A beleaguered Oakland Raiders pass rush took a hit on Sunday that's likely to hobble the unit for the remainder of the season.
Oakland defensive end Arden Key broke his foot on Sunday against the Lions and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday morning.
Rapoport added that Key is getting a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson to confirm the initial view.
With a sack in each of the last two games, Key has two on the season, which is good enough for second on the Raiders, who have just 15 sacks on the year.
A third-round pick by the Raiders out of LSU in 2018, Key was a starter in 10 games as a rookie, but was yet to start in 2019. Still, over the last two games he began to find his stride, but is now likely done for 2019.
On the other side of the ball, starting center Rodney Hudson (ankle) and right tackle Trent Brown (knee) returned to practice in a limited capacity on Tuesday.
Here are other news items we're monitoring on Tuesday:
»Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) is unlikely to play on Sunday against the Cowboys, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday. Pelissero explained that Thielen's strained hamstring didn't get any worse during his brief playing time against the Chiefs, but he could feel it pulling.
The Jets are also signing linebacker Paul Worrilow, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. Worrilow hasn't played since 2017 with the Lions, but the one-time starter with the Falcons signed with the Ravens in August only to announce his retirement a day later. Apparently that retirement has ended and he's headed to New York.
In other Jets news, New York placed cornerback Trumaine Johnson and receiver Josh Bellamy on injured reserve.
»Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said running back James Conner is likely to be limited in practice this week, at least in the early going, and at the end of the week the team would make a decision "accordingly" as to whether he will play on Sunday against the Rams. Conner did not play against the Colts in Week 9.
Tomlin also told reporters that offensive lineman Ramon Foster remains in the league's concussion protocol but should be at practice Wednesday. Running back Benny Snell remains out following his knee surgery.
» The Miami Dolphins waived defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche played in two games for the Fins.
Shurmur also said that wide receiver Sterling Shepard remains in the concussion protocol. Shurmur would not speculate if Shepard could be shut down for the rest of the season, but he did say that Shepard's concussion and its continued symptoms a "serious issue," per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Giants cornerback Sam Beal (hamstring) was activated off injured reserve the team announced on Tuesday and waived safety Sean Chandler.
The Eagles waived veteran safety Andrew Sendejo, who appeared in nine games with one start this season.
»San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander (torn pectoral) was officially placed on injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday. San Francisco also promoted linebacker Elijah Lee to the active roster from the practice squad.
» The Buffalo Bills announced they have signed defensive tackle Corey Liuget, who worked out with the team on Monday. Linebacker Maurice Alexander (knee/calf) moved to injured reserve to make room on the roster.
» The Green Bay Packers activated safety Ibraheim Campbell from the physically unable to perform list and released linebacker Tim Williams.