New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a bruised knee Monday night and he may miss practice Wednesday, but he's expected to be ready for the Detroit Lions.

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"I think Mo’s good," Rex Ryan said Tuesday. "It's not a serious knee injury. ... I think he's going to be fine."

It didn't look fine with 3:14 left in the game, when Wilkerson stayed down for a couple of minutes with a leg injury. He ended up returning at the end of the game for the Chicago Bears' kneel-down plays. Wilkerson, who has yet to miss a game in his career, played in 64 of 66 defensive snaps.

The Jets are less certain about wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) and cornerback Dee Milliner (quadriceps), who didn't didn't play after developing tightness in his quad last week. His high-ankle sprain no longer is an issue, according to Ryan.

Milliner has missed five of 19 games in his career, and his latest ailment seemed to have Ryan at a loss. The coach said he has no idea if the former No. 1 pick will play.

"I'm definitely not sure on that," he said. "We’ll have to see how the week progresses. There’s no way to tell right now. We have to get him on the practice field and see how he does."

Decker started against the Bears and tried to play through a pre-existing injury, but he lasted only 12 snaps. The Jets probably should've deactivated him to let him heal for another week, but Ryan refused to second-guess the decision, saying he felt Decker was capable of helping the team in a limited role. He had one catch for 19 yards, a nice grab in traffic over the middle.

Roster moves: Cornerback Ellis Lankster, who played in 17 special-teams snaps in the game, was released for the second time in less than a month. To replace him, the Jets signed cornerback Brandon Smith, who was with the Buffalo Bills in training camp.
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys hope to get at least one of their injured starting linebackers this week.

Justin Durant, who has missed the last two games because of a groin injury, said he will be at least a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice and plans to play Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints.

“That’s the goal,” said Durant, a defensive captain who had 11 tackles in the season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers. “We’re going to see how it goes tomorrow and go from there.”

It’s less likely that Rolando McClain, who was inactive in last week’s win over the St. Louis Rams because of a groin injury, will be available against the Saints. McClain said he feels better than last week but is not ready to return to practice.

Rookie linebacker Keith Smith, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday to provide depth against the Rams and waived Monday, has cleared waivers and will be re-signed to the practice squad.
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers got a measure of good news on the injury front when they learned that rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier sprained his right knee but avoided a more serious injury after teammate Lawrence Timmons rolled onto his lower leg in a 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers.

 Shazier won’t play Sunday against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, and cornerback Ike Taylor is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his broken right forearm.

With Taylor sidelined, William Gay will play right cornerback in the Steelers’ base defense and move to the slot, where the eighth-year veteran normally plays in the nickel package.

Tomlin said Antwon Blake, Brice McCain and B.W. Webb will compete this week for the job of right cornerback in the Steelers’ nickel defense.

"We’ll let those guys sort themselves out on the practice field,” Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

Sean Spence will get the first opportunity to replace Shazier at left inside linebacker, but Tomlin did not discount Vince Williams also competing for the starting job while Shazier is sidelined.

Williams started 11 games at left inside linebacker last season, but he has been playing behind Timmons at right inside linebacker.
“We’re not going to close the door on any developments in terms of division of labor,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin is hopeful that the Steelers will get a couple of injured players back for their 1 p.m. ET game Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Rookie running back Dri Archer (ankle) and starting left guard Ramon Foster (ankle) are expected to do more in practice this week, Tomlin said.

Archer hasn’t played since spraining his ankle in the Steelers’ season opener.

Foster didn’t play in the Steelers’ win over the Panthers after spraining his ankle last week in practice.

“Ramon’s got to show that he’s capable of above the line movement with that ankle injury,” Tomlin said.

Mike Tolbert placed on short-term IR

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Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesMike Tolbert, who suffered a hairline fracture in his leg Sunday night, has been placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, adding to Carolina's injury woes at the running back position.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday placed running back/fullback Mike Tolbert on injured reserve with a designation to return.

Tolbert suffered a hairline fracture in his left leg during Sunday's 37-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will not need surgery, but the earliest the 2013 Pro Bowl selection can return is Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Linebacker D.J. Smith, who had been released from the practice squad on Sept. 3, was signed to replace Tolbert on the 53-man roster.

Carolina has been hit hard by injuries at running back over the past three weeks. Leading rusher DeAngelo Williams missed the past two games with a hamstring injury.


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Eric Berry has high ankle sprain

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Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesThe Chiefs' Eric Berry is dealing with a high ankle sprain that kept him out in Week 3.

Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry is dealing with a high ankle sprain, a league source told ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Berry, who suffered the injury in the Chiefs' Week 2 loss to the Broncos, missed last Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins with the injury. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has previously described Berry's injury as an ankle sprain.

Reid said Monday that Berry and running back Jamaal Charles, who also missed the game at Miami with a high ankle sprain, "most likely" will return to practice on Thursday when the Chiefs being preparations for their Monday night game against the New England Patriots this week.

Reid said last week that he didn't believe Berry's injury is related to the right heel tendinitis that caused him to miss preseason games. 

Berry, a three-time Pro Bowler, has 15 tackles in two games this season. 

Cornerback Ron Parker has subbed for Berry during the strong safety's absence.


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According to several reports, Oakland Raiders linebacker Miles Burris was wearing a boot at a community event several Raiders players attended in London on Tuesday.

The 0-3 Raiders are the home team against Miami at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The team will not comment on any injury issues until they begin their practice week Wednesday.

Burris has played every snap this season, mostly as a replacement at middle linebacker for Nick Roach, who has not played since suffering a concussion Aug. 22. Roach is with the team in London. Outside linebacker Sio Moore did not play in New England on Sunday because of an ankle injury.

Burris and fellow backup Kaluka Maiava started Sunday alongside rookie Khalil Mack. If Burris, Maiava and Moore can’t play against the Dolphins, the only other linebacker on the roster is undrafted rookie Bojay Filimoeatu and he’d be in line to start in that scenario. The Raiders also have undrafted rookie Spencer Hadley of BYU on the practice squad.

Meanwhile, receiver Rod Streater (fractured foot) reportedly made the trip to London, while safety Tyvon Branch (fractured foot) did not. Both players were hurt in New England. The team is also reportedly expecting quarterback Matt Schaub to join them in London soon. Schaub missed the New England game because his wife gave birth.

DeAngelo Williams set to return

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Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY SportsDeAngelo Williams has led Panthers running backs in rushing in each of the past three seasons.

The running back crisis in Carolina might not be as extreme as described.

Coach Ron Rivera is expecting starter DeAngelo Williams to return to practice after missing the past two games with a thigh injury, a team source said.

The Panthers lost Jonathan Stewart to a sprained knee that is to be re-examined Friday and backup Mike Tolbert to a hairline fracture in his leg. Tolbert was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list Tuesday.

Williams has led Panthers running backs in rushing for three consecutive seasons.

Carolina (2-1) rushed for only 42 yards on 10 carries against a Pittsburgh defense that had allowed 348 yards rushing in the first two games.


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Dallas Cowboys juggle roster

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IRVING, Texas -- With the possibility of Justin Durant returning to action Sunday against the New Orleans Saints after a two-game absence because of a groin injury, the Dallas Cowboys waived linebacker Keith Smith, who was called up from the practice squad last Saturday.

Durant went through an extensive pregame warm-up before the Cowboys’ win against the St. Louis Rams and the hope is he can practice and return to man either the weakside or middle linebacker spots, depending on the health of Rolando McClain. McClain did not play against the Rams because of a groin injury and his availability for practice this week is uncertain.

Smith played in two defensive and nine special-teams snaps against the Rams. If he clears waivers, then the Cowboys will re-sign him to the practice squad.

The Cowboys will re-sign defensive end Lavar Edwards to take Smith’s spot. He was released in order to make room for Smith. The Cowboys acquired Edwards in a trade from the Tennessee Titans after the final cuts for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. If he is on the 53-man roster for 10 regular-season games, the Cowboys will have to give up a seventh-rounder in 2015.

Arian Foster unsure of return date

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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster said he is day to day with the hamstring injury that prevented him from playing in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

Foster, who had a league-leading 55 carries over the first two weeks of the season, acknowledged Monday that he is uncertain if he will be able to return for Houston's Week 4 game against the Buffalo Bills.

"I've played through a lot in this league, and hamstrings are the hardest thing to gauge because you don't know how it's going to fatigue, how it's going to react to a certain cut," Foster said. "You've just got to let it rest ... having things heal on their own time. You can't push it or it'll relapse on you."

Foster was replaced Sunday by rookie Alfred Blue, who ran for 78 yards on 13 carries in Houston's 30-17 loss. Foster conceded it was difficult watching the game from the sideline.

"It's just hard watching your team play without you, period," Foster said, according to the Texans' website. "I put a lot into this season. I put a lot into what I do as a professional, and so do they collectively as a team.

"When all your people aren't out there, it's just hard to stomach, but it's part of the game."

The 28-year-old Foster played in just eight games during an injury-shortened 2013 season but was used heavily in Houston's first two games this year, running for 241 yards on the 55 carries while also hauling in four receptions.


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LB Manti Te'o has fractured foot

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Harry How/Getty ImagesChargers linebacker Manti Te'o, right, has been slowed by foot injuries since entering the league.

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o has a fractured right foot and is expected to miss significant time, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't made the news public.

Te'o was hurt in Sunday's 22-10 victory at Buffalo. He has been bothered by foot injuries. He missed the first three games of his rookie season in 2013 with what the team said was a sprained right foot. He had surgery on the foot in January.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy loathes discussing injuries. He has declined to give an injury report at his weekly Monday news conference, saying he meets with the team trainer after he meets with reporters. He also has refused to confirm when players have surgery.

Te'o, the team's second-round draft pick in 2013, missed time during training camp after spraining his left foot in the second exhibition game.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Chicago Bears' secondary took another hit in Monday night's 27-19 win over the New York Jets when safety Chris Conte left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.

Conte suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter tackling Jets running back Chris Ivory, and the Bears announced he wouldn't be returning to action.

Conte sprained his left shoulder during Chicago's win last week over the San Francisco 49ers, but the club didn't consider the injury serious.

Conte was described by Bears coach Marc Trestman as day to day coming off that injury. But the safety participated all week in practice leading up to the contest against the Jets.

Prior to exiting the game, Conte had been credited with four tackles.

Conte entered Monday's game tied with rookie Kyle Fuller for the team lead in interceptions with 2.

By the end of the third quarter, the Bears were playing with Danny McCray and rookie Brock Vereen at the safety spots as Ryan Mundy -- the starter opposite Conte -- sat out parts of the game with his own injured shoulder.


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The New York Giants are facing a short week, but they may have a key player back come Thursday.

Middle linebacker Jon Beason, who sat out Sunday's win against the Houston Texans because of his foot/toe injury, was listed as limited on the official injury report issued Monday, which is a sign of improvement. Giants coach Tom Coughlin held a jog-through practice, three days prior to the team's game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) and cornerback Zack Bowman (quad) did not participate, according to the injury report. (Bowman's injury is the only new one, meaning he almost certainly suffered it against the Texans.)

Punter Steve Weatherford (ankle), offensive lineman James Brewer (back) and offensive lineman Charles Brown (shoulder) were also listed as limited.

The Giants had little time to celebrate their first win of the season, but that doesn't necessarily lessen the impact of the victory.

"It does change just the morale of the team," quarterback Eli Manning said, in a radio interview on WFAN. "There's a little more energy, there's a little more excitement around the locker room today and in the meetings. Guys are upbeat and excited about this week."

The players may be excited, but they're also undoubtedly tired, and have just three days of rest in between games.

"It is always a challenge to have this type of turnaround in the NFL, to go from a Sunday to a Thursday night," linebacker Jameel McClain said, on a conference call with reporters. "How I look at it is, both teams are going through the same thing. It is more of a mental preparation-style week because of the physicality [of the game]. Most people’s bodies don’t really recover until Tuesday or Wednesday."

"It is something where it’s part of the NFL, you have to be able to do that and get your body right," offensive tackle Justin Pugh said. "I think that you have to spend extra time this week outside of being at the facility to get that extra work that you need. Today was important to come in, get in the cold tub and make sure you are getting your body recovered."

Home teams have gone 21-15 on Thursdays since the NFL started playing a Thursday night game each week in 2012. But so far this season the home teams have gone 3-0, winning by 20 points or more each time.

At least the Giants don't have to travel far. They'll be playing a very familiar opponent, and the timing is good, too -- according to the quarterback, at least.

"I like having it the fourth game of the season, rather than the 12th or 13th or something," Manning said. "And it's nice coming after a game where, we [gave up] the one sack, [but] really only one or two hits. Not many hits, and so I feel good today and should feel great on Thursday."

Redskins list 17 on injury report

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ASHBURN, Va. -- This is not what the Washington Redskins needed to see one day after losing a game and another starter: 17 players on the injury report. Many of them will be available when the Redskins host the New York Giants on Thursday, but it’s also an indication of how banged up they are after three weeks.

The Redskins placed corner DeAngelo Hall and safety Duke Ihenacho on injured reserve because of their injuries -- a ruptured Achilles’ tendon and a fractured heel, respectively.

The Redskins only had a walk-through Monday, but had they held a full practice, 13 players would have either been out or limited. Quarterback Robert Griffin III is included on the injury report, and will be for the foreseeable future. Tight end Jordan Reed, still nursing a hamstring, did not practice.

Meanwhile, the players who would have been limited: nose tackle Chris Baker (ankle/hip), end Kedric Golston (groin), end Jason Hatcher (hamstring), receiver DeSean Jackson (shoulder), linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee), end Frank Kearse (ankle), guard Shawn Lauvao (knee), center Kory Lichtensteiger (groin/rib/hip), linebacker Brian Orakpo (finger), corner Tracy Porter (hamstring) and safety Trenton Robinson (abdomen).

Conversely, the Giants listed only seven players on their injury report.

“This is a week I’d rather not have a Thursday night game,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.

Lauvao underwent an MRI on his right knee, but Gruden said the results showed no damage. Orakpo will see a specialist about his left middle finger, which he hurt during Sunday’s game.

Gruden said there's still a chance some of the players who have been sidelined a couple weeks could play Thursday, including Porter, Reed and Jordan.

Hatcher said he's day to day with his hamstring injury. Jackson, who played with a sprained left shoulder, said, “I wish I could have a couple more days, but that didn’t present itself so I have to get in there and do everything my training staff asks me to, to get back for Thursday.”

It’s not an ideal situation for either teams, especially one as banged up as Washington.

“Nobody in the league likes Thursday night games,” Orakpo said. “I don’t know why they have them. It sucks for players, but it’s part of the game. We’ll be fine. It’s tough, but Thursday night games have been going on for a while. We don’t like them, coaches don’t like them. It’s a short week. You want to prepare and scheme as much as you can, but you can only do so much in limited time.”

WR Eric Decker active vs. Bears

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, who aggravated a hamstring injury last week and missed significant practice time, is active and will face the Chicago Bears Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets made the final decision about three hours before the game after evaluating Decker in a workout that lasted only a few minutes. He performed quick-step agility drills and ran a few short pass routes at full speed, convincing the coaches and medical staff he's well enough to play.

Decker, who leads the Jets with nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown, left in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at the Green Bay Packers. He said he aggravated the same hamstring that hampered him throughout training camp.

He missed three days of practice, but was able to practice Saturday on a limited basis.

The Jets signed Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million contract in free agency, making him their No. 1 wide receiver.

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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor has ankle pain that could affect him all season.

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"He's had ankle issues for some time," Carroll said. "It was on fire and really bothering him against San Diego [last week]. It may be an ongoing issue."

Monday was the first time this season anyone with the team mentioned Chancellor having ankle problems. He had hip surgery in the offseason, which caused him to miss all of training camp and most of the preseason.

Carroll said he thought they managed Chancellor's ankle situation well in the 26-20 overtime victory against the Denver Broncos Sunday and he hoped they found something to help alleviate the problem.

Chancellor's fourth-quarter interception, which he returned 52 yards, possibly saved the game for the Seahawks when Denver was trying to score a game-winning touchdown.

The Seahawks now begin their bye week and have two weeks to heal up before going on the road to play the Washington Redskins on Monday night, Oct. 6.

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There's a chance cornerback Tharold Simon could return for the Washington game. Carroll said Simon ran for the first time Monday after undergoing minor knee surgery on Sept. 4, but they would not know his status until after the bye.

Carroll also said offensive tackle Russell Okung was OK after leaving the game briefly Sunday with a left shoulder injury. "He felt like his prayers were answered," Carroll said of Okung.

Carroll said nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane, who is on injured reserve with a groin injury, is progressing well and should be ready to practice after six weeks, the first time his is eligible to get back on the field. Lane is not eligible to play until Nov. 9 against the New York Giants.

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