Arizona loses David Johnson, signs Chris
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.
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.