Sorensen to miss start of sea­son

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The Kansas City Chiefs will be with­out start­ing safety Daniel Sorensen for the start of the sea­son af­ter he had surgery to re­pair a bro­ken shin bone and dam­age to his left knee.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder de­scribed the in­jury Sat­ur­day as a tib­ial plateau frac­ture, which in­volves the up­per part of the shin. Sorensen also dam­aged his me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment and tore his menis­cus when he was hurt dur­ing a spe­cial teams drill last week.

“One of the guys fell on his leg,” Chiefs coach

Andy Reid said.

The in­jury is sim­i­lar to the one suf­fered by

J.J. Watt last year, caus­ing the Tex­ans de­fen­sive end to miss the rest of the sea­son. That may be Sorensen’s fate, too, but Burkholder said the Chiefs plan to wait six weeks be­fore eval­u­at­ing him again.

“He’ll be up here to­day start­ing his for­mal re­hab with us,” Burkholder said.

Sorensen be­came an in­valu­able part of the Kansas City sec­ondary when Eric Berry went down with a sea­son-end­ing in­jury last year. He went on to start 14 of the 15 games he played, pick­ing off a pass and pil­ing up 88 tack­les while as­sum­ing a lead­er­ship role in the Chiefs’ sec­ondary.

Berry is back from his torn Achilles ten­don, and Sorensen was ex­pected to start along­side him this sea­son.

Now, the race is on dur­ing the fi­nal three weeks of camp for a start­ing job, with rookie Ar­mani Watts, Leon McQuay and Eric Mur­ray among those who could slide into the role.

The Chiefs also saidthat Dil­lon Gor­don had been placed on in­jured re­serve with a shoul­der in­jury, and that fel­low of­fen­sive line­man Alex Of­fi­cer had been signed to

take his place.

Jets’ Pierre-Louis sus­pended one game

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets line­backer Kevin Pierre-Louis has been sus­pended by the NFL for the first game of the reg­u­lar sea­son with­out pay for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance­abuse pol­icy.

Pierre-Louis was ar­rested and charged in Jan­uary with sev­eral mis­de­meanors, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, af­ter a traf­fic stop in sub­ur­ban Kansas City. In March, he reached a plea deal in which the mar­i­juana-pos­ses­sion charge would be dropped if he com­pletes a one-year pro­ba­tion.

Pierre-Louis, 26, has 84 tack­les in parts of four sea­sons with Seat­tle and Kansas City.


Rams: Los An­ge­les placed backup cor­ner­back Kevin Peter­son on in­jured re­serve af­ter he in­jured his knee in the Rams’ pre­sea­son opener.

Jaguars: Jack­sonville re­moved de­fen­sive end

Dante Fowler from the phys­i­cally-un­able-to-per­form list.

Fowler missed the first two weeks of train­ing camp while re­cov­er­ing from a shoul­der in­jury sus­tained late last sea­son.

The Jaguars also signed fifth-year cor­ner­back

Ken­neth Acker and un­drafted rookie cor­ner­back

Bryce Canady. The team parted ways with cor­ner­backs Dex­ter McDougle and Char­lie Miller.

Ti­tans: Ten­nessee added two de­fen­sive backs and dropped two oth­ers af­ter its pre­sea­son opener. Ten­nessee agreed to terms with Ken­neth Dur­den and Trey Caldwell and waived cor­ner­backs Joseph Este and Jarell Carter.

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