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AP Photo/Michael PerezDeAngelo Hall, who first tore his Achilles in September, re-tore it this week and will need more surgery, sources say.

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who tore his Achilles tendon last month and underwent surgery to repair it, tore it again this week and will have to redo the surgery, according to sources.

Hall still is likely to be ready for next summer's training camp, though this second injury and surgery will make it that much more difficult.

Rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland has replaced Hall in Washington's lineup and shined, collecting 26 tackles so far this season.

Hall is signed through 2017 and will count $4.8 million against the salary cap next year. The Redskins, however, would save $2.375 million if they don't feel he can return and subsequently release him.

ESPN.com's John Keim contributed to this report.


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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Without Stepfan Taylor available as their No. 2 running back Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals will rely on the motto that's come to define their season: next man up.

But what happens when they don't know who, exactly, that'll be?

It may be Marion Grice, the rookie running back signed Sept. 23 off the San Diego Chargers' practice squad. It may be fullback Robert Hughes. It may be someone else, but Arizona hasn't added another running back to the 53-man roster as of Thursday night, leaving the likelihood of the Cardinals using a three-back rotation Sunday in Dallas as the best option.

Coach Bruce Arians said earlier this week he likes Kerwynn Williams, who's on the Cards' practice squad. But by losing Taylor for at least Sunday's game, the Cardinals' depth at running back behind starter Andre Ellington doesn't last long. The only back on the roster who has any offensive experience is Hughes -- and he only has two carries this season, and three total for his career.

Ellington's 464 rushing yards this season are responsible for 74.6 percent of the Cardinals' total yards on the ground. Eight other rushers combined for 158 yards.

On Monday, Arians said Grice will be the next man up, but offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said Thursday any of Arizona's backs are capable of filling the short-yardage and goal-line role that Taylor filled.

"It's going to be running back by committee," Goodwin said. "It could be Marion, could be Andre. Really doesn't matter. Could be Robert. We feel comfortable in all our backs so we'll be fine."

One thing is for certain, Grice will finally make his offensive debut, Goodwin said.

"He's going to play," Goodwin said. "He's got to play with Stepf being down and I'm confident in his ability to be a player and make plays for us."

Grice has been slowly learning the playbook. When Goodwin walked into the meeting room earlier Thursday he found Grice studying by himself. Grice has had more than a month to prepare and show Goodwin and Arians how he can be of help to a depleted backfield.

Without other options, Goodwin may be turning to Grice more often than initially planned when they picked him up.

"Be a first down, second down, third down" back, Goodwin said. "I just want him, myself personally, [to] make sure he runs the ball well. When he's called on to protect, protect. And obviously we throw the ball a little bit around here so hopefully catch it if it comes his way."
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams went through a full practice Thursday after Wednesday's walkthrough and made progress toward getting healthy.

On Wednesday, the Rams had 13 players listed on the injury report with eight listed as not participating. Things were a little better Thursday with only four listed as non participants: guard Rodger Saffold (shoulder), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee), defensive tackle Aaron Donald (shoulder) and safety Cody Davis (concussion).

Of players not on the injury report but working back from injury, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that defensive end Chris Long is making progress. Long is eligible to begin practicing this week as part of his injured reserve/designated to return spot, but the Rams aren't rushing him back.

"He's a little ways away but we're very encouraged where he's at," Fisher said. "As he is too. The surgical procedure which is not an issue for him right now, that's good. It's just the fact that he was non-weight bearing and in a cast so you're dealing with natural atrophy so he has to get all his strength back."

Here's the full injury report from Thursday:

Did not participate: G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), DT Aaron Donald (shoulder), S Cody Davis (concussion).

Limited participation: S Rodney McLeod (knee), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe).

Full participation: DE William Hayes (foot), C Scott Wells (elbow), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), C Tim Barnes (shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (hip), CB Lamarcus Joyner (hip), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle).
Another day, another San Francisco 49ers player is getting healthier.

A week after their bye, the 49ers’ injury list remained only four players deep. But rookie defensive back Jimmie Ward, the team’s first-round draft pick who missed the Niners’ Oct. 19 game at the Denver Broncos with a quadriceps injury, was upgraded from limited participation on Wednesday to full participation on Thursday.

“I think he should be fine,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday of Ward, while acknowledging the rookie will return as the team’s nickel back.

Following is the 49ers’ injury report for Thursday:

Limited participation: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), ILB Patrick Willis (toe)

Full participation: CB Chris Culliver (hamstring), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep)
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- While driving after Sunday's game, Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson pulled over for about 30 minutes.

He knew something wasn't right. He had just played 73 snaps and made 11 tackles in Arizona's 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but he couldn't recall much, if any, of it.

"I don't really remember the game," Jefferson said. "I just remember when I started driving ... I just stopped for 30 minutes. I was like, 'What just happened?' I don't remember what happened. It was kinda scary.

"I went home and watched the film on the iPad. It was like seeing you on auto pilot. It was pretty weird."

But he remembered how many tackles he had.

"I might have to push auto pilot a couple more times," Jefferson said jokingly.

Jefferson was diagnosed with a concussion Monday morning. He passed the concussion protocol on Thursday and practiced in a limited role, working on kickoff coverage during the open portion of practice.

He thinks it happened on a kickoff, but Jefferson said he wasn't sure when he talked to the media Thursday.

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles hopes he'll have Jefferson for Sunday's showdown against the Dallas Cowboyss, but added that "concussions are a funny thing."

As for Jefferson, he doesn't want to rush back.

"This is your brain you're talking about," he said. "You don't want to do anything like that. I'm just going to see what they say but I feel fine.

"We got a long season ahead of us; I don't want to rush back."


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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis is on his way to playing against the New York Giants on Monday after leaving last weekend’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter with a knee injury.

Davis was a full participant in practice Thursday. Receiver Reggie Wayne, who missed the Pittsburgh game because of an elbow injury, did not practice, but that’s not uncommon because coach Chuck Pagano gives him a rest day during the week.

Pagano said it’s “too early in the week” to tell if Wayne will play against the Giants. The coach wants to see how Wayne practices the rest of the week before making a decision.

Running back Trent Richardson was not listed on the injury report, which means he should be back in the starting lineup against the Giants after being held out of the Steelers’ game because of a hamstring injury.

“We’ll just go back to how we were,” Pagano said. “We want to be smart with all our players, monitor the reps. Guy gets hot, obviously we’ll try to feed a guy that’s hot, but not go overboard with it and put somebody in harm’s way, if you will.”

Here’s the rest of the Thursday practice report:

Did not practice: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (rest), linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (toe), defensive lineman Art Jones (ankle), linebacker Josh McNary (ankle), linebacker Erik Walden (quad)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Geno Smith will be the New York Jets' No. 2 quarterback Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

After resting his ailing right shoulder Wednesday, Smith resumed throwing and participated in a full practice Thursday. The former starter threw about 50 balls, according to Rex Ryan. He expects Smith to be ready for the game, backing up Michael Vick.

"That's what it looks like," Ryan said. "I would expect, unless there's some kind of setback, that he would be the backup quarterback."

Smith hurt his throwing shoulder in last Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills. He apparently hurt it twice during his 11-play stint, but he didn't notify anyone until later in the game. Calling it a "harsh reality" of the situation, Ryan said Smith probably would've continued to play if he hadn't thrown three interceptions, resulting in his benching.

Meanwhile, the Jets have an issue at cornerback. So what else is new? Darrin Walls, their most dependable corner, appears unlikely to play after missing his second day with calf and knee injuries. That means they will start Antonio Allen ... and pick one: Phillip Adams or Kyle Wilson or Josh Thomas or Marcus Williams. They've been changing personnel so much at cornerback that defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, speaking to reporters, said he knows Thomas and Williams by their numbers, not their names.

Thursday's practice report:

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Did not practice: Walls.

Full practice: G Oday Aboushi (shoulder), Adams (groin), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (finger, shoulder), LB Demario Davis (finger), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (ankle, wrist), Smith (right shoulder).

Kansas City Chiefs

Out: WR Donnie Avery (groin).

Did not practice: CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), LB Josh Martin (hamstring, knee).

Limited: S Eric Berry (ankle), CB Christopher Owens (knee).

Full practice: RB Jamaal Charles (back), TE Anthony Fasano (shoulder), CB Phillip Gaines (quadricep), RB Cyrus Gray (hand), WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring), TE Travis Kelce (ribs), G Mike McGlynn (foot), QB Alex Smith (right shoulder), CB Sean Smith (groin).

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Recently signed veteran defensive lineman Alan Branch did not participate in practice on Thursday, though the team said it was not injury related.

The rest of the New England Patriots' injury report remained unchanged from Wednesday.

Defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) is still not participating in practices.

The limited participants are rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee), rookie offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (finger) and core special teamers Nate Ebner (finger) and Matthew Slater (shoulder).

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle), cornerback Brandon Browner (ankle) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) remain full participants in practice.

SAN DIEGO -- When healthy, Brandon Flowers has been one of the best defensive players on the field for the San Diego Chargers this season.

But staying on the field has been an issue for the 28-year-old cornerback.

Flowers has missed two games this season -- one against the Denver Broncos due to a concussion suffered Oct. 19 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and another because of a lingering groin issue against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 14.

Cleared to practice after passing the league's concussion protocol Thursday, Flowers was a full participant in practice and hopes the injury issues are behind him.

"It feels like as soon as I get into a groove, something comes up," Flowers said. "But I usually don't miss a lot of games in a season. So hopefully I've got them all out the way now. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm trying to stay positive, and just be on the field every game from here on out for the rest of the season."

Flowers is tops on the Chargers in interceptions (two) and passes defensed (seven). Head coach Mike McCoy said his Chargers could use the veteran corner's presence on the field.

"Any player we can get back out there that's going to help us win football games is big," McCoy said. "And with his leadership and ability to make plays, it's always great to have him back out there."

Along with Flowers, center Rich Ohrnberger (back) and edge rushers Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Dwight Freeney (knee) returned to practice Thursday.

Attaochu was a limited participant, while Ohrnberger and Freeney were full participants. Donald Brown (concussion), Reggie Walker (ankle) and Steve Williams (groin) also were full participants.

Ryan Mathews (knee), Manti Te'o (foot), Jason Verrett (shoulder) and Jahleel Addae (concussion) did not practice for a second straight day.

McCoy acknowledged that Verrett's been dealing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder since he suffered the injury Oct. 12 against the Oakland Raiders.

"It's an injury that we've been dealing with for a couple weeks," McCoy said, when asked about Verrett's injury. "And he's had a lot of treatment on it and everything. And he gave it everything he had in the Denver game until it got to a point where he couldn't play any longer."

Asked if Verrett made the injury worse by playing against Denver last week, McCoy had this to say:

"We're not going to put anyone out there if we don't think they're ready to play. That's regardless of what the injury is, or what body part. They spend a lot of hours in the training room to get better and healthy. A number of players play with certain things. And with his injury, some players have played with that in the past, also. He's not the first guy to do this."

In fact, Verrett played with a similar injury his final season at TCU. Verrett had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in March during the offseason.

Verrett said he doesn't know for certain if he'll need surgery to repair his shoulder issue this time around.

"I haven't got that far yet," he said. "I'm still kind of deciding."

Verrett also said that he believes it was not a mistake to play last week against Denver.

"No, not at all," Verrett said. "My goal is to always be ready every week. I tested it out pregame. I felt great. I just was trying to go out there because we were kind of short at corner. I just wanted to help my team."
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry was a full participant at practice Thursday.

Landry, who just completed a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, is currently on the exempt/commissioner's permission list. The Colts have until 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 3 to release a player and put Landry on the active roster in order for him to play against the New York Giants that night. If not, the team has until 4 p.m. on Nov. 4 to release Landry, put him on the active roster and release another player.

“Well, we’re going to be evaluating him," general manager Ryan Grigson said. "We have the exemption on him this week. We can take it off at any time up until Monday. But I think just like all the players, we have to scrutinize and look at him from every angle, see where his legs are at, today’s our first real day of practice, and just kind of take it from there and have those discussions. We’ll take it day by day.”

Grigson declined to go into details on what Landry’s explanation was for using performance-enhancing drugs.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” Grigson said. “That’s in-house stuff. That’s family-type stuff. Those are things that happen within a family, so I’ll leave it at that.”

Landry was welcomed back with open arms despite selfishly letting the franchise down by getting suspended.

“I know he feels like he let us down in a sense,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “We welcome anybody -- we don’t judge -- with open arms. It’s good to have him back and it’s time for us to push forward and get him back in the swing of things.”

Sergio Brown will continue to start at safety until the Colts feel like Landry's ready to move back into that role.
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys are doing all they can to make sure Tony Romo will be protected if he can play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Romo has not practiced this week and it is not clear he will be able to do so on Friday, but the Cowboys’ equipment staff is sewing added Nike Combat gear protection into the undershirt Romo wears on game day. They have done similar things for other players for extra protection.

Romo has worn a rib protector since he became the starter, and when he suffered a punctured lung and broken rib, it was fortified with Kevlar. He also wore a specially designed vest as added protection for several games that year as his rib healed. He already has an longer-than-normal back plate for more protection after undergoing two back surgeries.

Coach Jason Garrett has said the team has no hard and fast rules about whether a player needs to practice in order to play. Romo has talked about the importance of practice leading into a game, but he has played without a practice before.

If it happens again this week, the Cowboys want to make sure Romo has extra protection.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz practiced with the team Thursday, but it doesn't sound as though he has a good chance of returning from his toe injury in time for Monday night's game against the Colts.

"He's coming off of a significant injury, so we'll see how he practices and we'll go from there," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday morning before practice. "He hasn't practiced yet. He's going out there, he's going to go through individuals, and then we'll spoon-feed him in there on the scout side of the ball first."

Schwartz injured his toe late in the preseason and has so far spent the entire season on short-term injured reserve. Monday's would be the first game in which he's allowed to play by rule, but the Giants can wait as long as Nov. 17 to return him to the active roster if they believe he needs more time. That means he could still miss the next three games without counting against the 53-man roster, but after that time they'd have to decide whether to activate him or officially end his season.

At this point, Schwartz would have to suffer a major setback in order for that to happen, though. If not Monday, expect to see him make his Giants debut either Week 10 in Seattle or Week 11 at home against the 49ers. And while he and they don't know yet whether he'll play left guard or right guard upon his return, Schwartz says he'll be ready to go.

"I've been going to meetings, so as far as off the field, that hasn't really changed," Schwartz said. "On the field, maybe the verbal communication, just getting used to doing that again. Especially today, heading the cadence and getting off the ball, some little stuff like that. But it shouldn't be too bad. I'm not terribly worried about the communication part of it."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Luke Joeckel had never had a concussion so he wasn’t sure if he’d know how to recognize the symptoms if he ever did receive one.

Even so, he knew immediately things weren’t right after he got hit on the top of his head early in the first quarter of the Jaguars’ 27-13 loss to Miami last Sunday.

"I didn’t really know how to describe a concussion," Joeckel said Thursday, the first time he’s been allowed to speak to the media because of the NFL’s concussion protocol. “When you get one you know right away, ‘Man, there’s something wrong.'"

The injury happened on Josh Scobee’s 48-yard field goal attempt that ended up being blocked. He said he got hit in the head by a knee or thigh -- but still managed to push Miami’s Michael Thomas out of bounds at the end of the play.

The Jaguars had thought Joeckel would miss the Bengals game because cornerback Dwayne Gratz and safety Johnathan Cyprien suffered concussions this season and both missed the following week’s game before returning to the field.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings got defensive end Brian Robison back on the practice field on Thursday, a day after Robison missed practice with a bruised gluteal muscle. They also saw linebacker Gerald Hodges return to practice as a full participant after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury, and among the 53 players on the Vikings' active roster, only tight end Kyle Rudolph -- who is still recovering from a sports hernia -- did not participate in at least part of Thursday's practice.

Things aren't looking quite as positive on the injury front as far as the Vikings' practice squad is concerned. Quarterback Chandler Harnish, who was signed at the end of September and was on the active roster Oct. 2 against Green Bay, suffered a Grade 1 Lisfranc injury, coach Mike Zimmer said. The Vikings will look at several other practice-squad quarterback options on Friday. A Grade 1 Lisfranc injury isn't thought to be serious, and Harnish could be back on the practice field soon, but at the moment, the Vikings have only two healthy quarterbacks on their roster.

Robison, cornerback Jabari Price (hamstring), tight end Chase Ford (foot), cornerback Josh Robinson (ankle) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (ankle/knee) were limited in practice for the Vikings. Safety Antone Exum (ankle/shoulder) returned to practice in full.

Zimmer also said that Rudolph is still a "couple weeks" from returning, adding it's "possible" the tight end could be back on the field for the Vikings' first game after their bye week on Nov. 16 against Chicago.
The Chicago Bears discussed potential replacements Monday at left guard for Matt Slauson, who suffered a season-ending torn right pectoral muscle in the team’s loss to New Engalnd, which means the club’s starting offensive line could be reshuffled when it reconvenes next week at Halas Hall for practice.

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"We’ve got a number of guys we can move into that position," Bears coach Marc Trestman said.

Depending on the moves made, the offensive line could look drastically different than the groups the team utilized over the first eight games of the season. The most interesting possibility involves moving starting right tackle Jordan Mills inside at Slauson’s left guard spot.

If that move took place, it would likely mean Michael Ola would stay at Mills’ starting position at right tackle. Ola filled in for Mills during Chicago’s loss at Green Bay as the latter continues to struggle to recover from an offseason foot surgery.

"We can go with Jordan moving into that [left guard] position. We could go with [veteran] Eben [Britton] moving into that position. We’ve got some young guys we’re developing. We’ll see how that goes along the way. But that will be the starting point," Trestman said.

Offensive tackle is Mills' and Britton's natural position. But the club’s decision to consider Mills for Slauson’s spot isn’t an indictment on the second-year veteran’s performance through the first half of the season. Although it’s also no secret Mills struggled in his past two outings prior to missing Sunday’s game at New England.

Trestman said Mills’ potential move is about versatility.

"I think he could fit into any position, I really do," Trestman said. "We’ve had some discussions about it to see what is going to be best for our line with Matt moving out, and we’ll continue to do that. I’m leaving that open-ended. We’ll see where that goes."

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