GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, one of the most durable players in the NFL over the past decade, tore the ACL in his right knee during practice Monday and will undergo season-ending surgery.
The team said the extent of the injury was revealed in an MRI.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Dockett has missed only two games in 10 NFL seasons. He has started 156 of the 158 games in which he appeared.
Dockett was hurt in an 11-on-11 drill. He limped away but had to be helped onto a cart. Dockett lay on his back as he was carted off the field.
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Before the extent of the injury was known, defensive tackle Calais Campbell talked about the importance of Dockett to a defense that was ranked sixth in the league last season.
“He’s a great player, a guy we count on day in and day out to be a leader and take us where we want to go,” Campbell said.
Dockett, Campbell and nose tackle Dan Williams formed a formidable defensive front that helped the Cardinals rank first against the run.
LANDOVER, Md. — Johnny Manziel raised his middle finger toward the Washington bench as he returned to the huddle late in the third quarter. It was one of the few times a Cleveland Browns quarterback actually found his intended target.
Manziel’s latest hand gesture was one of many lowlights for the Browns in a 24-23 exhibition loss that did little to make coach Mike Pettine’s decision any easier when it comes to selecting a Week 1 starter.
If the choice is based solely on numbers, there’s not much either Manziel or Brian Hoyer did to show he deserves the job. If it’s based on composure, the hot-shot rookie’s obscene gesture lost him some ground.
“It does not sit well,” Pettine said. “It’s disappointing, because what we talk about is being poised and being focused. … That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback.”
Manziel called the moment a “lapse of judgment.” Teammate Joe Haden said opposition fans and players were giving “Johnny Football” plenty of unprintable verbal grief for the second straight week. Manziel was openly mocked by Brian Orakpo when the linebacker raised both hands and performed the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s “money” gesture after a sack by Ryan Kerrigan.
Meanwhile, Pettine needs to pick a quarterback. The performances were so unspectacular that the coach suggested he might audible from his previously stated plan of announcing his regular-season starter Tuesday.
Hoyer started Monday night and completed 2 of 6 passes for 16 yards. His self-assessment: “It probably couldn’t have been any worse. It’s disappointing. It was embarrassing.”
• Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles slipped on a grassy slope, bruising his foot just enough to set alarm bells ringing. X-rays and MRI exams ensued but were negative.
• Running back LeSean McCoy returned to Eagles practice after missing Sunday’s training session because of an injured toe. McCoy said his left big toe was “real sore.”
• Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is day to day after tests confirmed a diagnosis of bruised ribs.
• Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr returned to practice three days after being knocked out of an exhibition game with a concussion and sore ribs.
• Falcons right tackle Jake Matthews was shifted across the line to replace left tackle Sam Baker, who went down with a season-ending knee injury.