EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Most of the New York Giants' players finished up meetings Monday and headed out for a long midseason break. The Giants are on bye next week and don't play again until Nov. 3. So guys who want to shut it down, get out of town for a few days, go fishing, whatever, they all go their separate ways.

Some will have to be around the facility, however, to get treatment for various injuries. And there are a few significant Giants injuries to monitor over the next couple of weeks.

There is some hope that the return of running back Rashad Jennings from the knee injury that has cost him the past two games and of guard Geoff Schwartz from the toe injury that has so far delayed his Giants' debut will help get the running game going again. But to hear coach Tom Coughlin tell it, neither of those players is a sure thing to return in Week 9. Due to his short-term injured reserve status, Schwartz wasn't even eligible to practice until last week, and all he's done so far is some light running.

"Schwartz has got a long way to go," Coughlin said.

Coughlin also pointed out Jennings is trying to work his way back from a pretty serious knee injury -- an MCL sprain he suffered in the Week 5 victory over Atlanta. Jennings said his goal is to get back in time for the Week 9 "Monday Night Football" game.

"That's what we're trying to get to," Jennings said. "We've got the bye week and we've got some down time, so I'm just working. Preparing my body so that when it heals I can pick up where I left off."

Jennings said he would do more running this week and then "eventually get into the cuts." Schwartz said the goal for him was to practice on the field with the team next week when they return from the bye week.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants are banged up as well. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins left Sunday's game in Dallas in the first half with a calf strain. An MRI on Monday confirmed the strain and nothing more, but Jenkins was still on crutches and in a walking boot Monday and said it was "probably going to be at least a couple weeks" before he could play again.

Middle linebacker Jon Beason re-aggravated the toe injury that cost him all of training camp and three games earlier this season, and Coughlin said Beason likely would go back to see the same foot specialist he's seen a few times this year. It's possible the Giants will end up having to shut Beason down due to this injury, but Coughlin said that's not in the plans at this point.

And cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie plans to continue to play through the leg and back injuries that have been limiting him. "It's going to be a continuous kind of thing here," Coughlin said, though he's hoping the two weeks of rest will help.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, running back Trent Richardson and linebacker Jerrell Freeman were scheduled to get MRIs on Monday for injuries suffered in Sunday's 27-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Wayne injured his elbow and had it wrapped while standing on the sideline at the end of the game. Freeman left the game with a hip pointer but later returned, and Richardson left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. He could have returned, but coach Chuck Pagano kept him as a precaution because the outcome had already been determined in the Colts' shutout.
METAIRIE, La. -- Sean Payton didn't offer updates on any of the various injuries that piled up for the New Orleans Saints during Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

But cornerback Keenan Lewis insisted, "I'll be ready," without getting into any of the specifics of what knocked him out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Payton said after the game it was hamstring and cramping issues.

The Saints certainly hope Lewis will be back this week, since they'll need their top corner more than ever Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers and their dynamic passing offense.

The nature of running back Pierre Thomas' injury remains unknown. He appeared to be in pain as he punched the ground and lay there for a couple minutes as trainers tended to him in the third quarter after a hard hit to his left arm/shoulder area. But Thomas got up soon after and sat on the bench before later walking into the locker room with a medical staff member.

Center Jonathan Goodwin left via a cart with an unspecified leg injury. The severity is unknown, but Goodwin and teammates reacted on the field as though it might be significant before he was helped off the field by trainers.

Defensive end Glenn Foster was also ruled out of the game with a knee injury and was later seen on crutches. Nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley was ruled out after being tested for a possible concussion. And receiver Kenny Stills was sidelined on two separate occasions for undisclosed reasons. He mentioned afterward that he was ill, but it's unclear if that's the only issue he was dealing with.
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr played every defensive snap in Sunday’s win against the New York Giants and he did at least a part of it with a hamstring strain.

Coach Jason Garrett said Carr tweaked his hamstring, but “we don’t think it’s too, too bad.”

Garrett said left tackle Tyron Smith suffered no ill effects from a sprained ankle that kept him out of a day of practice last week.

With the Cowboys’ next game coming on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have an extra day of rest/preparation. The players will be off on Monday and Tuesday.

“You do get a bonus day and different teams use the bonus day in different ways,” Garrett said. “Maybe earlier in the season teams might use it as a practice day but we chose to give our players off and let them do stuff on their own, do their rehab and get their running done, get their preparation started. We’ll come in on Wednesday as if it’s a Tuesday, we’ll clean up the game from Sunday and then get ready to go back to work on Thursday.”

There is no rest for the coaches, nor is there extra time to look at the Nov. 2 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, with a short prep week to follow.

“We focus on this team who we’re playing, the Redskins on Monday night,” Garrett said. “Our energy will be to that. Because of the bonus day, the days may be a little shorter for us in a good way where we can spread the work out.”
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman called cornerback Kyle Fuller day-to-day after the NFL's reigning Defensive Rookie of the Month suffered a fractured right hand, and right hip pointer injury in Sunday's 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Fuller is not expected to need surgery on his broken hand, but he failed to finish the Dolphins' game because of the injured hip.

Fuller's status is unknown for the Week 8 trip to New England to face the 5-2 Patriots.

"Up to this point today, I've heard it [the broken hand] as being a non-surgical issue," Trestman said.

"He went out of the game because of his hip more than his hand, so we'll just see. He said he felt good today, but it'll be day to day. I don't know that the hand will deter him. I don't know that, I haven't talked to [the training staff] about it. But that's what I understand at this time."

The No. 14 overall selection of the 2014 NFL draft, Fuller replaced Charles Tillman (injured reserve) on the first team in Week 2, recording three interceptions and three forced fumbles in five starts.

Fuller's third-quarter exit on Sunday forced the Bears to play Sherrick McManis at cornerback opposite Tim Jennings, with Demontre Hurst lining up at nickelback.

Peter Konz (knee) lost for season

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AP Photo/Paul AbellPeter Konz became the Falcons' fourth starting offensive lineman to suffer a season-ending injury.

ATLANTA -- The Falcons placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve with a left knee injury on Monday, dealing another blow to their battered offensive line.

Konz is Atlanta's fourth starting offensive lineman to suffer a season-ending injury.

He replaced Joe Hawley after Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes suffered season-ending injuries in a loss at Minnesota on Sept. 28. Left tackle Sam Baker was lost for the year in a preseason game.

Konz hurt his knee in the Falcons' 29-7 loss at Baltimore on Sunday. Rookie James Stone, who signed with the team in May as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee, took over for Konz and looks like the presumptive starter moving forward.

"It was time to get out there, do my job," Stone said. "That's why we're all out here, to play football. I go out there with those guys and play at the highest level I can."

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Vlad Ducasse to have MRI on knee

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings right guard Vlad Ducasse will have an MRI on his knee after he injured it against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday.

Ducasse said he felt a "sharp pain" in his knee after Jerick McKinnon's 3-yard run late in the first quarter, when Bills tackle Marcell Dareus appeared to make contact with the back of Ducasse's leg and cause him to fall down while Dareus was attempting to tackle McKinnon.

"Vlad, he bumped his knee, so we'll see," Zimmer said.

Center John Sullivan is still going through the league's concussion protocol after getting injured on the same play as Ducasse. Zimmer wasn't sure about Sullivan's status for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Joe Berger and Mike Harris replaced Sullivan and Ducasse at center and guard, respectively.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers could have running back DeAngelo Williams back on the practice field Wednesday, coach Ron Rivera said Monday.

Williams has missed the past three games with a high ankle sprain suffered in the first half of a Sept. 28 loss at Baltimore. The team’s all-time leading rusher hasn’t participated in practice since.

Williams walked through the locker room Monday with no visible signs of a limp, but there was tape on his right ankle.

The Panthers' offensive line has several injury situations to work through this week. Rookie right guard Trai Turner has a sprained ankle and knee and likely won’t be available for next Sunday’s game against Seattle.

Turner suffered the injury in the first half of Sunday’s 38-17 loss at Green Bay.

Left tackle Byron Bell suffered an elbow contusion that doesn’t appear to be serious. His status for the Seattle game will be determined later in the week, but Rivera sounded optimistic on his availability.

Left guard Amini Silatolu, who missed Sunday’s game with a calf injury, could return this week.

Rivera didn’t sound optimistic that nickel cornerback Bene Benwikere, who missed his second straight start with an ankle injury, would return. But he said Benwikere would replace Charles Godfrey in the lineup when he does.

Rivera remained in wait-and-see mode on whether Josh Norman, who has missed two games with a concussion, would return as a starting cornerback.

Paul Posluszny headed for IR

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars' first victory of 2014 turned out to be a costly one: They lost two defensive starters, including middle linebacker Paul Posluszny for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Defensive end Andre Branch also will miss at least six weeks after tearing a groin muscle, but it's the loss of Posluszny -- who will be placed on IR and is scheduled to have surgery this week -- that really hurts the Jaguars (1-6).

Not only is he the Jaguars' leading tackler (69) and best defensive player, he's also responsible for making the defensive calls and is one of the team's leaders.

"It's tough because he is talented and he is a captain of our team and a leader," coach Gus Bradley said Monday afternoon. "To downplay that part of it wouldn't be fair to him. Important part, but I do believe that we'll have guys step up and move on."

Posluszny is in his fourth season with the Jaguars and eighth overall. The 2013 Pro Bowler has recorded at least 110 tackles every season from 2008 to '13. He was second in the NFL with 162 tackles in 2013.

Branch was a second-round draft pick in 2012 and has 10 sacks in his career, including six in 2013. He has three sacks, two forced fumbles and 13 tackles this season. If he is able to return in six weeks, his first game back would be against the Houston Texans on Dec. 7.

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Brian Orakpo has torn pectoral

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ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins feared the worst for Brian Orakpo -- and that's what they received. The linebacker suffered a torn right pectoral muscle and will require season-ending surgery, coach Jay Gruden said Monday.

It's the third time Orakpo has torn a pectoral muscle in his career. He missed all but two games in 2012 with a torn left pectoral, which he had also torn in the '11 season finale.

"It's a major blow," Gruden said.

Orakpo suffered the injury in the second half of the Redskins' 19-17 win over Tennessee, leaving the game for good in the fourth quarter. It's the third time he's torn a pectoral muscle, though the first two were on the left side, with one of those tears costing him the final 14 regular season games in 2012.

This injury could end his time with the Redskins. They placed the franchise tag on him in the offseason, not wanting to commit long-term to the sort of contract Orakpo desired. Gruden said after that decision that he wanted to see more production, especially game-changing plays.

Orakpo has played through various injuries this season -- a sprained middle finger on his left hand and sprains of his wrist and an ankle. Still, he and the Redskins hoped for more production. Through seven games, he only had half a sack and no game-changing plays. In his previous four full seasons, Orakpo, the 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft, always recorded between 8.5 and 11 sacks, including 10 a year ago.

"His production may not be where people think it should be," Gruden said. "But he's still been playing very good against the run and been disruptive in the passing game and that will be a big loss."

The Redskins were not unanimous in their decision to franchise Orakpo so it'll be interesting to see if they'd bring him back at a lower salary or simply move on. They drafted outside linebacker Trent Murphy

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Calvin Johnson hasn't played in two weeks and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell won't tip off whether that streak is going to extend to three.

Johnson continues to recover from a high ankle sprain in his right ankle, suffered in Week 3 against Green Bay and then aggravated again in Week 5 against the Bills. Johnson hasn't played since and while he'll travel to England with the Lions this week to face the Atlanta Falcons, whether he plays will be up in the air.

Johnson told ESPN "maybe" following the Lions' win against New Orleans when asked if he would be playing Sunday against the Falcons.

Caldwell, though, said it'll either be a full Calvin Johnson or no Calvin Johnson when he makes his return. The Lions have an off week following the London trip before the second half of the season begins.

"It's not going to be a thing of degrees," Caldwell said. "When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go and he’s feeling great, when they doctors say, OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between."

Johnson has missed six straight practices, was doubtful in Week 6, questionable in Week 7 and did not play in either game.
Dallas Cowboys strongside linebacker Bruce Carter has missed the past three games with a thigh injury, but he did some running before Sunday's game against the New York Giants and expects to practice this week.

"For the most part, I'm able to do everything I need to do," Carter said. "I got a couple of extra days to get ready, given we have a Monday night game."

In the New Orleans game on Sept. 28, Carter was credited with six tackles and two pass breakups, one that was intercepted by fellow linebacker Justin Durant.

But Carter didn't finish the game, he was injured chasing down a runner and didn't return.

The Cowboys have used a variety of players at linebacker this season because of injuries, with Rolando McClain (middle), Durant (strong and weak side), Anthony Hitchens (middle) and Kyle Wilber (strongside) getting the majority of playing time.

Other injuries of note:
  • Running back DeMarco Murray (ankle) didn't finish the first half of Sunday's game but did start the second half. Murray, who finished with 128 rushing yards, said his ankle felt fine. He said he didn't get the ankle re-taped.
  • Quarterback Tony Romo came into Sunday's game with a sore ankle and ribs. It didn't appear as if Romo had any problems moving around the pocket and he did take a few hits but nothing that would be alarming. Romo was a perfect nine-for-nine in the second half.

Fred Jackson may miss a month

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Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson could miss up to a month after suffering a groin injury in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The injury will not require surgery.

"It's not as bad as it could have been," Jackson said in a weekly appearance Monday on WGR 550 in Buffalo. "It's typically a four-week injury. But we'll try to do some things to get it sped up.

"I like to think of myself as somebody who can come back before typical. It's just gonna be on me to get in there and rehab and see the team doctors and do what it is they want me to do."

Meanwhile, fellow Bills running back C.J. Spiller underwent surgery Monday on a broken collarbone.

"We've been in contact all morning with him. He's in pretty decent spirits for what's going on," Jackson said. "We're praying for him to get through surgery OK ... and we'll see what happens after that."

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DENVER -- San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore suffered a lower left leg and ankle injury in the third quarter of the team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos on Sunday night, something coach Jim Harbaugh said "might be a break."

If it is a broken leg, Kilgore would be out an extended period of time, putting the Niners' already makeshift line in further flux as they head into a badly needed bye week.

"It's always tragic to lose a player," said quarterback Colin Kaepernick. "I don't know exactly what it is right now. Hopefully it's not something that is season-ending."

The backup center, undrafted rookie Dillon Farrell, also came out of the game for a spell in the fourth quarter after rolling an ankle, though Harbaugh said he should be fine.

The 49ers were already without left guard Mike Iupati, who suffered a concussion Monday night at the St. Louis Rams and was not cleared to play in this game.

After Farrell left the game, the Niners O-line was this: left tackle Joe Staley, left guard Jonathan Martin, center Joe Looney, right gurad Alex Boone, right tackle Anthony Davis.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- New York Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins left AT&T Stadium on Sunday night on crutches and with his injured right leg in a walking boot. Jenkins left the Giants' 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the first half with a calf injury and will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of it.

"Felt like somebody hit me with a hammer," Jenkins said. "It was one of those things where you're running and you feel like you got hit, then you realize there was nobody behind you, and you're just like, 'Aww, man.'"

Jenkins' injury would be another tough blow to a Giants' defense that may be more banged-up than the banged-up offense. In addition to Jenkins, middle linebacker Jon Beason left Sunday's game early with a re-aggravation of the toe injury that's been bugging him since June. Beason has missed three games this season after missing all of training camp and can't seem to shake the injury.

"I really wanted to put that behind us, but it cropped up again," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who's been missing practice with leg and back injuries, was active for the game and was in on some early third downs (and on the field-goal-block team for Dan Bailey's late game-clincher), but he's clearly not healthy either. His hope is that next week's bye gives him time to heal and that he can be back to 100 percent in time for the "Monday Night Football" game against the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 3. With nickel cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Trumaine McBride out for the year, the Giants' once-deep secondary is leaking oil.

"If I get on the field, I have to feel like I'm myself," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "Can't go out there half-steppin'."