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NFL roundup: Latest league news from Monday, Sept. 27

Bad news follows the New York Giants' 0-3 start.

Starting linebacker Blake Martinez suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's loss versus the Atlanta Falcons, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, per a source.

Martinez's injury happened in the first quarter during the Falcons' first possession of the game. Attempting to tackle Cordarrelle Patterson, Martinez fell to the ground without contact along the Falcons sideline. Martinez was helped off the field and went to the Giants locker room under his own power before being ruled out by the team shortly thereafter.

The Giants defense will certainly feel the loss of their defensive play-caller and captain. Martinez, 27, led the team in tackles (151) in his first season with New York after signing a free-agent deal before the 2020 season. The sixth-year pro has registered at least 144 tackles in each of the past four seasons and was leading the team in tackles (21) through the Giants first two games.

As for notable injuries sustained on the offense, coach Joe Judge said Monday the team is still awaiting doctors' reports on the hamstring injuries to receivers Sterling Shepherd and Darius Slayton.

"Those are two key parts of our offense we don't want to be without," he said, per SNY.


  • Philadelphia Eagles safety K'Von Wallace (shoulder) was downgraded to out against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox left for the locker room during the fourth quarter with cramping. Guard Isaac Seumalo was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a foot injury.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said wide receiver Scotty Miller has a pretty severe case of turf toe. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Miller is likely headed to injured reserve. Cornerback Jamel Dean (knee) is still being evaluated. Running back Giovani Bernard is day-to-day after suffering a slight MCL sprain on his goal-line collision and flip against the Rams, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Bernard's status for Week 4 is to be determined. The team also activated linebacker Kevin Minter has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead is expected to miss several weeks with an elbow injury suffered in Sunday's win over the Patriots, Rapoport reported. Armstead's timeframe to return is around three to six weeks. The Pro Bowl blind-side blocker will likely be spelled by James Hurst, who logged over 50 snaps in Armstead's place on Sunday.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who exited Sunday's game early with a rib injury, is considered day to day after being diagnosed with bruised ribs, per Rapoport.
  • San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman suffered two bruised lungs along with tissue damage in the first half of Sunday night’s game against the Packers, Rapoport reported. The former Pro Bowler was taken to the hospital after spitting up blood and spent the night as a precaution, per Garafolo. Tests are ongoing, but Norman is in good spirits and hopes to play next week, Rapoport added.
  • Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said quarterback Andy Dalton remains week to week with a knee injury, and X-rays for rookie quarterback Justin Fields' hand came back negative.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson suffered a stinger in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals but is expected to be OK, per Rapoport. The Jaguars also designated wideout Tavon Austin (quad) for return off injured reserve and released Phillip Dorsett from the practice squad. Robinson was listed as a limited participant in Jacksonville's estimated practice report, along with guard Andrew Norwell (ankle) and defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle).
  • Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) will not be placed on injured reserve, though cornerback Jaycee Horn (foot) will.
  • Denver Broncos receiver KJ Hamler tore his ACL and is done for the season.
  • New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore has a concussion. Tight end Tyler Kroft is day to day with a chest injury.
  • Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor said cornerback Trae Waynes, who was inactive in Week 3 because of a hamstring injury, is day to day but that he's "optimistic" about his return. Waynes was listed as limited in Cincy's estimated practice report. Five players -- cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, safety Jessie Bates, receiver Tee Higgins, tackle Riley Reiff and guard Xavier Su'a-Filo -- were listed as DNPs.
  • The Baltimore Ravens placed rookie linebacker Daelin Hayes on injured reserve.
  • Los Angeles Rams linebacker Justin Hollins is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair his partially-torn pec muscle, per coach Sean McVay. Hollins, who was injured in Week 3 against the Bucs, will then be placed on injured reserve; he's expected to return this season. McVay also said running back Darrell Henderson (ribs) is "making good progress" and that he's "hopeful" the team will have him back this week.

Roster signings

  • The Dallas Cowboys elevated defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and running back Nick Ralston to their gameday roster.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles promoted guard Sua Opeta from the practice squad to the active roster.
  • The Detroit Lions re-signed wide receiver Javon McKinley and tight end Jared Pinkney to the practice squad.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars signed wide receiver Tim Jones and kicker Matthew Wright to the practice squad.
  • The New York Giants signed defensive back Jarren Williams to their practice squad.
  • The Carolina Panthers signed cornerback Rashaan Melvin.

Roster cuts

  • The Detroit Lions released long snapper Beau Brinkley and punter Lachlan Edwards from the practice squad.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders waived running back Trey Ragas.


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