Panthers' Olsen breaks foot; Williams will need surgery
The Carolina Panthers will be without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen and second-team All-Pro Bowl right tackle Daryl Williams for the foreseeable future.
The team announced Tuesday that Olsen re-fractured the same right foot that kept him out of nine games last season in Carolina's 16-8 win over Dallas on Sunday. Olsen will not have surgery and will be reevaluated on a "monthly basis." He'll remain on the team's roster in hopes that he can return later in the season as he did a year ago.
Williams suffered an undisclosed knee injury and will need surgery.
Ranked as the top right tackle in the NFL last season by Pro Football Focus, Williams is likely headed for injured reserve. He tore the MCL and dislocated the patella in his right knee in training camp, but fought back to play in the season opener.
Rookie Ian Thomas is expected to replace Olsen in the starting lineup, while Amini Silatolu is next in line to take over at right tackle.
Unlike last year, the 33-year-old Olsen opted not to have surgery.
He posted a statement on Twitter Tuesday that he is optimistic that his season is not over.
"After consulting with our medical team, we have determined the best course of action is to press forward with my rehab in hopes of playing again this season," Olsen said.
Olsen added that he and the training staff will "re-examine our options this offseason in regard to my foot and our path forward."
"To say I am disappointed in the development would be an understatement," Olsen said. "I believe my greatest career achievement has been my ability to play every game for over a decade. Unfortunately the last two seasons have not continued that trend."
Falcons place Pro Bowl LB Jones on IR
The Atlanta Falcons have placed linebacker Deion Jones on injured reserve, taking a second 2017 Pro Bowler from the defense in less than a week.
Jones hurt his foot in Thursday night's 18-12 opening loss at Philadelphia. In a statement released by the team, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Jones will require surgery but is expected to return this season.
On Friday, Quinn announced safety Keanu Neal suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
Jones must remain on IR for at least six weeks. He then would have two weeks to return to the roster. The earliest date he could return would be on Nov. 11 for Atlanta's game at Cleveland.
Second-year linebacker Duke Riley may take Jones' spot in the starting lineup. Quinn said Friday a combination of Damontae Kazee and Jordan Richards will be the first options to replace Neal.
Redskins re-sign WR Brian Quick
The Washington Redskins have re-signed wide receiver Brian Quick.
The team announced the signing Tuesday in a flurry of roster moves that included putting rookie receiver Cam Sims on injured reserve. Quick spent last season with Washington and was released Sept. 1.
Bringing back Quick makes sense after the Redskins lost Sims and and Trey Quinn and Cam Sims to high-ankle sprains in a season-opening victory at Arizona on Sunday.
Quick dressed in 11 games last season, making six catches for 76 yards. He's a favorite of Gruden's and was on the bubble to make the roster out of training camp.
Washington also elevated defensive back Kenny Ladler to the active roster from the practice squad and waived linebacker Josh Keyes.
Packers put Trevor Davis on IR
The Green Bay Packers have placed receiver and return man Trevor Davis on injured reserve, and claimed cornerback Deante Burton off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.
Davis missed the season opener against Chicago after adding him to the injury report just a couple of hours before the game on Sunday. The third-year player and primary returner also missed much of training camp with a sore hamstring.
"When Trevor showed up at the stadium, his hamstring was really bothering him — more than I think even he expected," coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. "So we took him out on Lambeau (Field) and we had a pregame workout and he wasn't ready to go."
Davis' absence also means more potential opportunities on offense for Green Bay's three drafted rookie receivers behind the top trio of Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.
Burton played on defense and special teams in the Falcons' season-opening loss to Philadelphia. He started the first week on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster.
Atlanta moved Burton from receiver to the secondary after signing him as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Kansas State in May 2017. He spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad.
The Packers on Tuesday also released safety Marwin Evans from the practice squad, replacing him with cornerback Will Redmond. A third-year player, Redmond most recently was released by the Kansas City Chiefs before the start of the season.
Seahawks likely to be without Baldwin
The Seattle Seahawks are likely to be without wide receiver Doug Baldwin for at least next week's game at Chicago and possibly longer due to an MCL injury to his right knee.
Coach Pete Carroll was vague Tuesday about the specifics of Baldwin's injury but indicated it would be difficult for Baldwin to make it back to face the Bears and that it could be a couple of weeks. Baldwin was injured in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-24 loss to Denver.
With Baldwin expected to be out, there is likely to be a greater emphasis on Seattle's running game going into next Monday's game at Chicago.
Carroll said he was pleased with the performance of running back Chris Carson in the opener. But Carson and rookie Rashaad Penny had just 14 combined runs. Seattle had 16 total runs among 55 offensive plays.
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