Latest NFL News & Rumors: Monday, September 12

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott To miss several weeks with hand injury

  • The injury happened late in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s loss to Tampa Bay and Prescott underwent surgery on Monday.
  • ESPN’s Todd Archer reported Prescott will miss six-to-eight weeks. Dallas has its bye week in Week 9.
  • For the time being, Cooper Rush is expected to take over as the starter while Will Grier serves as the backup. Head coach Mike McCarthy said they are actively looking to add a third quarterback.
  • Rush led the Cowboys to a win in his lone start last season, completing 24-of-40 passes for 325 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception. He earned a 56.7 PFF grade on the season.
  • The Cowboys also lost starting LG Connor McGovern to a high ankle sprain and starting safety Jayron Kearse to an MCL sprain last night. Both players will miss time.

Pittsburgh Steelers OLB TJ Watt tears pec, extent of injury remains unclear

  • Watt, the NFL's reigning Defensive Player of the Year, suffered the injury in the final seconds of the fourth quarter and told team trainers “I tore it” upon leaving the field.
  • If doctors determine Watt needs surgery, his season would likely be over. A no-surgery approach would sideline him for roughly six weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Watt is getting second and third medical opinions.
  • Watt was playing like his usual self prior to the injury, earning an 84.6 overall grade. He finished the game with six tackles, a sack, two total pressures and an interception.
  • Malik Reed, who was acquired before the start of the season via trade with Denver, will have to step up alongside Alex Highsmith with Watt sidelined.

New England Patriots QB Mac Jones dealing with back spasms, not considered serious

  • The second-year quarterback was seen getting X-rays after Sunday’s loss to Miami, and his usual postgame press conference was canceled. 
  • Tests came back negative and Jones spoke to reporters on Monday and said, “I think I’ll be fine.” Jones suffered the injury on a hit from Dolphins safety Jevon Holland early in the fourth quarter that drew a roughing-the-passer penalty.
  • Jones finished the game 21-of-30 for 213 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He earned a 66.2 PFF grade.
  • The Patriots are set to play the Steelers in Pittsburgh this week. Jones said he expects to practice Wednesday and go through his “normal routine.” Veteran Brian Hoyer is his backup.

San Francisco 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell to miss two months

  • Mitchell suffered a sprained MCL just before the end of the first half of Sunday’s 19-10 loss to Chicago.
  • He had six carries for 41 yards – including two explosive runs before exiting. He earned a 79.8 rushing grade and 71.9 overall.
  • The 49ers turned to Jeff Wilson Jr. as the primary running back while undrafted rookie Jordan Mason serves as the backup. Third-round rookie Tyrion Davis-Price was inactive for the game. 
  • Similar to last season, Deebo Samuel also contributed in the running game on Sunday, carrying the ball eight times for 52 yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin to miss time with hamstring injury

  • Godwin was active for the first time since tearing his ACL late last season on December 19th. He left the game in the first half after pulling up and grabbing his hamstring. 
  • Head coach Todd Bowles said on Monday the injury appears to be less significant than the team initially feared. The expectation is Godwin will miss some time – and it’s fair to assume the team will take a slow approach with his return.
  • Godwin had three catches for 35 yards before exiting the game, earning a 64.6 grade. 
  • The Bucs will be on the road once again in Week 2 as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. Expect Russell Gage to have a more significant role with Godwin sidelined.

Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett tears ACL

  • Barnett went down midway through the third quarter with a non-contact injury and did not return to the game.
  • A first-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2017, Barnett re-signed with the team this offseason on a one-year deal. 
  • He played a career-high 718 snaps last season and earned a 61.8 overall grade. He has been serving as a rotational piece behind Brandon Graham and Josh Sweat.
  • “Obviously that's a big blow for us,” head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters. “I love the way that Derek Barnett comes to work each day and plays with grittiness and toughness. He'll be missed.”
  • Tarron Jackson, drafted in the sixth round last year, is expected to help replace Barnett. 

Baltimore Ravens CB Kyle Fuller tears ACL, OT Ja'Wuan James tears Achilles

  • Fuller, a two-time Pro Bower, signed with Baltimore this offseason on a one-year deal and started Sunday’s game with Marcus Peters sidelined.
  • The injury happened with about a minute left in the game. Brandon Stephens, a third-round pick last year, would be the next man up alongside Marlon Humphrey. Peters is still not 100% back from his ACL tear last year, but the belief is he's getting close.
  • James started for Baltimore on Sunday in place of the injured Ronnie Stanley. It was his first game back from a 2020 Achilles tear from when he was still with the Denver Broncos
  • He played 24 snaps, earning a strong 86.0 pass-blocking grade and 65.3 overall. Patrick Mekari filled in for the rest of the game. Stanley was listed as doubtful for the game, but the expectation is he’ll be back sooner than later.

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