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Packers sign DL Lowry to contract extension



GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers had as many as four key defensive contributors who were scheduled to be free agents after this season.

Now they only have three.

The Packers signed defensive lineman Dean Lowry to a contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. The three-year deal with worth just over $20 million, including a $6 million signing bonus, a source told ESPN.

Lowry, a fourth-round pick in 2016, was scheduled to make $2.025 million this year in the final season of his rookie deal.

He moved into a full-time starting role midway through the season after injuries depleted the defensive line. Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark all finished the season on injured reserve.

Wilkerson was not re-signed, and Daniels is entering the final year of his deal. Starting inside linebacker Blake Martinez and last year’s sack leader, Kyler Fackrell, also are scheduled to be free agents after this season.

Lowry has only missed one game in his first three years, appearing in 47 regular-season games with 19 starts. He played in all 16 games and made eight starts last year. He set career highs in tackles (57), solo tackles (39), sacks (3) and passes defensed (4) while also registering the first forced fumble of his career.

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Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery (foot), Lane Johnson (ankle) injured vs. Giants



PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery left Monday’s 23-17 overtime win over the New York Giants with injuries and did not return.

Coach Doug Pederson said he would have a better idea of how serious the injuries are on Monday.

Jeffery was taken to the locker room on a cart after suffering what the team called a foot injury. Jeffery was not contacted on the play but left the field limping before throwing his helmet down and entering the medical tent. He then sat in the front seat of a cart that headed down the tunnel.

Jeffery entered Monday with 43 catches for 430 yards and four touchdowns.

The Eagles were already without injured wide receiver Nelson Agholor. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward were the only wide receivers left for the Eagles.

Quarterback Carson Wentz was still able to orchestrate two touchdown drives in the second half to erase a 14-point deficit, and threw a game-winning TD to tight end Zach Ertz in overtime to pull the Eagles (6-7) even with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

“It’s not easy when you have that many new faces out there playing in a must-win game against a division opponent,” Pederson said. “Carson does get a lot of credit, but at the same time, we made some plays on defense that kept us in there and we were able to pull it out.”

Johnson went down when Wentz was knocked into him in the second quarter. Johnson, an All-Pro in 2017, suffered an injured left ankle and was also carted off the field. Halapoulivaati Vaitai took his place at right tackle.

Rookie running back Miles Sanders was hampered by a leg injury in the second half but said afterward that he’d be fine. Boston Scott received a bigger workload as a result and finished with 156 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles face the prospect of being down two of their top offensive players in Johnson and Jeffery as they begin a final push toward the postseason, beginning Sunday in Washington.

“If that’s the case, the confidence that each of these guys gained tonight with our backs against the wall was huge for us,” Wentz said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lamar Jackson limited in Ravens practice with quad injury



OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was limited in Monday’s practice with a quad injury.

Jackson, the frontrunner for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award, leads the league with 28 touchdown passes and tops all quarterbacks with 1,017 yards rushing. He has never been sidelined since taking over as Baltimore’s starting quarterback, playing in 20 straight games.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated Jackson was hurt during the game when a Bills defender hit him “around the knee.” Harbaugh declined to say whether Jackson would be limited in practice Tuesday.

“It’s less than 24 hours after the game,” Harbaugh said a day after a 24-17 win at the Buffalo Bills. “It’s hard to say. It’s not a serious injury in that sense. This is day to day. We play Thursday night. We’ll see where we’re at.”

The Ravens (11-2) have a quick turnaround with Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets (5-8). Baltimore can clinch its second straight AFC North title with a victory.

Jackson didn’t participate in any drills during the media-viewing portion of Monday’s practice, which was a 90-minute walkthrough. He entered the indoor fieldhouse when reporters were leaving, walking with a slight hitch. Jackson wasn’t present on the field when practice ended.

Backup quarterback Robert Griffin III took all the snaps during the portion open to media. Griffin has not started a game since 2016.

Jackson participated in all 60 offensive snaps in Sunday’s win in Buffalo. He was 16-of-25 passing for 145 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Jackson was held to 40 yards rushing, his lowest total since the season opener, and needs 23 yards to break Michael Vick’s single-season rushing record for quarterbacks.

This marked only the second time Jackson has been listed on the injury report this season. Jackson missed a practice in Week 10 with an illness.

The Ravens are banged up beyond Jackson. Starting tight end Mark Andrews (knee) and left tackle Ronnie Stanley (concussion) both didn’t practice Wednesday.

“I’m not going to get into injuries,” Harbaugh said. “The guys who are ready, will play. The guys who aren’t, won’t. Just look at the injury report and take it from there.”

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Freddie Kitchens – Browns not sitting banged-up Odell Beckham Jr.



BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday that the team is not considering shutting down Odell Beckham Jr. for the season, even though the star wideout has been battling hip and groin injuries since the beginning of training camp and could require surgery during the offseason.

Kitchens also said that he spoke to Baker Mayfield about critical comments the quarterback made following Sunday’s 27-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals concerning how the Browns’ training staff has handled Beckham’s injuries.

“We don’t want him addressing other players’ injuries, in that manner especially,” said Kitchens, who met with Mayfield on Monday morning. “Odell and our training staff have done a tremendous job of getting Odell to the game each and every week.

“It’s been addressed and [Mayfield] understands how to handle things like that moving forward.”

Beckham has been limited in practice since the beginning of training camp amid the worst statistical season of his career, excluding his injury-riddled 2017 season with the New York Giants.

Sunday against the Bengals, Beckham finished with only two catches for 39 yards, his seventh consecutive game without 100 receiving yards, extending the longest such streak of his career.

After the game, Mayfield called out the Browns’ training staff, suggesting that if Beckham had undergone surgery before the season, he and the team might have been in better shape.

“I’d say that it wasn’t handled right,” Mayfield said Sunday. “He’s not able to run as well as he should be able to, as well as he knows. And that’s frustrating for him. You can sense that’s some of his frustration, where that comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100% is still good enough for us.”

Later Sunday, Mayfield apologized on Twitter, clarifying he didn’t intend “to throw our medical staff under the bus.”

Kitchens declined to say whether surgery was debated for Beckham during the preseason or the specific nature of the injury. But he did say there’s been no discussion about shutting Beckham down, even though the 6-7 Browns are now a long shot to make the playoffs.

“I think he is helping the team,” Kitchens said. “Odell is doing a great job. … He wants to be out there for his teammates and I like him to be out there for his teammates. He has been doing a good job of getting prepared during the course of the week to get to the game on Sunday.”

Kitchens also pushed back on reports surfacing over the weekend that Beckham is unhappy and wants out of Cleveland. During its pregame show Sunday, Fox Sports reported that Beckham has been telling opposing players and coaches before games, “come get me” out of Cleveland.

“Did Odell say that?” Kitchens replied, when asked about it. “OK, case closed then. Odell did not say it. Odell has not told me anything remotely dealing with that.

“I can only tell you what I think and what I have seen from Odell, and what I have seen from Odell is nothing like the reports indicate, so sorry.”

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