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.

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"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'."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars had two key defensive players get hurt in Sunday's 24-6 victory against the Cleveland Browns, but the extent of those injuries won't be known until Monday.

Linebacker Paul Posluszny suffered a pectoral sprain and will have an MRI on Monday. He left the locker room with his right arm in a sling.

Defensive end Andre Branch suffered a groin injury and also will have an MRI on Monday. He left the locker room on crutches.

Posluszny had 12 tackles, one sack, and a fumble recovery while Branch had four tackles against the Browns.
DETROIT -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Detroit Lions' 24-23 win over the New Orleans Saints.
  • Corey Fuller had never been in that spot before. He scored his first career NFL touchdown, and after, he became very popular. When asked if his phone was “blowing up,” Fuller deadpanned: “Yes. I feel it in my pocket.”
  • Bush
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    Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he did not bench running back Reggie Bush, after he played only a handful of snaps in the second half in favor of Joique Bell. Caldwell said Bush was still struggling with the ankle injury that kept him out of last Sunday’s game at Minnesota, so he stuck with Bell. After the game, Bush declined to speak with the media.
  • Calvin Johnson was seen leaving the Detroit locker room after the Lions’ win, but he wouldn’t give any indication whether he’d play next week against Atlanta. When asked by a reporter if he thought he’d play, he said, “maybe” as he was walking away.
LANDOVER, Md. -- Seen and overheard in the Washington Redskins' locker room after their 19-17 win over the Tennessee Titans:
  • Orakpo
    There is some concern that linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a partially torn right pectoral muscle and might need surgery. Orakpo will undergo an MRI on Monday to see if the Redskins’ fears are legitimate. Orakpo hurt his arm, re-entered the game and then left again. He has suffered two torn pectoral muscles in the past, but both on the left side. Orakpo has not had the season he or the Redskins hoped for, with only a half-sack, in a year when he’s playing for a new contract.
  • The relief felt by the players was huge. Tight end Logan Paulsen admitted that winning felt “even better than I thought it would.” Player after player admitted that there was a loss of confidence because of the four-game skid. “Confidence is everything in this league,” tight end Niles Paul said. “You take a confident team and you can do a lot.”
  • Quarterback Kirk Cousins dressed quietly and headed to the podium for his postgame news conference. He clearly didn’t like how he played; he also hid it well. “No one ever said it was going to be easy,” he said.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings:
  • Spiller
    After being carted off in the first half, running back C.J. Spiller was diagnosed with a broken collarbone, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported. Spiller will have surgery Monday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. Coach Doug Marrone said Spiller will be out "an undetermined time." He added that Fred Jackson, who was carted off with a groin injury, will need further tests.
  • Bryce Brown, acquired in an offseason trade, was inactive Sunday for the seventh time this season. There was more buzz about Brown last week after Spiller's continued struggles, and Marrone acknowledged Brown will now have a chance. "I have no problem bringing up Bryce. We talked about him last week -- which I hope wasn't a jinx," Marrone said, chuckling.
  • The Bills won this game, but you wouldn't know it. Marrone generally had a frustrated tone when speaking about the game, saying the Bills will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs if they play like they did Sunday. Many players were gone by the time reporters entered the locker room. One of those who did speak, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, acknowledged the Bills' poor play for long stretches Sunday but added, "They're all beautiful [wins] as far as I'm concerned. I don't think there's such a thing as an ugly win."

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict left the first quarter of Sunday afternoon's 27-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts after suffering a neck injury and didn't return.

Coach Marvin Lewis said in his postgame news conference that Burfict had a "cervical strain."

The play came just inside the final two minutes of the opening period, when Burfict was chasing Colts quarterback Andrew Luck out of the pocket deep in the red zone. As Luck ran inside the 10, Burfict made contact with him with what appeared to be the crown of his helmet.

Replays showed that no other part of Burfict had hit the quarterback before his helmet struck Luck's chest. Just after the play ended, Burfict was down on the ground for a few moments before trainers rushed out to evaluate him.

Burfict got up under his own power and headed to the sideline before being taken into the locker room for observation.

After the game, Burfict was seen in the locker room talking with the player who took over his play-calling duties, Vincent Rey. The two were at their lockers discussing defensive strategy and assignments following a game that saw Rey collect 16 tackles.

Burfict's neck injury comes after he has already dealt with concussion problems most of this season. He has only finished one game this year -- last week's -- after missing parts of four others with head injuries.

Burfict experienced a concussion in Week 1 and came back from it to play in Week 2, when he was diagnosed with another. After that game, he took the next three weeks off before coming back last Sunday against the Panthers.


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OAKLAND -- The Oakland Raiders will be without defensive end Justin Tuck and fullback Marcel Reece on Sunday against visiting Arizona.

Tuck has a knee injury and Reece has a quad injury. Both players sat out the first two days of practice during the week, but they both worked Friday while listed as questionable on the injury report.

C.J. Wilson replaces Tuck, while Jamize Olawale will get Reece’s repetitions when the Raiders use a fullback. This is Reece’s first missed game since 2011.

As expected, right tackle Khalif Barnes is missing his second straight game with a quad injury. Second-year player Menelik Watson continues to take his place.

Tony Hills active as backup tackle

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Signed on Wednesday off the Miami Dolphins' practice squad, Tony Hills will serve as the Dallas Cowboys’ backup offensive tackle for today’s game against the New York Giants.

With Doug Free out with a small fracture in his right foot, Jermey Parnell will start and Hills will serve as the backup for Parnell and left tackle Tyron Smith. Donald Hawkins, who has been with the team all season, is inactive for the seventh straight game. The Cowboys wanted to go with Hills’ experience. He has played in 10 games with one start.

Also inactive are: LB Bruce Carter DE Jack Crawford, QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton and DT Davon Coleman.

Lavar Edwards, who was cut on Tuesday when the Cowboys added Hills and brought back to the roster on Thursday is active. As is linebacker Keith Smith, who was called up from the practice squad on Saturday.

Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller injured

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills lost running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings as both were carted off in the first half of the Bills' 17-16 win and didn't return.

Jackson suffered a groin injury, while a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Spiller broke his collarbone.

Bills coach Doug Marrone said after the game that Spiller will be out "for an undetermined time." The running back is scheduled to have surgery on the collarbone on Monday, a league source told ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Jackson stayed down on the field after a third-and-1 run in which he was stopped short of a first down. Jackson was eventually helped to his feet and walked to the sideline with assistance from center Eric Wood and a trainer.

A cart later took Jackson, with hands covering his face, to the locker room.

Jackson had an MRI on his injured groin Sunday night and will miss one-to-two weeks, according to multiple reports.

Spiller took his first carry of the game 53 yards to the Vikings' 15-yard line but came down hard on his shoulder. He remained of the ground for several minutes before being carted off.

Jackson, 33, is the NFL's oldest running back and the Bills' most-tenured offensive player. Through the first six games this season, Jackson ran 52 times for 227 yards and one touchdown. He added 30 catches for 245 yards and a touchdown.


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INDIANAPOLIS -- We've known for a week that Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green would miss the Cincinnati Bengals' game this week at Indianapolis, but it is now official.

The fourth-year wideout was on Cincinnati's list of inactives for the Bengals' 1 p.m. ET game Sunday against the Colts. It will be the second straight game Green has missed. He also missed all but six plays of the Bengals' Week 2 game against the Falcons.

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In Green's place will be Mohamed Sanu, the third-year receiver who has caught 13 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns as Green's replacement so far this season. Overall, Sanu has caught a team-high 27 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns this season. He's expected to continue to be the Bengals' top receiving threat without the superstar Green, who has been trying to battle through a toe injury since the season opener.

Green initially picked up the injury to his right big toe during the first quarter of the Bengals' Week 1 win over the Ravens. He fought through the injury and finished the game before shutting it down just six plays into the next contest.

He's hopeful to return next week when the Bengals host the Ravens.

Along with Green, the Bengals also are without linebackers Rey Maualuga and Emmanuel Lamur. They had been expected to sit this week after suffering injuries in the fourth quarter of last week's tie with the Panthers. Maualuga has a serious left hamstring injury that coach Marvin Lewis anticipates will keep him out a few weeks. Lamur's shoulder issue doesn't appear to be as serious, and the team is hoping he'll return next week.

Maualuga will be replaced by second-year player Jayson DiManche, and Lamur will be replaced by Vincent Rey.

While Green, Maualuga and Lamur were deactivated, the two players who were signed this week to help absorb their losses were activated. Receiver Greg Little and linebacker Nico Johnson were part of the 46-man gameday roster, but neither is expected to play. They simply haven't had enough time to digest their respective playbooks. Little and Johnson will only see action if the Bengals are placed into emergency scenarios that call upon one or both having to play.

Here is the full list of inactives for Sunday's game:

Bengals inactives
WR A.J. Green
LB Rey Maualuga
LB Emmanuel Lamur
DT Brandon Thompson
CB Chris Lewis-Harris
OT Tanner Hawkinson
DE Will Clarke

Colts inactives
CB Darius Butler
LB Victor Butler
OG Lance Louis
OL Khaled Holmes
OT Jamon Meredith
DT Kelcy Quarles
DT Arthur Jones
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Hello from Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings will try to improve to 3-4 this afternoon against the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings will have linebacker Chad Greenway back on the field for the first time since Sept. 21, as he returns from three broken ribs. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who was questionable to play with elbow and ankle injuries, will also be in the starting lineup for the Vikings.

Defensive end Scott Crichton will be active for just the second time this season, as the main backup for both Everson Griffen and Brian Robison now that Corey Wootton is out with a lower back injury. Crichton said the Vikings worked him at both left and right end this week, and put him on the top field goal unit. Wootton got only 10 snaps last week in relief of Griffen and Robison, but Crichton will likely see some playing time today.

The Vikings could be limited once again in how much they can move Anthony Barr to defensive end on third downs; they'd been doing that when both Hodges and Greenway were healthy, but had to curb it back once Greenway got hurt and Hodges had to play full time, instead of moving to Barr's linebacker spot in the nickel package. It will be interesting to see if the Vikings try to use Audie Cole or Michael Mauti in that kind of a role today, to free up Barr as a pass-rusher.

Here is the Vikings' full list of inactives:

Will Compton starts for Perry Riley

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LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins linebacker Will Compton will make his second straight start. Perry Riley was declared inactive for the second consecutive game because of a sprained knee. And defensive end Stephen Bowen will make his season debut.

Also, receiver Santana Moss was placed on the active roster for the second game in a row with Aldrick Robinson inactive. So it will be interesting to see what happens when Leonard Hankerson is activated from the physically unable to perform list. At the least, it's a bad sign for Robinson that he is no longer dressing on game days.

The other inactives weren't much of a surprise: quarterback Robert Griffin III, corner Tracy Porter, guard Spencer Long, tackle Morgan Moses and defensive end Clifton Geathers. Though coach Jay Gruden said Moses is pushing Tyler Polumbus at right tackle, they like keeping Tom Compton active because of his ability to serve as a tight end in certain packages.

The Redskins did catch a break with Tennessee's inactives as starting quarterback Jake Locker was declared out, as was defensive end Ropati Pitoitua. It's not as if Locker is close to an elite quarterback, but his ability to scramble has given teams fits -- and the Redskins have struggled to contain such quarterbacks. Pitoitua has given some guards problems up front and would have been a handful for Redskins guard Chris Chester.

The Titans' other inactives: running back Shonn Greene, corner Coty Sensabaugh, linebacker Akeem Ayers, tackle Will Svitek and tight end Taylor Thompson.
ST LOUIS -- Seattle Seahawks backup tight end Luke Willson is inactive Sunday because of a groin injury, which leaves the Seahawks without their first two tight ends for the game against the Rams.

Starting tight end Zach Miller is out after undergoing ankle surgery three weeks ago. The Seahawks are down to third-string tight end Cooper Helfet and rookie RaShaun Allen, who was brought up from the practice squad Saturday and will be making his NFL debut.

It’s possible the Seahawks could use offensive tackles Garry Gilliam or Alvin Bailey as a third tackle on the line. Gilliam played tight end for three seasons at Penn State and lined up a tight end for one play in the Washington game. Bailey came in as a third tackle on several plays in the last few games last season.

Four starters are out Sunday for the Seahawks – Miller, cornerback Byron Maxwell (calf) center Max Unger (foot) and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (turf toe). Backup defensive tackle Jordan Hill also is out with a sprained ankle. The other inactive of backup offensive tackle Andrew McDonald.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers won't have to play without both of their starting cornerbacks Sunday against the Carolina Panthers because Tramon Williams was declared active.

That was in question all week after Williams sprained his ankle last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. And when fellow starting cornerback Sam Shields (knee) was declared out on Friday, the Packers faced the possibility of starting a pair of backup cornerbacks against Cam Newton and Co.

On Friday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy listed Williams as questionable but said he would give his veteran cornerback every chance to play.

Williams, who has missed only one game in his eight-year NFL career, took part in Saturday's practice -- his first on-field work of the week -- on a limited basis and did not experience any setbacks.

Linebacker Jamari Lattimore (neck), who also was listed as questionable, will play and is expected to start.

Davon House will start at Shields' right cornerback spot, and Casey Hayward is expected to be the third cornerback in the nickel package.

Receiver Jarrett Boykin is active after missing the last three games because of a groin injury.

Here's the Packers' full inactives list:
LANDOVER, Md. -- Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker isn’t playing for the second week in a row with a bruised right thumb and Charlie Whitehurst will start at quarterback against Washington.

It’s the third missed start in seven games for Locker, who also missed a game with a strained right wrist.

Locker has now missed 17 of 39 games over the last three years.

Whitehurst will be backed up by rookie Zach Mettenberger.

Also out for the Titans is defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, who broke a finger last week.

Tennessee declared running back Shonn Greene (hamstring), tight end Taylor Thompson (knee) and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (knee) out on Saturday.

Also out are new offensive tackle Will Svitek and outside linebacker Akeem Ayers.

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