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Chicago Bears might place Kyle Long on injured reserve foot injury


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long has a tendon injury in his right foot, and the team is deciding whether to put him on injured reserve.

Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday the three-time Pro Bowl lineman has a boot on his foot and is “week to week.” The Bears are still trying to figure out the “complete extent” of the injury.

Asked if Long has any broken bones, Nagy said, “I’m not going to get into the details of it.” But he added there are “some issues” with a tendon.

The Bears could place Long on IR with the intent to return in eight weeks if they don’t think he could be back sooner.

“Those are decisions we’re going through,” Nagy said. “We’re not there yet. We don’t need to be. Once we get to that point, then we’ll decide what we want to do.”

Long was hurt in the closing minutes of the Bears’ 24-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Tight end Dion Sims rolled into him while the two were blocking for Jordan Howard on a run.

The injury to Long leaves the NFC North-leading Bears (4-3) in a painful and familiar spot with him as they get ready to visit the Buffalo Bills (2-6). Chicago could also be without star pass rusher Khalil Mack (right ankle) and No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson (groin) again. The two missed the win over the Jets.

The 29-year-old Long made the Pro Bowl his first three seasons after being drafted in the first round in 2013. But he missed eight games in 2016 and six last season after playing in 47 of a possible 48 from 2013 to 2015.

Nagy again said the latest injury was not the same as the severe one to his right ankle in 2016 that required surgery. Long also had operations on his shoulder, elbow and neck after he was shut down last year.

“It’s tough to hear news like that — one of our brothers and other family going down,” quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. “We’re going to support him all the way and back him up and then it’s next-man-up mentality. We’ve got a lot of depth at the O-line. I feel really comfortable with where we’re at and who’s stepping in there.”

The Bears could move Eric Kush or rookie James Daniels from left guard, where they have shared time. Kush missed the game against the Jets because of a neck injury but is expected to play against Buffalo.

Another option at right guard is Bryan Witzmann. He signed with Chicago three weeks ago and made 13 starts last season for Kansas City while Nagy was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator.

One scenario that can apparently be ruled out is moving Cody Whitehair from center to guard, a position he has played. Nagy said the Bears haven’t considered that.

“It’s tough to see (Long) go down with the passion that he plays with,” Whitehair said. “We hope for the best for him. I know we’ve got the right guys that will step in for him and give their best.”

With Long out, the line loses not only one of its best blockers, but a team leader.

“He helps me a lot with technique stuff,” Daniels said. “He also (tells me) if there’s a certain look, just be alert for things like that. Both ways, it’s nice to have him around.”

Game notes: Nagy said the Bears will take a similar approach with Mack and Robinson, after both were held out of practice last week on Wednesday and Thursday and limited on Friday.



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Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin out 2-3 weeks with foot injury


COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers will be without the services of receiver Travis Benjamin for at least two more weeks, with the earliest he could return to the field being a Week 8 contest against the Tennessee Titans in London.

Benjamin was active last week against the San Francisco 49ers but only played five snaps after re-aggravating a foot injury that forced him to miss the previous two games against the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams.

Benjamin had a cast on his right foot and did not practice this week to promote healing.

“He’s a speed guy,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “It’s not like it’s a hamstring or an upper body injury, so he has to feel good about it before he gets out there. So we put him in the cast to take some of the pressure off his foot, just so he’s not trying to practice.”

Lynn went on to say that Benjamin has a heel injury and the team will let him rest for a few weeks.

Benjamin, 28, played in all 16 games for the Chargers last season, finishing with 34 receptions for 567 yards and four touchdowns. He has totaled just two receptions for 3 yards in one game this season — the opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also on the injury front for the Chargers, defensive end Joey Bosa and linebacker Kyzir White have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, while right tackle Joe Barksdale is doubtful and left tackle Russell Okung is questionable.

Bosa has a bruised left foot and is not expected back until after the team’s bye week against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9 at the earliest, while White had knee surgery earlier this week.

Lynn said Okung (groin), who was a limited participant in practice on Friday, will be a game-time decision.



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Greg Olsen of Carolina Panthers ‘way ahead of curve’ in recovery from broken foot


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen doesn’t have an exact timetable for his return from refracturing his right foot. But the three-time Pro Bowl selection is certain it will be sooner than last season, when he missed nine games.

“Yeah, I’m way ahead of the curve,” Olsen said Monday night at his HEARTest Yard yoga fundraiser on the team practice fields behind Bank of America Stadium. “Last year at two weeks I was laying in my bed in a cast. I couldn’t do anything.

“I’m way ahead of the curve from that standpoint. It’s just a matter of seeing each week how your foot responds and just try to add a little more, a little more. What that time frame is, we’re optimistic. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later.”

Olsen, 33, suffered the fracture in the first quarter of the opener against Dallas when he stepped on the foot of a defender while running a route. It was determined he would not have surgery as he did a year ago and would be evaluated on a monthly basis in terms of his return.

It will be almost a month on Oct. 7 when the Panthers (2-1) return from their bye to face the New York Giants.

“I’m doing good, feeling good,” said Olsen, who from 2014-16 became the first tight end in NFL history to have three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. “Obviously, the bye week came at a good time to be able to get a good week of work without stressing out about missing a game potentially.”

Olsen didn’t take part in the yoga event at which about 500 people paid $25 each to participate. But he moved around without a walking boot and no sign of a limp as he talked to participants.

Olsen and his wife, Kara, began hosting such events with Levine Children’s Hospital after one of their twins, T.J., was born with a congenital heart defect in 2012. While the time rehabbing the foot has given him more time to be involved with the fundraiser, he admittedly would “rather be playing” football.

Until Monday, he hadn’t discussed the injury with media.

“It’s frustrating,” Olsen said. “I went eight months of never missing an OTA, minicamp, training camp, preseason, never missed a day, never was sore. Felt great. Had probably my best offseason from a production standpoint, a physical standpoint, in years.

“You step funny and catch a guy’s foot … it’s frustrating.”

There was no frustration on this night as Olsen looked at the event’s backdrop, Bank of America Stadium.

“This is super cool,” he said. “When we approached the team [about using the practice fields] they said, ‘Of course.’ The Panthers have been great to our family with of our community events. So to be able to use the facility here and kind of tie it all in together has made it all easier.

“A cool experience for a lot of people who otherwise never would have come to the practice fields.”

Now Olsen can’t wait to return to the practice facility fields for something other than rehab.

“I feel good about where we’re at considering we’re two weeks into this thing,” Olsen said. “I’m just going to try to make the most of this season.”



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Greg Olsen of Carolina Panthers refractured right foot


Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen refractured his right foot in the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-8 season-opening win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The team said Tuesday that there are no plans for surgery for Olsen at this time, and he will be evaluated on a monthly basis.

Olsen first broke his foot in a year ago in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills. He had surgery for that fracture and missed nine games.

On Sunday, Olsen returned to the sideline in the second half on crutches and in a walking boot.

Olsen tweeted a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying in part, “To say I am disappointed in this development would be an understatement. I believe my greatest career achievement has been my ability to play every game for over a decade. Unfortunately, the last two seasons have not continued that trend.

“With that being said, we are optimistic this is not how my 2018 season will end.”

Also Tuesday, the Panthers announced that offensive tackle Daryl Williams injured his right knee during the game when a Cowboys player fell on him. Williams left the field in a golf cart with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Early in training camp, Williams suffered a torn MCL and dislocated his right patella.

Surgery is recommended for Williams, and the Panthers are expected to place him on injured reserve, a league source told ESPN. Amini Silatolu, who replaced Williams on Sunday, is expected to get the first shot at the job. Recently acquired Corey Robinson also could figure into the equation.

Olsen, 33, in April signed a two-year extension through the 2020 season. He was a late addition to the injury report on Saturday with a stiff back, but he was able to start.

Olsen, the first tight end in NFL history to have three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2014-16), had two catches for 33 yards before leaving the game.

Rookie tight end Ian Thomas will be first up to replace Olsen as the receiving tight end. Chris Manhertz is the only other tight end on the roster, so look for Carolina to add another player at that position.

Olsen, in an interview with ESPN during training camp, said he couldn’t imagine there being a more complete tight end to come out of the 2018 draft class than Thomas.

“Ian has all the traits to be a true NFL tight end,” Olsen said. “He’s strong enough. He can engage at the line of scrimmage. He’s smooth. He’s faster than you think he is. He catches the ball well. So I think Ian has a chance to have all the traits to be a complete guy.

“There’s a handful of them throughout the league that are asked to play every down. Ian is a guy that has those traits early.”

Coach Ron Rivera said on Monday that Thomas was “pretty well prepared” to step into Olsen’s role.

“There are some things, obviously, that he still has to learn, and he has a long way to go in terms of having the natural feel that Greg has and having that rapport Greg has,” Rivera said. “He’s been good with his blocking, he’s been good with his route running, he’s been good with his receiving. But he’s got to get better as a route runner, a blocker and a receiver. He’s a young guy. There’s a lot to his game he’s got to learn.”

ESPN’s David Newton contributed to this report.





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Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end, could miss 2-4 weeks due to bone bruise in foot


Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who already has been ruled out of Sunday’s season opener versus the Kansas City Chiefs, could miss two to four weeks while trying to recover from the bone bruise in his left foot that the team fears could be a fracture, according to league sources.



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Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end, expected to miss more time due to foot injury


Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who has been ruled out of the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, is expected to miss more than just Sunday’s game due to a lingering foot injury, sources said.



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Andrew Luck of Indianapolis Colts has minor foot injury


INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck did not practice Monday because of a “minor” foot injury suffered in Saturday’s preseason game against San Francisco, coach Frank Reich said.

Reich said Luck could practice Tuesday and would play if the Colts had a game on Sunday. They wrap up the preseason against Cincinnati on Thursday. It was previously determined that Luck would not play against the Bengals before he was injured.

Luck, according to Reich, suffered the injury when he scrambled for 15 yards before being caught from behind by 49ers linebacker Dekoda Watson in the second quarter. Luck threw a touchdown on the next play before sitting out the Colts’ final series of the first half.

Reich said he had no problem with Luck running on the play on which they believed he was injured.

“Really, once you look back at that play, you’re at the point of no return once you take it up inside,” Reich said. “If you’re going toward the boundary, that’s one thing — you can protect yourself. But once you kind of take it up the middle and there’s a guy chasing you from behind, you’re kind of committed to go finish that thing out. I think it was the right decision.”

Luck, who has missed 26 games over the past three seasons, including all of 2017 with a shoulder injury, played in the first three preseason games. He was 20-of-32 for 204 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception, and the offense scored 16 points with him on the field.

The Colts open the regular season against the Bengals on Sept. 9.



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Hayden Hurst of Baltimore Ravens out 3-4 weeks after procedure on foot


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst is expected to miss three to four weeks after having a procedure for a stress fracture in his foot, a source confirmed.

Hurst, the No. 25 overall pick in this year’s draft, was the first tight end selected. The news of Hurst’s injury, first reported by NFL Network, comes as a surprise, as he finished practice on Thursday.

It’s possible that Hurst could return for Week 3 against the Denver Broncos, meaning he would miss two regular-season games (home vs. Bills, at Bengals).

Hurst is the Ravens’ top pass-catching tight end and is replacing Benjamin Watson, last year’s leader in receptions for Baltimore, who signed with the New Orleans Saints in free agency.

With Hurst sidelined, the Ravens’ top two ends are Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams, both of whom are known for their blocking. Rookie third-round pick Mark Andrews can impact the passing game, but he has battled a hamstring injury all summer.

This is the most significant injury of the offseason for the Ravens. Before Hurst’s injury, every starter was expected to be healthy enough to start the regular season.



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Seattle Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic out 4-6 weeks with broken bone in foot


RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks because of a broken bone in his foot, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The source told Schefter that McKissic suffered a Jones fracture, which is on the outside of his foot.

McKissic has been competing with C.J. Prosise and Mike Davis for a roster spot in Seattle’s crowded backfield behind Chris Carson and first-round pick Rashaad Penny. He was considered to have a good shot at making the team because of his ability to also play receiver and return kicks.

Penny returned to practice Tuesday after having surgery last week on a broken finger. Coach Pete Carroll reiterated that Penny will be ready for Seattle’s Sept. 9 opener against the Broncos in Denver and said definitively that wide receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) will also be ready for that game.

Carroll said the status of defensive end Dion Jordan is still uncertain.

“We’ll hold out hope that maybe there’s a chance for the opener,” Carroll said of Jordan, who is on the physically unable to perform list because of a leg injury. “We’ll see. We don’t know that yet. That’s probably ahead of the schedule that the docs would say, but I know what he’s talking like. He’s going for it, and then we’ll make good decisions with the information when we get it.”

The 25-year-old McKissic took over as Seattle’s third-down back last season following an injury to Prosise and finished with 453 combined rushing and receiving yards. His 30-yard touchdown run in Week 4 was Seattle’s only rushing touchdown by a running back.



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Joey Bosa exits Los Angeles Chargers practice with foot injury


COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa suffered a left foot injury during the 11-on-11 team drills in practice on Tuesday.

Afterwards, Bosa hobbled off the field on his own and spent the rest of practice receiving treatment for the injury by the team’s training staff.

The No. 3 overall selection of the 2016 draft, Bosa led the Chargers in sacks last year with 12.5, and is one half of the Chargers’ talented pass-rush tandem that includes Melvin Ingram, who finished with 10.5 sacks last year.

Bosa played a full, 16-game season for the first time in his NFL career in 2017, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. The Ohio State product missed the first four games of his rookie season with a hamstring issue after sitting out of training camp due to a contract dispute.

The Chargers already lost two of their frontline players for the season due to injury, with tight end Hunter Henry suffering a right ACL knee injury in May and cornerback Jason Verrett sustaining an Achilles tear during a conditioning test before the start of training camp.



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