11:11 AM EDT, Fri September 30, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle

Cowboys’ Dez Bryant has hairline fracture in knee

Dallas head coach Jason Garrett revealed that Bryant has a hairline fracture in a knee bone, an injury he sustained in a 31-17 win over the Bears on Sunday. Bryant sustained the injury early in the first quarter Sunday, but missed only six plays and finished with three catches for 40 yards and a 17-yard touchdown. In Week 2, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin had seven catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in a 46-27 win over the 49ers. Bryant, 27, had three straight seasons (2012-14) in which he collected at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns before he missed seven games last year...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Vikings 22, Panthers 10: Minnesota is the team to beat in NFC

For the third time this season, the Vikings spotted an opponent at least a one-touchdown lead. And for the third time the Vikings won thanks in large part to a dominant defense and the uncanny ability to make game-turning plays. Make no mistake: even through all the injuries and problems with the offensive line/running game, this is a very good team. How good? We’ll get to that at the end. First, let’s recap Minnesota’s 22-10 victory over the Panthers with 5 GIFs (and a bunch of words, too). ALLOW ME TO RETORT Like I said, the Vikings have been spotting opponents early lead. This time,...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Xavier Rhodes will play against the Panthers, Laquon Treadwell will not

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury, will make his 2016 debut today against the Panthers and their oversized wideouts, Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. But interestingly, the Vikings have still listed Trae Waynes and Terence Newman as their two starting cornerbacks in their base defense. So we will see if that is a ruse or if Rhodes has a limited role this afternoon. The Vikings have also listed Matt Asiata, not Jerick McKinnon, as their starting running back even though coach Mike Zimmer indicated this week that McKinnon would be the...

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Jacoby Brissett, veteran of surprise debuts, expected to make first NFL start

Jacoby Brissett has a habit of landing in the spotlight at critical times. As a high school freshman in 2007, he was pressed into action in a regional final after the Dwyer Panthers' starting quarterback came out with a knee injury. Quarterback injuries also threw Brissett into his first college...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Listen: Bradford's dazzling debut, Peterson's injury timetable and more

Intro: Recapping the Vikings' victory over the Packers, heavy on the Sam Bradford/Stefon Diggs talk. 20:00: Adrian Peterson's injury. 30:00: It doesn't get any easier with the Panthers. 35:00: Pro Football Focus guest joins the show.

San Francisco Chronicle

49ers place ILB Armstrong on IR

The 49ers have placed inside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong on injured reserve with a pectoral injury he sustained in a 46-27 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. In two games, he had eight tackles, two pass breakups, one tackle for a loss, an interception and a fumble recovery in 69 snaps. Hodges has 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 75 snaps. “It sucks, but I’ve said all along that we’re going to need Wilhoite, we’re going to need Gerald to win football games,” defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said. Armstrong, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013, had...

San Francisco Chronicle

49ers thin at tackle vs. Panthers

The 49ers’ backup offensive linemen for today’s game are guard/center Marcus Martin and rookie guard Joshua Garnett, the No. 28 overall pick. Beadles, a seven-year veteran, played tackle at Utah and started six games at right tackle for the Broncos as a rookie in 2010. First-string nickel cornerback Chris Davis is also active after he missed the season opener with a hamstring injury.

All Things Broncos | Denver Post

NFL, NFLPA to investigate handling of hits on Cam Newton in Broncos game

The NFL and NFL Players Association will investigate the implementation of its concussion protocol last Thursday, when Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sustained multiple helmet-to-helmet hits from Broncos defenders.

Denver Post

Explaining the NFL’s concussion protocol after Cam Newton’s helmet-to-helmet hits

A summation of the NFL's concussion protocol, which came under fire after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took several helmet-to-helmet hits Thursday night without missing any game time:

Denver Post

Ty Sambrailo, Jeff Heuerman among Broncos’ inactives for NFL opener against Carolina Panthers at Mile High

After weeks of playing through the preseason with worrisome injuries and hoping for health, especially on the offensive line, the Broncos on Thursday suited up a still-shorthanded complement of key players.

Gottlieb: Charles Tillman talks Panthers and injuries

Panthers CB Charles Tillman joins Doug Gottlieb to discuss being the importance of being close with his teammates and if Thomas Davis can play well with his injury.

Thomas Davis On Cam Newton's Leadership

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis spoke one-on-one with NESN.com's Michaela Vernava about his recovery from injury and how Cam Newton has shown his leadership qualities in the locker room.