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Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Bridgewater's ankle improving, status still unknown

Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won’t place a percentage on his chances to play Thursday against the Packers, but he feels the ankle has made progress. “I’m much further ahead than I was Sunday,” Bridgewater said. The Vikings have a quick turnaround after defeating the Falcons, 41-28, on Sunday. In that game, Bridgewater suffered the ankle injury on a quarterback sneak in the goal line. Bridgewater said he’ll run for the first time on Tuesday after rehabbing the ankle indoors with flexibility exercises. “Teddy’s doing much better,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Bridgewater misses practice, committee at running back and more

Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater missed practice yesterday with an ankle injury. — Head coach Mike Zimmer prefers the committee approach at running back. — Injured TE Kyle Rudolph can’t wait to get back on the field. — CB Josh Robinson was far from questionable against the Falcons. TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY For 5yrs I’ve dedicated myself to being a pro. I want to thank the Vikings, fans & my teammates for embracing me during that time. #muchlove — TreyTrey...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Kyle Rudolph recovering from sports hernia surgery

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said he’s making progress after sports hernia surgery last week. He was in the Vikings locker room on Monday, a week into the recovery process after sitting out on Sunday in the team’s 41-28 victory over the Falcons at TCF Bank Stadium. Rudolph said the injury initially bothered him during the first week of training camp. There was a tear in the abdominal muscle away from the pelvis, Rudolph said, that he felt on the right side. During the procedure, Rudolph said they went ahead and fixed both sides. “I’m glad that I was able to get them fixed, move...

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Vikings: Atlanta loses three OL starters to injury

The Falcons lost three starting offensive linemen on Sunday, so those paying attention might not have been surprised to hear the TCF Bank Stadium announcer introduce No. 80 as ineligible.

Giants Blog | ESPN New York

Giants injury report (non-Beckham edition)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kieran Darcy has your New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. update here. My take on this is that he's practicing, which is progress, but that I wouldn't assume he's a go for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons just yet. It's telling that Tom Coughlin said Beckham doesn't have to be a factor in the punt return game in order to get on the field, and that indicates we might see him in a limited role at wide receiver this week or next.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Vikings 41, Falcons 28: Offense comes alive before Bridgewater injury

RECAP: Matt Asiata's third rushing touchdown with 10:50 remaining stamped an entertaining home victory for the Vikings.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Vikings: Five keys to Sunday's game vs. Atlanta Falcons

1. Next in line: All the Vikings have been talking about all week has been "next man up,'' their motto for replacing players who are out. Minnesota on Sunday against Atlanta will look to try to make up for not having five key starters who began the season. Out are running back Adrian Peterson (exempt list), tight end Kyle Rudolph (groin surgery), linebacker Chad Greenway (broken hand and rib), quarterback Matt Cassel, (season-ending broken foot) and guard Brandon Fusco (season-ending torn pectoral muscle). The most important replacement is rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for Cassel.

The Jag-Wire | Fox Sports Florida

Bucs QB Josh McCown optimistic surgery won't be needed on thumb

Josh McCown is holding out hope that he won't need surgery on his right thumb. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback, who left in the second quarter of his team's Week 3 loss at the Atlanta Falcons, appeared to downplay the need for a procedure in the immediate future Thursday after sustaining a severe sprain in the thumb.

Chicago Sun-Times

Bears’ ‘D’ rising? Packers’ ‘O’ declining? We’ll see

There’s no such thing as a defining game in the NFL anymore. Injuries, parity and mediocrity — not necessarily in that order — have made the league as unpredictable and topsy-turvy as ever. Last year at this time, there were seven 3-0 teams. This year, there are three. The Bears have gone from 10th to 18th to 11th to eighth in ESPN’s power rankings. The Falcons have zigzagged from 17th to ninth to 17th to ninth. “Every week is a new week in the NFL,”...

Newark Star-Ledger

Odell Beckham injury update: First-round pick says Falcons game is goal for return (VIDEO)

"I was going at a good pace," Beckham said. "I wouldn't say it was all out although there were times when I had the burst and felt comfortable bursting. It's good to have that feeling like you're somewhat back."

Giants Blog | ESPN New York

Giants injury update: Beckham practices

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. did more practice work Tuesday than he has in a long time, fueling talk that the New York Giants' first-round draft pick could be on the field for his NFL debut as early as the Week 5 home game against the Atlanta Falcons. "That's the goal," Beckham said Tuesday. "But it's up to them." "Them" is the Giants' training staff, which has made it clear it won't put Beckham on the field if he's at all at risk of aggravating the hamstring injury that has held him out of action since June.

Giants Blog | ESPN New York

Beckham catching actual passes in practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For weeks now, when the New York Giants have started their daily practices, rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has scuttled over to a side field and run by himself under the supervision of a trainer. The team's first-round draft pick has not gone through a full practice with his team since the spring, as a hamstring injury on the first day of training camp has kept him sidelined for the past two months.  But something changed Tuesday, and it could lead to Beckham making his Giants debut relatively soon -- possibly even in Week 5 at home against the Falcons.

Bucs Beat | Tampa Bay Times

Back-to-back unblocked rushes led to McCown injury

Bucs quarterback Josh McCown injured his thumb -- likely costing him this week's game at Pittsburgh -- on the second of back-to-back plays in the second quarter where the Falcons were able to get hit him with an unblocked pass-rusher.

San Francisco Chronicle

Vic’s picks against the spread Week 3

Who let the dogs out? Underdogs like the Bears, Chargers and Browns helped us go 11-5 against the spread last week. They still barking? Let’s see … Bucs at Falcons (-6.5) – Tampa Bay is hurting up front defensively, and Matt Ryan takes another jump forward in what will be a huge year statistically. FALCONS 49ers (-3) at Cardinals – Injuries finally get the best of the Cardinals, and San Francisco wins one for media-target Ray McDonald. 49ERS Raiders at Patriots (-14.5) – That’s alot of points. But while the Oakland run defense has been very bad, it may be the day the pass defense...

Tampa Tribune

Bucs prepare for Falcons amidst key injuries

The Buccaneers will be dealing with key injuries as they go on the road for the first time this season to face the Atlanta Falcons.

Columbus Dispatch

Focused Bengals brush off injuries, beat Falcons 24-10

The Cincinnati Bengals lost star receiver A.J. Green to a toe injury in the first half, but a strong defense and effective running game carried them to victory before the home folks.


Atlanta Falcons are looking to bounce back from disappointing 2013 season

The Atlanta Falcons got back their injured stars from last season but have suffered more season-ending injuries before the 2014 season can start.

Florida Times-Union

Jaguars return to practice field, get good injury news

Following a three-day break, the Jaguars are back on the field this morning for practice (helmets, no pads). Quick notes: *Running back Storm Johnson was doing side-field work after sustaining an ankle injury against the Falcons on Thursday. *Also not practicing were right tackle Austin Pasztor (hand) and tight end Clay Harbor (calf). Pasztor has been ruled out for Philadelphia and Harbor hasn’t practiced since July 27. read more