Ari­zona loses David John­son, signs Chris

Los Angeles Times - - NFL -

The Ari­zona Car­di­nals placed All-Pro run­ning back David John­son on in­jured re­serve Tues­day and re-signed vet­eran run­ning back Chris John­son, who spent the pre­vi­ous two years with the team but was re­leased in fi­nal ros­ter cuts this year.

Sev­eral out­lets re­ported that David John­son would un­dergo surgery on the dis­lo­cated left wrist he suf­fered Sun­day in the sea­son-open­ing loss to Detroit and would be side­lined two to three months. The team made no an­nounce­ment, but plac­ing him on in­jured re­serve would seem to con­firm the re­ports.

David John­son, con­sid­ered among the best run­ning backs in the league, be­came the Car­di­nals’ starter as a rookie two years ago af­ter Chris John­son was in­jured.

Game on for Jaguars and Bucs

The Jack­sonville Jaguars were the lat­est Florida team to an­nounce they will play at home this week­end in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Irma.

Jaguars Pres­i­dent Mark Lamp­ing, whose team spent three nights in Hous­ton be­cause of the hur­ri­cane, said EverBank Field in Jack­sonville passed its fi­nal NFL in­spec­tion Tues­day to gain clear­ance to host a game. Sta­di­ums in Tampa and Mi­ami also were de­clared safe af­ter struc­tural en­gi­neers found no dam­age re­lated to Irma.

The Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers will host Chicago as sched­uled Sun­day at Ray­mond James Sta­dium. It will be the Bucs’ sea­son opener af­ter their game last Sun­day at Mi­ami was post­poned. The Mi­ami Dol­phins won’t play at Hard Rock Sta­dium in Mi­ami Gar­dens un­til Oct. 8.

Wat­son to start

Rookie quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son is set to get his NFL start Thurs­day when the Hous­ton Tex­ans face the Ben­gals in Cincin­nati, mul­ti­ple out­lets re­ported. He would re­place vet­eran Tom Sav­age, who strug­gled in a sea­sonopen­ing loss to Jack­sonville.

Wat­son, the 12th over­all pick in this year’s draft af­ter lead­ing Clem­son to the na­tional cham­pi­onship, re­port­edly took ev­ery snap with the first-string of­fen­sive line dur­ing the walk-through por­tion of Tues­day’s prac­tice. He would be the ninth quar­ter­back to start un­der coach Bill O’Brien since 2014, the most by any NFL team in that span.

Lions sign Locke

Detroit signed for­mer UCLA punter Jeff Locke af­ter Kasey Red­fern landed on in­jured re­serve with a knee in­jury suf­fered in the opener. The Lions also put of­fen­sive tackle Corey Robin­son (foot) on in­jured re­serve and signed of­fen­sive tackle Em­mett Cleary. Locke av­er­aged 43.2 yards per punt from 20132016 with Min­nesota.

Bears lose Free­man

The Chicago Bears placed linebacker Jer­rell Free­man on in­jured re­serve two days af­ter the sixth-year pro suf­fered a pec­toral in­jury and con­cus­sion in a sea­son-open­ing loss to At­lanta. Free­man led Chicago with 110 tack­les and 86 solo tack­les last sea­son.

Etc.

Re­ceiver Randy Moss and lineback­ers Ray Lewis and Brian Ur­lacher are among 11 first-year-el­i­gi­ble play­ers for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame. Also el­i­gi­ble for the first time, be­cause they’ll be re­tired five years when the class is cho­sen next Fe­bru­ary: Ronde Bar­ber, Don­ald Driver, for­mer Ram Steve Smith, Steve Hutchin­son, Matt Birk, Jeff Satur­day, Richard Sey­mour and Kyle Van­den Bosch . ... Cincin­nati ac­ti­vated cor­ner­back Adam “Pac­man” Jones af­ter he served a one-game sus­pen­sion for his off­sea­son ar­rest and mis­de­meanor con­vic­tion fol­low­ing a Jan­uary in­ci­dent in which he al­legedly pushed a se­cu­rity guard and poked his eye.

Pitts­burgh de­fen­sive end Stephon Tuitt, who suf­fered a se­ri­ous-look­ing left bi­ceps in­jury in the open­ing win over Cleve­land, has made en­cour­ag­ing process and hasn’t been ruled out for this week’s home opener against Min­nesota, coach Mike Tom­lin said . ... Philadel­phia signed kicker Jake El­liott off Cincin­nati’s prac­tice squad and placed Caleb Stur­gis on in­jured re­serve. Stur­gis in­jured his left hip on the open­ing kick­off of the Ea­gles’ win at Wash­ing­ton . ... Buf­falo signed free agent linebacker Je­lani Jenk­ins, who was pegged for a start­ing job with Oak­land be­fore the Raiders put him on in­jured re­serve Sept. 2 with an undis­closed in­jury. He was re­leased two days later.

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