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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman to be out a few weeks with pulled hamstring

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TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury, a source confirmed to ESPN on Monday. An MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis for a pulled hamstring, suffered Thursday night in the Bucs’ 28-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sherman suffered the injury on the seventh play of the Bucs’ first defensive series, pulling up while racing over to try and tackle Quez Watkins on a 23-yard reception.

It was Sherman’s third game in 12 days after not playing or practicing in 288 days, which illustrates just how dire the Bucs’ defensive backfield situation has become.

Starters Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis are both currently on injured reserve. Per league rules, Murphy-Bunting was eligible to return to play last week (NFL rules mandate a minimum of three weeks for injured reserve) but is still recovering from a dislocated elbow, while Davis was placed on injured reserve after suffering a quadriceps injury in Week 4 at the New England Patriots.

Jamel Dean also missed a week with a knee injury but has since returned. The team is hopeful that safety Antoine Winfield Jr., who suffered a concussion in Week 4, will clear the concussion protocol this week. The Bucs are also currently without team captain and inside linebacker Lavonte David, who suffered a low-ankle sprain in Week 5.

Without Sherman, the team could turn to Dee Delaney or Pierre Desir, who have both stepped in at different times for injured starters. Delaney stepped in for Sherman Thursday night due to Desir’s role in nickel and dime sub-packages, while Desir stepped in for Davis when he was injured at the Patriots.

The NFL Network first reported Sherman’s injury and the time he’ll miss.

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Los Angeles Chargers lose star DE Joey Bosa in second half with potential head injury

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, long considered the best defender on the team, left the game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

Bosa was being evaluated for a head injury he suffered in the second half as the Chargers attempted to hold off a Bengals’ rally.

Bosa has battled injuries through much of his career, and usually plays through them. This one was a different story, and the Chargers defense struggled in the third quarter without him.

This season, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Bosa has 36 solo tackles and 19 assists to go along with 7.5 sacks. In his absence, Kyler Fackrel took over. No further word on Bosa was immediately available.

The Chargers, at one point up 24-0 over the Bengals, saw their lead shrink to 24-22 in the third.

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Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson, WR Odell Beckham Jr. active vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. is active for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A source had told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team was not optimistic about him being able to play but he would test out his injured thigh before Sunday’s game before it made a decision.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., also is active. Like Henderson, he was listed as questionable. Beckham has a hip injury.

Running back James Robinson is active for the Jaguars. He had been listed as questionable due to heel and knee injuries. Robinson has been hobbled for weeks with the injuries but was feeling better Saturday.

Henderson, the Rams’ top running back, has rushed for 648 yards and five touchdowns this season.

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Gardner Minshew throws first TD as an Eagle, a 36-yard dart to Dallas Goedert

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Minshew mania — it is upon us.

Starting in place of the injured Jalen Hurts, Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew II got off to a red-hot start against the New York Jets on Sunday, connecting with tight end Dallas Goedert for a 36-yard touchdown on the team’s opening drive. Facing a second-and-1, Minshew unfurled a pass downfield as he was being hit. Goedert hauled it in and shed a tackle attempt before walking into the end zone.

Minshew went 3-for-3 for 61 yards on the Eagles’ first possession, with each of those completions going to Goedert. Hurts is sidelined with a sprained left ankle, opening the door for Minshew’s first start since Dec. 20 last season, when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Minshew hit Goedert again, this time for a 25-yard score, later in the first half.



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