NFL roundup: Latest league news from Monday, Oct. 4

Justin Fields won his first game in the NFL on Sunday. But he hasn't won the Chicago Bears' starting QB job.

Coach Matt Nagy said the pecking order hasn't changed from a week ago and Andy Dalton will start Week 5 against the Raiders -- if he's available.

"We've gotta see where Andy's at health-wise," Nagy told reporters Monday, adding that he should know better by Wednesday. "When Andy's healthy, he's our starter. Justin's the 2. Nick (Foles) is the 3."

Dalton was inactive for Chicago's win over the Lions and has been sidelined for two-plus games because of a knee injury. Fields rebounded from a rough debut start a week ago by completing 11 of 17 passes for 209 yards with an interception while guiding a ground-heavy attack to a 24-7 win.

There is comparable concern in the other part of the Bears' backfield coming out the weekend.

David Montgomery ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns but had to exit early with a knee injury. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Montgomery is believed to have avoided major injury but did suffer a hyperextension and could miss a few weeks. Moreover, Damien Williams suffered a thigh bruise, per Rapoport. He's expected to be OK and will start while Montgomery is out.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Trayvon Mullen (foot) and cornerback Damon Arnette (groin) were ruled out in the second half against the Chargers. Tight end Derek Carrier (shoulder) did not return after getting injured in the first half.
  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's calf injury a contusion and not as bad as initially thought. Garoppolo will be reevaluated on Wednesday and has a chance to play Sunday. Offensive tackle Trent Williams (shoulder) also has a chance to play Sunday and is day-to-day. Tight end George Kittle (calf) is day-to-day, as well, but kicker Robbie Gould is expected to miss three-to-five weeks with a groin injury.
  • Miami Dolphins receiver Will Fuller suffered a broken finger Sunday against the Colts, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Fuller is considered week-to-week. Coach Brian Flores told reporters Fuller won't play Week 5 against the Buccaneers. Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (quad) is day-to-day. Miami also hopes to see defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (knee) return this week from injured reserve.
  • Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera confirmed that linebacker Jon Bostic is likely out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle and cornerback Torry McTyer is out for the year with a torn ACL.
  • New England Patriots defensive end Henry Anderson suffered a season-ending torn pectoral injury against the Buccaneers, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. An MRI confirmed what the team initially feared regarding Anderson's injury.
  • Detroit Lions pass rusher Romeo Okwara is confirmed to have suffered a torn Achilles, per Rapoport. Coach Dan Campbell confirmed the injury. Campbell added that center Frank Ragnow is dealing with a turf toe and is unlikely to play next Sunday against the Vikings.
  • Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said running back Christian McCaffrey will attempt to practice Wednesday to see where he's at with his hamstring injury. Linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot), and offensive linemen John Miller (shoulder) and Cameron Erving (knee) will undergo MRIs on Monday, Rhule said.
  • Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (ankle) is considered day to day and will be limited this week, coach Zac Taylor said.
  • Denver Broncos rookie cornerback Patrick Surtain II is expected to be OK after leaving Sunday's game against the Ravens with a chest injury, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Rapoport. Coach Vic Fangio said Surtain is day-to-day.
  • Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPNSeattle defensive end Carlos Dunlap suffered a turf toe injury versus the 49ers that will make it hard for him to play Thursday night against the Rams.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars activated offensive lineman Walker Little from the reserve/COVID-19 list and placed wide receiver D.J. Chark and offensive lineman A.J. Cann on injured reserve.
  • Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander's shoulder injury is still being evaluated, coach Matt LaFleur told reporters.
  • Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said linebacker Matt Milano (hamstring), Jordan Poyer (ankle) and Taron Johnson (groin) are all day to day.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers placed defensive tackle Justin Jones and linebacker Kenneth Murray on injured reserve. Rapoport added that Murray, who injured his ankle in practice this past Saturday, is expected to return after missing three games.
  • Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive, Rapoport reported via the wire.
  • Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said cornerback Byron Murphy is day to day with a rib injury and defensive lineman Jordan Phillips is week-to-week. Phillips has been on IR since Sept. 2 with an undisclosed injury.
  • Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in the team's estimated practice report.
  • Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson (ribs), tight ends Tyler Higbee (ankle) and Johnny Mundt (shoulder) and safety Taylor Rapp (ankle) were listed as limited participants in the team's estimated practice report.

Roster signings

  • The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Lawrence Cager to the practice squad.
  • The Miami Dolphins are signing center Austin Reiter off the Saints' practice squad, per Pelissero.
  • The Arizona Cardinals signed safety Chris Banjo to the active roster from the practice squad.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers signed defensive lineman Forrest Merrill to their active roster, and elevated nose tackle Breiden Fehoko.
  • The Carolina Panthers signed linebacker Kamal Martin to the active roster from the practice squad.
  • The Indianapolis Colts claimed defensive tackle Khalil Davis off waivers from the Buccaneers.

Roster cuts

News

  • Former New York Jets running back Josh Adams cleared waivers and has elected not to re-sign with the team's practice squad, Pelissero reported. The fourth-year back wants to see what other opportunities are out there given the rash of RB-needy teams.

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