Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew are among high-profile players who were injured in Sunday's games.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, has a broken collarbone and will be out for approximately six weeks.
The Packers’ defense won’t have to worry about Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew on Sunday.
Jones-Drew, who led the league in rushing last season with 1,606 yards, will miss the game because of a left-foot injury.
Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey said the injury might keep Jones-Drew out for an extended period. Mularkey said team doctors haven’t ruled out the possibility of a Lisfranc injury.
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“That’s the initial diagnosis on it,” Mularkey said.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers said the 36-year-old Woodson was hurt with 2:44 left in a 30-20 victory over the Rams in St. Louis.
ASHBURN, Va. — Shortly after the Washington team returned from a 27-23 road loss to the New York Giants, coach Mike Shanahan phoned out-of-work tight end Chris Cooley to see whether he was fit enough to replace quarterback Robert Griffin III’s top target, an injured Fred Davis.
Davis ruptured his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter and has been put on injured reserve.
Cooley, a 30-year-old who was released in August, passed a physical exam and signed a contract to rejoin the team.
“I wasn’t at home doing squats and power cleans and listening to ‘Rocky’ music,” Cooley said. “But at the same time, I’m in good shape.”
Panthers fire GM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marty Hurney, general manager of the Carolina Panthers, was fired one day after quarterback Cam Newton expressed his frustration with a 1-5 start.
Hurney, Carolina’s GM since 2002, said, “It’s simple. We’re 1-5.”
Cassel is benched
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel announced Brady Quinn will start at quarterback when the Chiefs play Oakland on Sunday.
The Chiefs (1-5) demoted Matt Cassel to a backup.
• Ex-Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will make his fourth straight start for the Tennessee Titans when they face Indianapolis on Sunday.
Previous starter Jake Locker, a former Washington Husky, reinjured his left shoulder Sept. 30.
• Buffalo defensive end Chris Kelsay on the Bills’ effort in Sunday’s 35-34 loss to Tennessee: “You watch film and not everybody was playing hard every snap. And that’s unacceptable.”
• Nate Kaeding, the most accurate kicker in NFL regular-season history (making 87 percent of field goals), was placed on injured reserve and will be released by San Diego when he’s healthy.
Kaeding, 30, injured his groin Sept. 28.
“It’s not the ending I had envisioned for myself here,” he said.
• Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will consider dropping the Pro Bowl if the level of play doesn’t improve.
|Player, position||Team||Injury, prognosis|
|Fred Davis, TE||Redskins||Achilles tendon, out for season|
|Jason Pinkston, G||Browns||Blood clots, out for season|
|Zac Diles, LB||Titans||Leg, might be out for season|
|Maurice Jones-Drew, RB||Jaguars||Foot, might miss extended time|
|Charles Woodson, DB||Packers||Collarbone, out about 6 weeks|
|Trent Richardson, RB||Browns||Ribs, week to week|
|Michael Roos, T||Titans||Appendix, status uncertain|