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Corey Liuget of Los Angeles Chargers done for season with knee injury


Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury, according to coach Anthony Lynn.

Liuget suffered a torn quad tendon in the first half of Sunday’s 23-22 loss to the Denver Broncos and did not return.

The Florida native had been playing well since returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. In five games this season he had 14 combined tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The Chargers already lost Denzel Perryman for the year with a knee injury, so losing Liuget is another blow to the Bolts’ ability to stop the run defensively.

Information from ESPN’s Eric D. Williams was used in this report.



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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 11 2018


NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league for Week 11.

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Detroit Lions place guard T.J. Lang on IR with neck injury


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have placed Pro Bowl right guard T.J. Lang on injured reserve after he suffered a neck injury against Minnesota on Nov. 4.

Lang missed last week’s game against Chicago with the injury and now, his season is over barring an unlikely playoff berth.

The 31-year-old signed with the Lions before the 2017 season from Green Bay as the team’s replacement for Larry Warford, who had departed for New Orleans. Detroit gave the Royal Oak, Michigan native a three-year, $28.5 million contract to come home, beating out offers from Seattle and the Packers in the process.

His first two seasons with the Lions did not go as planned. Lang was continuously injured. He started 13 games last season for the Lions, but dealt with a concussion and foot injuries. He started six games this season, but missed time with back, hip and neck injuries along with missing time due to a concussion. The concussion, suffered against Dallas, was the sixth of his career.

Lang also had surgery on his hip in 2017 before signing with the Lions.

Kenny Wiggins is likely to replace Lang in the lineup, like he has whenever Lang’s been out this season.

“We have a lot of confidence in all the guys we play,” offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said Tuesday. “I think Kenny Wiggins has done a really nice job stepping in, ready to roll. Like I said, the guys we put in out there are good football players. We have confidence in them, they’re good players.

T.J.’s a really good football player, there’s no doubt about that. But I like our guys, I think they’re out there competing, working really hard to do everything the best they can.”

It’s also possible Lang has played his final down with the Lions. He has no guaranteed money left on his contract and a cap hit of $11,666,668 million for 2019. The Lions would also owe him a $500,000 roster bonus if he’s on the team the fifth day of the new league year in March.

The Lions signed rookie cornerback Mike Ford to replace Lang on the 53-man roster. Ford will likely replace Lenzy Pipkins, who was waived by Detroit on Monday.



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Cooper Kupp of Los Angeles Rams suffers serious knee injury in win


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams are not optimistic about the prognosis of a knee injury suffered by receiver Cooper Kupp on Sunday in a 36-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

“I don’t think it’s good,” Rams coach Sean McVay said after the game. “We’ll get the MRI, but it doesn’t look good right now.”

Kupp suffered the injury in the fourth quarter, on a play away from the ball, when he was running a route, jostled a bit with the defender, then went to the ground and grabbed his knee. Kupp walked off the field with assistance from the training staff.

“He’s been a valuable piece of our team and a guy we’ll miss,” Jared Goff said.

Kupp has dealt with a series of injuries this season.

He was placed into concussion protocol during halftime of a Week 5 victory at Seattle, but was cleared to play the following week in Denver.

But in the first half against the Denver Broncos, Kupp was tackled by the horse collar and sprained his knee as he awkwardly went to the ground. He tried to play a series in the second half of that matchup, but was ultimately sidelined for two weeks.

A second-year pro, Kupp has played a pivotal part in the offense this season. He has caught 35 passes for 527 yards and 6 touchdowns.



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A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals WR, may not return from toe injury until December


CINCINNATI — It’s looking likely that Bengals wideout A.J. Green could be out until at least December with a toe injury, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Green avoided surgery on the toe he injured against the Buccaneers prior to the Bengals bye week, however, the initial prediction was that he would be out at least two games. An early December return would have him missing three games.

If Green returns at the beginning of December, he would miss games against the Saints, Ravens and Browns.

Green was in a walking boot on Friday, although he also took it off and walked around without it. He declined to speak to reporters until he makes his return.

Green leads the Bengals with 687 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. He is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Saints, which is his first game out since he tore his hamstring in 2016.



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Joe Flacco of Baltimore Ravens dealing with hip injury


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Quarterback Joe Flacco‘s hip injury has put his status in question for the Baltimore Ravens‘ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 18, a source confirmed to ESPN.

If Flacco is sidelined, rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson likely would make his first NFL start.

Flacco injured his hip in the opening series of Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. After the game, Flacco said the injury didn’t affect him.

The Ravens (4-5) have lost three straight games and are on their bye. A loss to the Bengals would significantly diminish Baltimore’s playoff chances.

Flacco has missed only six games in his 11-year NFL career.

The Athletic was the first to report news of Flacco’s uncertain status.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter contributed to this report.



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Inside Ryan Tannehill’s capsule injury and Dolphins’ optimistic return – Miami Dolphins Blog


DAVIE, Fla. — Ryan Tannehill’s right shoulder capsule injury has lingered longer than he or the Miami Dolphins had hoped.

Uncertainty has surrounded the injury, which will keep Tannehill out for his fifth consecutive game Sunday, and the Dolphins have a return date of Nov. 25 at Indianapolis in mind.

With the help of ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell and former San Diego Chargers team doctor and sports medical analyst David Chao, an orthopaedic surgeon, here’s an explanation of Tannehill’s injury. Is playing through it the right move? Is that return date realistic?

What’s Tannehill’s injury?

It has been diagnosed as a right shoulder capsule injury. Tannehill admitted he didn’t know what that was until the doctors told him. Many of us might share the same feeling. It’s not a part of the shoulder that commonly gets injured, such as the rotator cuff or AC joint.

Bell defines the capsule as “a fibrous tissue around the joint. It helps contain the bony elements of the joint and it provides stability.” The capsule, which connects the upper arm bone to the shoulder socket, can become overstretched or suffer a tear after repeated overhead activities or trauma.

In Tannehill’s case, it is likely the latter — more specifically, being hit by Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap from behind in the middle of his throwing motion during the teams’ Oct. 7 contest.

It doesn’t hurt Tannehill to walk around, but he said it does give him pain when he makes an overhead motion, such as throwing.

Is it smart to fight through it?

Tannehill spoke Wednesday about how frustrating mentally and physically it has been for him to deal with an injury as uncertain as this one. He’s a tough guy, and he’s been trying to play through something that hasn’t responded well.

When asked if the injury is better than it was a month ago, Tannehill initially responded: “it’s got to be” before saying that he felt it would be a “little better” when throwing again. There’s clearly still uncertainty.

He’s not throwing this week after coach Adam Gase said: “We haven’t had the jump that he was looking for. That’s why we’re kind of taking a step back and saying, ‘All right, let’s go [rest].’”

Tannehill added: “We’re resting again, trying to just get it to heal up because every time the arm goes through that motion, it stresses that capsule. That’s the goal right now is just to let that thing tighten back down, heal up and then get back into throwing during the bye.”

Tannehill’s words indicate that he has at least a partial tear of the capsule, Chao said.

The Dolphins’ treatment plan includes hours of Tannehill working to strengthen the muscles around the capsule, such as the rotator cuff, to lessen stress on the capsule. Then they simply have to wait.

“While the capsule has some potential to heal, it depends on the size and location of the tear,” Bell said. “There is potential for some capsular injuries to heal, but not necessarily all of them.”

Tannehill has accepted that he won’t be 100 percent this season. But he’s confident he’ll play again in 2018, and he hopes it is later this month.

“Yeah, I think it’s going to be playing through pain the rest of the year,” Tannehill said.

He’s convinced that once he can make all the NFL throws, he’ll be able to fight through the pain.

It’s an injury that Tannehill admits can be made worse, but most likely only if he’s hit by a defender in a similar manner to how he first injured it.

Chao agrees on the unpredictability of the injury and, after hearing Tannehill’s comments and looking at the timeline, believes that he isn’t close to coming back.

“It certainly concerns me that he’s in pain when he throws,” Chao said. “If his pain is from the capsule, the answer is no, he shouldn’t play through it. If the pain is something secondary that is not going to be made worse, then OK, maybe you can fight through it. But usually when it’s pain in your throwing shoulder, you can’t make all the throws, not even speaking to overcoming that pain.”

Tannehill joked that the best plan for recovery is the only thing he doesn’t have in the middle of a Dolphins playoff run: time.

“The throwing motion is so complex and quick. Imagine doing something and every time you do something, you get a sharp pain,” Bell said. “It’s reflective and prohibits your motion. It hurts, and your body tries to compensate around it. It affects your ability as a thrower even if you decide you’re going to play through it. It’s less about toughness and more a natural reflex.”

“I think it’s going to be playing through pain the rest of the year.”

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, on his shoulder injury

Is the Dolphins’ Nov. 25 return date realistic?

Tannehill says he’s “all in on Indy,” which is two-and-a-half weeks away.

The simple answer is that return date is possible, but it likely falls somewhere between ambitious and overly optimistic. December seems more likely than November at this point.

Tannehill admitted that he “wasn’t close” to making NFL throws this week.

“This injury is unpredictable. The recovery is unpredictable. There isn’t a defined timetable of X weeks. Without knowing the extent or location of capsular injury, it’s even tougher to narrow down,” Chao said. “You can’t count on anything. Even the doctors who are working on him, they don’t know for sure when he’ll play.”

One thing to watch is if Tannehill does get close to a return, will he change his throwing motion to compensate for the injury? He says the pain typically happens at an “overhead” position. So certainly this is a multilayered situation.

“There are a few possible scenarios,” Bell said. “One, that it’s too painful to throw and he’s never able to be functional again to throw this season and he can’t return. Scenario two is he comes back, takes a certain hit, falls a certain way or the consecutive throws become problematic enough that he’s not able to sustain for the rest of the season. And the third scenario is that he comes back and he’s fine. He’s uncomfortable, but he’s effective and serviceable for the remaining of the season.”

“Even if he’s able to finish out the rest of the season, he might not feel himself and could need an offseason procedure like a scope (arthroscopic surgery).”

Tannehill said he’s talked to multiple doctors and “no one said surgery.”

Typically, surgery is the last option for quarterbacks on their throwing shoulders. Both analysts said the Dolphins and Tannehill are taking the “sensible” plan in avoiding surgery right now.

Tannehill likely feels the pressure to get back on the field in what seems to be a defining season for him with the Dolphins franchise. He will miss his 25th of the Dolphins’ last 30 games on Sunday, and he still wants to prove his worth as Miami’s answer to its longstanding franchise quarterback question.



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Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Darren Sproles aggravates hamstring injury, according to sources


Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles aggravated his hamstring injury in practice Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sproles’ latest setback comes after coach Doug Pederson said he expected the running back to play Sunday in his first game since Week 1.

Sources said Sproles was highly disappointed by the injury recurrence, as were the Eagles.

Sproles hurt the hamstring in practice leading into Week 2 and has missed the past seven games.

The Eagles had hoped Sproles could resume punt-return duties and rejoin a backfield currently being led by Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. Philadelphia ranks 18th in rushing yards per game this season with 106.6.

DeAndre Carter had been returning punts in Sproles’ absence but was waived Tuesday and claimed by the Houston Texans on Wednesday.



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Status of Jacksonville Jaguars’ A.J. Bouye unclear after talk of injury


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It appears the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be without one of their top defensive players for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis — but they may be betting their top offensive player back, too.

Cornerback A.J. Bouye politely declined an interview request on Wednesday by saying he wasn’t going to play against the Colts because of his calf injury. Bouye was hurt against Houston on Oct. 20 and missed the Jaguars’ game against Philadelphia in London the following week.

However, coach Doug Marrone said “that’s news to me” when told of Bouye’s comment before the Jaguars hit the practice field.

“I guess I’ll have to talk to him about that,” Marrone said. “That’s not what the trainer told me. He did say that? OK, we will take care of that. That’s not been told to me by the trainer. That’s the truth.”

Bouye is tied for the team lead with five pass breakups and has one interception. He led the Jaguars with 18 pass breakups and six interceptions last season, which earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl and on the All-Pro second team.

Marrone did get some good news on Wednesday, though, because running back Leonard Fournette practiced fully for the first time since he aggravated his right hamstring injury in Week 4. Marrone did not say whether that meant Fournette would play against Indianapolis, but it’s clearly a good sign for the player around which the Jaguars built the offense.

Marrone said the team will not limit Fournette if he is able to play.

“We are full-boring everybody,” Marrone said. “Once a guy is ready to play, that has to be our expectation. I think you get into trouble when you put a player on the field and he is not able to live up to the expectation that you have for him meaning that all of a sudden now if something happens, it’s kind of like a built-in excuse. That’s the way I’ve always viewed it. I have always told players [if someone says], ‘I’m going to go out there, but I don’t feel like whatever …’ What does that mean? If they say, ‘I’m not 100 percent, I can’t do what’s expected of me.’ Well, then, I can’t put him on the field.”

Fournette originally hurt his right hamstring late in the first half of the season opener against the New York Giants and missed the next two games. He returned against the New York Jets in Week 4 and ran 11 times for 30 yards and caught one pass for 5 yards before aggravating the injury.



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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 10 2018


NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league for Week 10.

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