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Denver Broncos CB Pat Surtain II has knee sprain, will miss multiple games

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A battered Denver Broncos defense, coming off its best all-around effort of the season in Sunday’s 30-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, will have to make do without yet another starter in the short term.

Rookie cornerback Pat Surtain II, who was the Broncos’ first-round pick this past April, will miss multiple games with what team sources said is a sprained knee. The Broncos were taking that diagnosis as good news, however, with the potential of Surtain’s return to the lineup later this season.

Surtain left the win over the Cowboys in the third quarter.

He had an MRI on Monday morning. Broncos coach Vic Fangio was asked Monday morning if he had concerns that Surtain’s injury was season-ending and said, “I don’t think that’s the case.”

It’s unclear when Surtain suffered the injury. With 6 minutes, 54 seconds left in the third quarter, Surtain ran stride-for-stride with Cowboys receiver Cedrick Wilson and raised his arms after the play to celebrate what was a fourth-down incompletion by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott on the play.

The next time the Broncos’ defense took the field, with 4:43 left in the third quarter, Kyle Fuller was in Surtain’s left cornerback spot.

The Broncos’ defense has taken it share of injury lumps. The team already has four defensive starters on injured reserve, with four other defensive starters, who are not on injured reserve, who have also missed games this season. Surtain will be the fifth in that group. The Broncos also traded linebacker Von Miller last Monday.

Still, on Sunday, the Broncos led the Cowboys 30-0 until 4:14 was left in the game — it would have been the first shutout of the Cowboys at home since 1991 — and Prescott had 79 yards passing at the end of the third quarter.

Surtain has started eight games this season and played at least 93% of the defensive snaps in five games. He had his first career interception in the Week 2 win over Jacksonville and his eight pass breakups are tied for the team lead with safety Justin Simmons.

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Philadelphia Eagles extend LB T.J. Edwards though 2022 season

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed linebacker T.J. Edwards to a one-year contract extension through 2022.

The new deal is worth $3.2 million and contains $2.15 million in guarantees, a league source confirmed.

Edwards, 25, has been a central figure in the team’s defensive turnaround in recent weeks. He has 44 tackles, three tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery since being inserted into the starting lineup as the team’s middle linebacker Week 8. The Eagles have won three of four games in that span, with the defense yielding 19 points per game — four points below their season average.

Edwards came up with his second career interception in the first quarter against the Saints Sunday, helping to fuel a 40-29 Eagles win.

“T.J. brings a physicality that really is contagious. And he continues to come after the ball,” said coach Nick Sirianni. “I’m sure glad he’s playing the role he’s playing right now.”

Edwards was scheduled to be a restricted free agent after this season.

NFL Network first reported on the terms of the deal.

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Sources — Denver Broncos, top WR Courtland Sutton agree to four-year extension worth just under $61M

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos continued their stretch drive on the contract front Monday.

As the players reported back from the team’s bye week, the Broncos secured wide receiver Courtland Sutton to a four-year extension worth just under $61 million, according to multiple team sources.

Sutton’s deal includes $34.9 million in guarantees and will bring the fourth-year veteran $18 million in the first year of the deal, the sources said. Sutton was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

The 26-year-old missed all but two games in 2020 with a torn ACL and has returned to lead the Broncos in receptions (43) and receiving yards (617) this season. The Broncos also signed wide receiver Tim Patrick to a three-year, $30 million deal this past weekend.

It’s all in keeping with general manager George Paton’s pledge earlier this year to retain the team’s free agents whenever possible. Since March the Broncos have signed safety Justin Simmons, defensive end Shelby Harris, Patrick and Sutton to multiyear deals.

The Broncos are still poised to have plenty of salary cap room in the coming offseason — some projections put them among the top four teams in predicted available space — and already have 11 draft picks. Linebacker Alexander Johnson, cornerback Bryce Callahan, running back Melvin Gordon III and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be among their most notable free agents.

The news of Sutton’s extension was first reported by NFL Network.

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Source — Green Bay Packers lose starting OL Elgton Jenkins to season-ending torn ACL

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Testing has confirmed that Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins suffered a season-ending torn ACL during Sunday’s 34-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jenkins, a Pro Bowl left guard last season, had been filling in for All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, who still has not been cleared to return from last year’s ACL injury.

He suffered the injury to his left knee early in the fourth quarter and was almost immediately ruled out.

Unless Bakhtiari comes back this week, the Packers will be down to Yosh Nijman, their No. 3 left tackle when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Nijman finished the game Sunday and held up well in three starts earlier this season when Jenkins had an ankle injury.

The Packers’ plan was that whenever Bakhtiari was cleared to return – if he comes back this season — was to move Jenkins back to left guard.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.

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