Sep 10, 2022; Stanford, California, USA;  Stanford Cardinal running back E.J. Smith (22) runs with the football during the first quarter against the USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford RB E.J. Smith, son of Emmitt, out for year

Stanford coach David Shaw announced Tuesday that running back E.J. Smith, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, is out for the year with an undisclosed injury.

Smith was injured Sept. 10 when the Cardinal lost to Southern California. He sat out the following week’s loss to Washington. Until recently, the junior was expected only to miss 1-2 weeks.

“I don’t think there’s an option for him to continue (this season),” Shaw told reporters. “He’s got to get his body taken care of. Trust me, he wishes it was not this way.

“He told me last week, ‘Coach, I can’t wait to play against Oregon. I’m going to be there for you. I need to get back in there.’ But the doctors are right and it’s wise for him — both now and for his future — to get this taken care of and come back in (2023) bigger, faster, stronger.”

Smith had gained 206 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns on 30 carries over Stanford’s first two games. He also had caught eight passes for 63 yards and a score.

His father, the longtime Dallas Cowboys running back, is best known as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, having gained 18,355 yards in 15 seasons.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) tries to break a tackle by Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Bears LB Roquan Smith (hip) questionable vs. Texans

Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith is listed as questionable with a hip injury for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texas.

Smith missed practice all week and coach Matt Eberflus is hopeful the fifth-year-pro will play against the Texans.

Smith, 25, has 20 tackles in two games this season. He topped 100 in each of his first four NFL campaigns, including a career-best 163 last season.

Solid cornerback Jaylon Johnson (quadriceps) also is questionable, while receiver Velus Jones Jr. (hamstring) is doubtful.

Chicago has ruled out linebacker Matthew Adams (hamstring), defensive back Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) and tight end Ryan Griffin (Achilles).

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) falls on his head after he catches the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs coach: Chris Godwin, Donovan Smith likely out vs. Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles didn’t sound too confident that wide receiver Chris Godwin and left tackle Donovan Smith would be available to play in Sunday’s game at the New Orleans Saints.

Neither player participated in practice this week after sustaining their respective injuries in Tampa Bay’s 19-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Godwin, who injured his hamstring versus the Cowboys, was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss to the Saints on Dec. 19.

“He’s in play by a small margin but we’ll see on Sunday,” Bowles said of Godwin. “If I had to guess, I’d say he wouldn’t.”

Smith hyperextended his right elbow in the second quarter last weekend. Backup tackle Josh Wells likely would get the start should Smith be unable to play.

“Not out — Donovan will be close,” Bowles said. “It will be hard for him to make it, but we’ll see. The rest of the guys we’ll see on Sunday.”

The “rest of the guys” include a number of wide receivers, including Mike Evans (calf) and Julio Jones (knee).

Both Evans and Jones missed Thursday’s practice, however they were spotted warming up prior to Friday’s session. The team had yet to release an official injury report.

Fellow wideouts Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee), running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring), right tackle Tristan Wirfs (abdomen) and cornerback Zyon McCollum (hamstring) were listed as limited in practice on Thursday.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) before a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey ready to go vs. Browns

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is fully cleared for Sunday’s season-opening game against the visiting Cleveland Browns.

McCaffrey went on the injury report Thursday due to a cut shin but he was a full practice participant Friday and didn’t receive an injury designation.

McCaffrey has played in just 10 of a possible 33 games over the past two seasons due to ankle and shoulder injuries. But he is potent when healthy and has gained 3,587 rushing yards and 3,015 receiving yards with 30 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving scores in 58 games (52 starts) over five NFL seasons.

Linebacker Brandon Smith (thigh) was added to the injury report on Friday. He was limited in practice and is listed as questionable for the Browns game.

Tight end Giovanni Ricci (hip) and kicker Eddy Pineiro (left hip) were full practice participants.

Though Pineiro was fine at practice, the Panthers signed kicker Taylor Bertolet to the practice squad and coach Matt Rhule termed him as an emergency option for the game. The Panthers also cut tight end Josh Babicz.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Captain Obvious? Steelers’ Mitch Trubisky favored to be first QB benched

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be trying to portray confidence in Mitch Trubisky by naming him a captain, but oddsmakers aren’t buying into his prospects as the team’s long-term answer at quarterback.

The former No. 2 overall draft pick (2017) was named one of five team captains by a vote of the players on Monday and was later tabbed the starting QB ahead of the Steelers’ regular-season opener at Cincinnati on Sunday.

Trubisky, 28, is with his third team in as many years as he enters his sixth NFL season. He signed as a free agent in March, a month before the Steelers made former Pitt star Kenny Pickett the first quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Trubisky completed 24 of 34 passes for 283 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions during the preseason. Pickett, 24, was 29 of 36 for 261 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, while veteran backup Mason Rudolph took the rest of the snaps.

While Trubisky is positioned to open the season under center for Pittsburgh, he was also being offered as the 3-1 favorite to be the first quarterback benched this season in a market opened by SportsBetting.ag on Monday. After the Bengals, the Steelers play host to New England before traveling to Cleveland in Week 3.

The next shortest odds belonged to Baker Mayfield, who won the job in Carolina even before Sam Darnold suffered an ankle injury that will sideline him for at least the first four weeks of the regular season. Mayfield’s backup to begin the season is PJ Walker.

One of the tightest quarterback battles throughout the preseason was waged in Seattle, but veteran Geno Smith has only the seventh-shortest odds at SportsBetting.ag to be the first starter to lose his job. His backup is Drew Lock, who was acquired from the Denver Broncos in the Russell Wilson blockbuster trade.

First QB Benched Odds
Mitch Trubisky: 3-1
Baker Mayfield: 6-1
Daniel Jones: 6-1
Davis Mills: 7-1
Carson Wentz: 9-1
Marcus Mariota: 9-1
Geno Smith: 10-1
Trey Lance: 10-1
Jameis Winston: 12-1
Jared Goff: 12-1
Justin Fields: 14-1
Ryan Tannehill: 14-1
Tua Tagovailoa: 16-1
Jalen Hurts: 25-1

–Field Level Media

Aug 18, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyler Smith (73) and offensive tackle Matt Waletzko (71) stretch during joint practice against the Los Angeles Chargers at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys to entrust untested rookie at left tackle

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones resisted the urge to make a trade to fix the left tackle spot, anchored in the belief he has the man for the job on the roster.

Jones said the Cowboys considered all options — presumably including a trade — when they learned Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith would miss months with a knee injury. Moving All-Pro guard Zack Martin, a tackle at Notre Dame who has played left tackle in an emergency for the Cowboys, wasn’t a thought this time around.

That’s because Jones said the Cowboys ultimately settled on rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith, even though the untested 21-year-old has never practiced there with the team.

“We’ve got to get him out here and get him practiced here over the next couple of weeks relative to any issue he had with a little high-ankle (sprain),” Jones said. “But we don’t think that’s serious enough to limit his preparation. Now, what is the case is he hasn’t been there at left tackle. He is a rookie. But he’s a first-round pick and he deserved to be a first-round pick in my mind. And so we knew — we just didn’t want it to come any earlier than it needed — but we knew we had to get ready to replace our left tackle and he was the pick.”

Tyler Smith was projected to be a guard in the NFL by Field Level Media’s draft analysts entering the 2022 NFL Draft. He entered the draft as an underclassman and won with upper-body strength and raw power at Tulsa, but “athletic limitations might be exposed outside” at tackle, per the FLM pre-draft scouting report.

Dallas has had success turning out consistent performers drafted in the first round — Martin was picked No. 16 in 2014, Tyron Smith went ninth in 2011 — and Smith went No. 24 overall.

The Cowboys open the season at home Sept. 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

–Field Level Media

Aug 18, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA;  Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) wears a Guardian helmet cap during joint practice against the Los Angeles Chargers at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Cowboys LT Tyron Smith out months with knee injury

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith needs surgery to repair an avulsion fracture in his left knee and could miss 12 weeks, NFL Network reported.

Smith, 31, left Wednesday’s practice with what was thought to be a severe hamstring injury. Testing revealed the hamstring tendon behind the knee separated from the bone, creating the fracture, per reports.

Smith, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, did not damage his ACL.

The injury occurred during an 11-on-11 drill, when Smith buckled while attempting to make a block on linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, according to multiple reports. Smith walked off the field, and he later walked out of the locker room without a limp and with no knee brace or sleeve, the Cowboys’ website reported.

Left guard Connor McGovern said, according to the Dallas Morning News,”I was in pass protect, and all the sudden, I see him on the ground. I didn’t even care … where the ball was downfield. I instantly just went to him.

“You saw literally everyone on the offense, even defensive guys, running over there. When a guy like that goes down — it doesn’t even matter who it is, this team is so close. Everyone is trying to get over there and see if they’re all right and get them back up.”

McGovern added that he later interacted with Smith in the locker room.

“He gave me a nice, reassuring grunt like he usually does,” McGovern said, according to the Morning News. “That’s one thing, playing next to him for so long, I can decipher his grunts. ‘I think he’s all right.’”

Smith, 31, is a two-time All-Pro. In 11 seasons with the Cowboys, he has started all 144 games he has played. Neck surgery cost him all but two games in 2020, and ankle injuries and time on the COVID list limited him to 11 games last year.

–Field Level Media

Jul 27, 2022; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) passes during training camp practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Geno Smith to start Seahawks’ preseason opener vs. Steelers

Geno Smith will be the first quarterback on the field for the Seattle Seahawks when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in Saturday’s preseason opener.

Smith has been taking most of the No. 1 repetitions in practice and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ended the suspense Tuesday when he said Smith is “going to start the game this weekend.”

Smith is batting Drew Lock for the starting gig. Lock was acquired in the offseason deal that sent longtime starter Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

Carroll said Smith performed well during the team’s “mock game” last Saturday.

“He’s still doing it,” Carroll told reporters of Smith, who is 13-21 as an NFL starter. “He played well, too. He was really solid. He really started well. Had a couple great drives right off the bat. In the second half, we weren’t quite as clean with the stuff we were doing. A little raggedy at the line of scrimmage and it showed. But he had a really good start.”

Lock also did well, according to Carroll. But an overthrow on a sure touchdown hurt his showing.

“He was on time, quick with the football, made good decisions,” Carroll said of Lock. “It’s unfortunate he missed the chance on the ball down the middle late in the game — that would have made it a nice little topping to the day’s work. But he was really comfortable and poised.”

Lock, 25, produced an 8-13 record as a starter while appearing in 24 games for Denver from 2019-21. Last season, he threw for 787 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in six games (three starts) while serving as the backup to Teddy Bridgewater.

Smith, 31, went 1-2 as a starter for Seattle last year when Wilson was out with a finger injury. Overall, Smith saw action in four games and passed for 702 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

Smith previously had a 12-18 mark in starts for the New York Jets from 2013-16, and he lost his lone start for the New York Giants in 2017.

Overall, he has passed for 6,917 yards, 34 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in 45 games with the Jets, Giants (2017), Los Angeles Chargers (2018) and Seahawks (2019-21).

Wilson, 33, was the Seahawks’ starter since he was drafted in 2012. He led the team to two Super Bowls, winning one, and made the Pro Bowl nine times.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Robert Quinn (94) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars running back Dare Ogunbowale (33) as Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) looks on during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

No holdout: Bears LB Roquan Smith, DE Robert Quinn report to camp

Contract posturing might not have ended for All-Pro linebacker Roquan Smith and defensive end Robert Quinn, who reported to the Chicago Bears on schedule for the start of training camp.

Smith and Quinn are angling for contract extensions following stellar seasons in 2021 and are unsigned past 2022.

Smith, 25, is owed $9.7 million this season and already proved he’s willing to draw a line in the sand on money matters, having held out for the first month of camp as a 2018 rookie in a contract language dispute.

NFL Network reported Smith doesn’t plan to participate in training camp workouts based on his expiring contract.

“I love the player and the person,” first-year GM Ryan Poles said of Smith on Tuesday.

Poles said the Bears are aware of contract situations with several key veterans — running back David Montgomery has also entered the final season of his contract — that will be addressed. The Bears are scheduled to have nearly $115 million in cap space in 2023.

Quinn, 32, did not attend offseason workouts or mandatory minicamp after posting 18.5 sacks last season. He has $12.8 million due in 2022, but has a history of back injuries and has been rumored to be on the trading block.

Though the Bears unloaded Quinn’s sidekick Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers, Poles said he hasn’t discussed trading Quinn.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith (91) celebrates sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion (14) in the second quarter during their football game Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers re-sign LB Preston Smith, to release LB Za’Darius Smith

Green Bay Packers linebacker Preston Smith signed a four-year contract extension that reportedly comes with a chance to make $71 million over the next five seasons.

Smith signed the deal Monday as the Packers work to reduce their salary-cap burden for 2022.

Another pass rusher, Za’Darius Smith, was released on Monday by the Packers. He underwent back surgery in 2021 after recording 13.5 sacks in 2019 and 12.5 in 2020.

Za’Darius Smith, 29, carried a $27.66 million cap figure for 2022 and will count more than $12 million against the cap upon his release, a savings of more than $15 million for the Packers.

Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith signed in the team’s 2019 free agent class.

Multiple reports pegged the value of the four-year extension for Preston Smith, tacked on to the final year of his current deal, at $52.5 million, and $65 million over the length of the five-year contract. With incentives, Preston Smith could earn $71 million.

Preston Smith, 29, had 9.0 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2021 and has 49.5 career sacks in seven seasons.

He played for the Washington franchise from 2015-18 before joining the Packers.

–Field Level Media