Sorensen to miss start of season
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.