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Chargers’ Melvin Gordon, Joey Bosa not ruled out for Seahawks – Los Angeles Chargers Blog


COSTA MESA, Calif. — Returning from the team’s bye week, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn would not rule out two frontline players for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Lynn said it remains possible that defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Melvin Gordon could make it onto the field at Seattle.

Bosa has missed the first seven games of the year due to a bruised left foot he suffered Aug. 7 during the opening week of training camp.

He hasn’t practiced since re-aggravating the foot injury in the lead-up to the Bolts’ season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs in September and seems unlikely to play against the Seahawks.

“I don’t want to rule him out,” Lynn said about Bosa. “I think earlier in the year, I was comfortable with doing that. But now he’s getting closer, so I don’t want to rule him out right now. So we’ll just kind of wait and see where he’s at.”

Bosa finally got the news that he needed last week — the occasional pain and discomfort that he felt after workouts was not a warning sign, but a normal part of his recovery from a sprained foot that has kept him off the field so far this season.

Armed with that new information and buoyed by reports that the injury improved from his latest MRI, Bosa is full steam ahead on his rehab.

Bosa said he worked out for the first time in cleats Monday and feels optimistic he can practice with his teammates in the next few weeks, although no timetable has been established for his return.

“The second my foot is ready to practice on a Wednesday, I will play that week,” Bosa said. “Whether it’d be next week or two weeks from now, I’m feeling very confident with the way it’s progressing, that I’m going to be out there in the next few weeks ready to go. Whether that’d be next week, or two weeks, three weeks, four weeks — whatever — five weeks, I’m feeling confident that surgery is going to be avoided, which is the main goal.

“Once you have a screw in your foot it’s really not the same after. To be the best asset to my team and myself the rest of my career it’s really important to take this slowly and do it the right way.”

While the Chargers traveled to Cleveland to take on the Browns and then the following week to London where they faced the Tennessee Titans, Bosa stayed back in Southern California working at the team facility.

Bosa said the training was a slow process that began with walking and toe raises and eventually escalated to running in a straight line.

The breakthrough for Bosa was the realization that pain and discomfort in his injured foot wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something he would have to work through as he rehabbed the injury.

“Just got a clear and concise message, ‘Yeah, this is going to hurt. Yeah, you’re going to have to deal with pain — just keep pushing through,'” Bosa said. “Ever since we got that message it’s been actually a fun progression where I’ve actually been coming out and moving forward every single day.”

While Bosa appears to be a few weeks away from playing, the odds look better for Gordon returning to action on Sunday. The Wisconsin product was a late scratch a week ago due to a hamstring issue before the game in London — his first missed game of the season.

Lynn said Gordon will practice in some capacity Wednesday.

“The week off really helped Melvin,” Lynn said. “He ran well last week. He’s going to do some things this week, and we’ll see where he’s at. But hamstrings can be tricky, so you don’t want to rush those.”

Lynn said the players would go through a walk-through on Monday after taking off last week.



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New York Giants MLB Alec Ogletree ruled out with hamstring injury


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants defense will have a vastly different look when it takes the field on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Starting middle linebacker and defensive captain Alec Ogletree was ruled out Friday because of a hamstring injury. This comes on the heels of the Giants trading defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions and cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints earlier this week.

It leaves the 18th-ranked defense with three new starters Sunday for their NFC East matchup with the first-place Redskins. Tae Davis is likely to replace Ogletree in the starting lineup to play alongside B.J. Goodson, who will have the headset in his helmet and be charged with getting the Giants lined up correctly. Nate Stupar is also expected to receive some playing time at inside linebacker in what coach Pat Shurmur called a “job share.”

Goodson’s role will expand. He’s played 42 percent of the defensive snaps this season. Ogletree has been on the field for 437 of 438 plays.

“B.J. will be in there much more than he has been,” Shurmur said. “He’s done it before, so we’re confident that he’s going to do a good job.”

Davis is an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He’s not the only undrafted rookie who will see more playing time as a result of the recent trades. Rookie defensive backs Grant Haley and Sean Chandler will see time in the slot with veteran B.W. Webb as the starting cornerback on the outside in place of Apple.

Second-year defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson slides into the starting nose tackle role left vacant by the trade of Harrison. Kerry Wynn, Josh Mauro and Mario Edwards will see increased playing time at defensive end with Tomlinson making the change.

Ogletree injured his hamstring in Monday night’s 20-12 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He didn’t practice at all this week.

The veteran middle linebacker started all seven games for the Giants this season. He’s second on the team with 48 total tackles. He’s tied for second on the team with three tackles for a loss.

Harrison led the Giants with four tackles for a loss.



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Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out with hip injury


CINCINNATI — Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a hip injury.

Burfict appeared to injure his hip late in the third quarter of the Bengals’ loss to the Chiefs last Sunday and immediately went to the locker room. He did not return and was quickly ruled out.

Burfict has played in only three games this season. He missed the first four games of the season while surviving a suspension for a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. He has not played a full season since 2013 due to injuries and suspensions.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Burfict since his return. He was fined $112,000 by the NFL for two plays against the Steelers that the league defined as unnecessary roughness. He also missed several tackles in the blowout loss to the Chiefs.

“He hasn’t played as well as he has in the past,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on Wednesday.

Lewis declined any followup questions on Burfict.

“I don’t want to talk about Vontaze. It’s not relevant,” he said.

The Bengals will also be without linebacker Nick Vigil, running back Giovani Bernard, wide receiver John Ross, cornerback Darqueze Dennard and tight end Tyler Kroft this weekend. Burfict will likely be replaced by Hardy Nickerson or Vincent Rey.



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Will Fuller, Houston Texans wide receiver, ruled out with knee injury


HOUSTON — Wide receiver Will Fuller left the Houston Texans‘ game Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins because of a knee injury.

Fuller injured his knee midway through the fourth quarter while attempting to catch a deep pass from Deshaun Watson in the end zone. He was checked out on the field but was able to walk off under his own power.

Fuller left the game with five catches for 124 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Fuller easily beat his defender across the middle and down the right sideline, trotting the final five yards into the end zone. The pass was the longest touchdown of both Watson’s and Fuller’s careers. The pair have now connected for 11 touchdowns in 11 games played together.

The receiver missed a game earlier this season because of a hamstring injury.

After the game, coach Bill O’Brien said he didn’t have an update on Fuller’s status. “We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.



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Sony Michel of New England Patriots ruled out vs. Chicago Bears


CHICAGO — New England Patriots running back Sony Michel was carted to the locker room after injuring his knee early in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

After initially announcing that Michel’s return was questionable, the team ruled him out for the game in the third quarter.

Michel was running left when Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols twisted him to the ground with force, dislodging the ball.

A first-round draft choice out of Georgia, selected No. 31 overall, Michel appeared to be in considerable pain and required help getting to the sideline. After receiving help getting to the medical tent along the sideline, the club called for a cart to bring Michel to the locker room.

Michel, who has on the injury report as a limited participant in practice because of a knee injury, had elevated to a leading role in recent weeks with running backs Rex Burkhead (concussion, eligible to return) and Jeremy Hill (torn ACL, out for the year) on injured reserve.

Michel had missed all four of the team’s preseason games and the regular-season opener after undergoing a procedure to drain fluid from his knee.

His absence Sunday left the Patriots with just James White and Kenjon Barner at running back. If Michel’s absence is a long-term situation, it will likely force the Patriots into exploring the possibility of signing another player at the position.



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Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill ruled out for game against Detroit Lions


DAVIE, Fla. – Ryan Tannehill has been ruled out Sunday versus the Detroit Lions as an investigation was opened into how the Dolphins reported his shoulder injury, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Brock Osweiler, who threw for a career-high 380 yards in a 31-28 win over the Bears, will start for the second consecutive week. Adam Gase said he’s not sure yet if Tannehill will be able to go next Thursday at Houston.

“He just can’t throw,” Gase said.

Tannehill participated in practice on a limited basis Wednesday. He worked on footwork, handed the football off with his right arm, but he did not throw in any capacity during the open viewing period. The Dolphins have plans to make sure he’s healthy and ready to react to the stresses of throwing before putting him back out there.

Rest has been the recovery recommendation for Tannehill. Gase needs to see him make all the throws and feel comfortable about that before he’s ready to play.

Gase said he’s “not sure” whether Tannehill faces a long-term injury, but the coach has complete confidence that the 30-year-old quarterback will play again in 2018. When asked about Tannehill’s situation, Gase quickly interjected, “Yes, he will be the starter” again when he’s healthy.

As far as the NFL’s investigation, this is common with prominent players, especially starting quarterbacks, and will involve gathering the details of how Tannehill went from full practice participant on Wednesday and Thursday, limited participant on Friday to out on Sunday, and making sure Miami adhered to the league policy.

Tannehill was made a surprise scratch for Sunday’s game vs. Chicago Bears after the Dolphins say his right shoulder injury got “progressively worse” throughout the week. He was listed as questionable on Friday.

Gase said that he believes Tannehill injured his right shoulder on a fourth quarter sack-fumble by Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap in a Week 5 loss at Cincinnati. On the play, Tannehill’s arm is hit awkwardly from behind before he completed his throwing motion and he was down on the ground for a few moments after the play.

Few thought much of the injury because Tannehill was listed as a full practice participant on Wednesday and Thursday. Gase later said that backup QB Brock Osweiler took a few snaps with the first-team on Thursday when Tannehill’s injury worsened.

“It was such an unusual situation,” Gase said. “Last week, we started the week and he was sore, but it got worse as the week went on. That’s why we found ourselves in a position that we weren’t really thinking we were going to be in.

“Anytime he’s been banged up or some kind of injury, he’s always progressed positively. That’s why we thought we would get the same thing. That didn’t happen. That’s why we waited until the last minute.”

The Miami Herald was the first to report this investigation.



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Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb ruled out for Lions game


GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are taking the long view on Randall Cobb, but there’s a chance they’ll have at least one — if not two — of their three starting receivers for Sunday’s game at Detroit.

Cobb will miss his second straight game because of the hamstring injury he sustained in practice on Sept. 30, but Davante Adams will practice on Saturday and if all goes well he should play against the Lions.

The short workout before the team departs for Detroit will be Adams’ first time on the field since he dropped out of Wednesday’s practice with a calf injury.

Meanwhile, Geronimo Allison has made some progress through the concussion protocol and head coach Mike McCarthy said “there’s hope for Geronimo.” Allison was knocked out of last Sunday’s win over the Bills with a concussion in the second half.

Adams, Allison and Cobb have combined for 64 catches, 768 yards and six touchdowns — or 62.1 percent of the team’s receptions, 64.8 percent of the receiving yards and all but one of Aaron Rodgers‘ touchdown passes.

“I think we’ve still got some progress to make before I think both sides would be comfortable,” Cobb said Thursday. “It’s a long season and we’re on Game 5, but at the same time, it’s a short season, and we’re on Game 5. So it’s trying to balance both of those. If something was to happen and I reinjure the same hamstring, it’s going to put me out for double the time. So it’s trying to be smart on both sides of it, which I struggle with because I play through emotion.”

If all three were out, the Packers would be down to their three rookie receivers.

Of the three, only fifth-round pick Marquez Valdes-Scantling has caught a pass (two for 41 yards, including a 38-yarder against the Bills) this season.

Fifth-round pick J’Mon Moore played his first snaps from scrimmage last week against the Bills and did not have a ball thrown his way. He battled drop issues during the preseason.

Sixth-round pick Equanimeous St. Brown has played only special teams this season.

The Packers added a receiver, former fifth-round pick DeAngelo Yancey, to their practice squad on Thursday and have until the end of Saturday to add him to the roster in order to play him on Sunday.

“They’ve all got talent, they’ve all come a long way and at some point you have to find out a little bit more about exactly what you have,” Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said of the three rookies. “Quez did some good things, obviously made a big play in the game the other day and started to emerge on special teams. J’Mon is continuing to get better and better. EQ was up for the game. They’re a good group. We’ll just see how the rest of the week unfolds.”



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Patrick Chung, Trey Flowers of New England Patriots ruled out with concussions


DETROIT — The New England Patriots will be without two key defensive starters for Sunday night’s road game against the Detroit Lions, as they downgraded safety Patrick Chung and defensive end Trey Flowers to out due to concussions.

Both players were knocked out of last Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and hadn’t practiced all week, so their absence was expected.



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RB Dalvin Cook, DE Everson Griffen ruled out for Minnesota Vikings


EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end Everson Griffen have officially been ruled out for Sunday’s home game against the Buffalo Bills, coach Mike Zimmer announced Friday.

Cook, who sustained a hamstring injury during overtime of Minnesota’s 29-29 tie in Green Bay, did not practice this week. Latavius Murray, who rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries against the Packers last week, is expected to start in place of Cook.

Behind Murray, the Vikings will turn to either Mike Boone or Roc Thomas — two undrafted free agents who were inactive during the first two games. Boone, who was a full participant in practice Friday, was added to the injury report with a groin injury and is listed as questionable.

While Cook rehabbed throughout the spring offseason, Boone split reps with Murray. Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo tapped into Boone’s background as a receiver by utilizing him in the slot and lined up outside throughout the preseason where he caught 10 passes for 88 yards.

Minnesota is averaging 92 yards per game from its running backs and has yet to score a rushing touchdown. A promising sign this week? Buffalo’s defense has given up 138 yards and two rushing touchdowns to backup running backs in its first two losses.

The Vikings also ruled Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen (knee), tight end David Morgan (knee) and cornerback Marcus Sherels (ribs) out for Week 3. Griffen was not present at practice throughout the week, although Zimmer said “I don’t think so” when asked if there was any concern.

Third-year pass-rusher Stephen Weatherly is eyeing his first career start Sunday, which may come on the left side with the expected move of Danielle Hunter over to right defensive end to fill in for Griffen. Weatherly noted the two DEs are able to make the decision to switch sides while on the field depending upon what they’re expecting the offense to do.

“Whenever I’m out there with D, whatever side he feels like he needs to be on to best execute, or if he feels like he’s in a groove at one particular tackle during the game, he’ll just say he’s going to that side, and I’ll just play the opposite side,” Weatherly said.

After spending the entire preseason on the PUP list while rehabbing from ankle and shoulder surgery, second-year center Pat Elflein will play Sunday.

Coach Mike Zimmer noted that while Elflein will not start, there is a plan for him to see the field in Week 3. Elflein has been taking reps solely at center during his first week as a full participant in practice.

Elflein said he, Kirk Cousins and center Brett Jones have been working together on their calls and communication. Although he just started being able to take snaps from his quarterback, Elflein believes the work he’s put in with Cousins in offensive meetings should carry over to the game.

“We’re all in the same meetings together, so one big part that I focus on when I can’t physically be out there is mentally being engaged and being a part of everything and being a student of the game,” Elflein said. “Instead of putting all my focus on that and the physical part, I just turned everything to my rehab and the mental part of the game. We all communicate well. We’re all on the same page, so it’s been good with Kirk.”

Elflein’s return was expected much sooner given that Zimmer said “it shouldn’t be too long” for his center to be back in practice at the end of July. The Ohio State product said he did not suffer a setback while rehabbing.

“This is just how it worked out,” Elflein said. “And I’m feeling good right now.”



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Olivier Vernon ruled out for New York Giants; Janoris Jenkins likely to play


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants outside linebacker Olivier Vernon will miss his second straight game with a high ankle sprain. He was officially ruled out of Sunday night’s matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins is expected to play. He left practice early Thursday to deal with a family matter, but was back with the team on Friday.

“Yeah, everything is good,” Jenkins said before adding, “Short-term memory. In life, things happen; just have to move forward and come back to work and pick up where I left off.”

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (back) and running back Wayne Gallman (knee) are not on the final injury report. Linebacker Tae Davis (hamstring) is listed as questionable.

Vernon injured his ankle during practice on Aug. 26 and he still hasn’t returned to practice. It appears that a realistic date for him to return would be next week’s game against the Houston Texans.

The Giants will again look at Connor Barwin and rookie Lorenzo Carter to fill the void as the top pass-rushers. Barwin played 41 snaps in the opener against the run-heavy Jacksonville Jaguars, while Carter played 24. The play-time distribution (approximately 65-35) should be similar against the Cowboys, who also rely heavily on their running game.

Vernon was seen riding the stationary bike and working on the side field with a trainer this week while his teammates practiced.

“He did more this week,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “He got closer. We haven’t seen any setbacks in any way. So we’ll be hopeful for next week.”

The Giants are playing it smart with Vernon after he tried to play through a high ankle sprain last year, only to last less than a half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before missing the next four games.

Vernon, 27, had never missed a game prior to that, appearing in all 16 games in each of his first five professional seasons.

Vernon had 6.5 sacks in 12 games last season. He’s one of just two players on the Giants roster (along with Barwin) to top four sacks in any season.



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