Field Level Media

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