Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) on the field during a time out in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals  at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys’ Randy Gregory to have knee surgery

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory will have surgery on his left knee, ESPN reported Friday.

He appeared in 12 games (11 starts) in 2021, missing four games because of a calf strain and one due to COVID-19, but dealt with a lingering knee injury.

This season, Gregory had 19 tackles (four tackles for loss) along with 17 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception.

Gregory, 29, will be an unrestricted free agent in March.

The Cowboys selected Gregory in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and his time with the team has been marked by turmoil.

In 2016, he was suspended for 14 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He also was suspended for the entire 2017 and ’19 seasons, for two games in 2018 and for the first six games of 2020.

In 50 games (12 starts) with the Cowboys, he has 85 tackles (19 for loss), 52 quarterback hits, 16.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.

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Dec 17, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Coastal Carolina Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall (10) attempts a pass against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the second half of the 2021 Cure Bowl game at Exploria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall undergoes surgery

Coastal Carolina standout quarterback Grayson McCall will miss spring drills after undergoing surgery on Thursday.

The school declined to reveal details of the surgery, but McCall posted a picture on his Twitter account showing his right (throwing) arm in a sling. He was posing with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

“Surgery went better than expected! Extremely thankful for Dr. Andrews and his staff for getting me right,” McCall tweeted. “I truly appreciate all the prayers and messages over the last couple of days. Be right back, gotta go attack this rehab!”

The school said McCall will be ready for the 2022 regular season.

McCall missed two games in November due to what the school termed an “upper-body injury.” He missed those games after departing a 35-28 victory over Troy in the third quarter on Oct. 28 when he was the recipient of a hard tackle.

McCall passed for 2,873 yards, 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions in 11 games this season while winning Sun Belt Player of the Year honors for the second straight season. He guided Coastal Carolina to an 11-2 record.

McCall considered entering the NFL draft after this season before electing to remain with the Chanticleers.

Coastal Carolina also said that defensive end Josaiah Stewart will miss spring practices due to an unspecified surgery. Stewart had 12.5 sacks in 2021 and earned some freshman All-American honors.

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield laughs as he watches his teammates warm up before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Cleveland.

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Browns’ Baker Mayfield undergoes successful surgery

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield took to social media on Wednesday to announce that he had successful surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left non-throwing shoulder.

With his left arm in a sling, Mayfield addressed his followers during a 70-second video on Twitter.

“We’ll check that box off to get this fixed, and now it’s onto the road to recovery,” Mayfield said in the video. “It’s not going to be an easy one, but it’s going to be one that I remember, and it’s going to be a special one. I’ll keep you guys updated. Thank you so much.

“This is not the end of my story. It’s going to be one of those things where I look back and remember one of those challenges and adversity that I’ll try to take advantage of, and it’ll make me a better person.”

The surgery was performed by Dr. Orr Limpisvasti of The Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. The expectation is Mayfield will make a full recovery in four-to-six months, thus putting him in line for the start of training camp.

Mayfield, 26, threw for 3,010 yards with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.

While Cleveland did pick up the fifth-year option on Mayfield, there are no trade restrictions on the option, which pays him $18.66 million in 2022. More than half of the NFL’s 32 teams could be in the market for a starting quarterback in the offseason.

In four seasons as the starter, the 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick has a 29-30 record.

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Sep 13, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts with strong safety Quandre Diggs (37) after a play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks S Quandre Diggs (leg) recovering after surgery

Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs is recovering after surgery to repair his broken fibula and dislocated ankle.

“Surgery was a success! Super grateful! Thank you all!” Diggs tweeted Tuesday night.

Per NFL Network, the procedure was performed with no complications Tuesday by Dr. Robert Anderson. Diggs faces a recovery time of 4-5 months.

Several Seahawks teammates reportedly requested to stay behind in Arizona with Diggs following Sunday’s 38-30 victory against the Cardinals.

He sustained the injury while making a tackle in the fourth quarter. He left the field on a cart after medical staff stabilized his right leg.

Diggs led the Seahawks with five interceptions and recorded a career-high 94 tackles in 17 games this season. He has 19 career interceptions in 103 contests, including 38 with Seattle and 65 with the Detroit Lions.

Diggs, who turns 29 on Jan. 22, is set to become a free agent during the offseason.

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Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Derrek Tuszka (48) celebrates a sack of Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) with defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (92) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Browns QB Baker Mayfield set for left shoulder surgery

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield needs shoulder surgery and the operation might supersede Cleveland wrapping up the 2021 season with Game No. 17 on Sunday.

Cleveland was eliminated from the postseason picture on Sunday. With no playoffs, Mayfield still started Week 17 — a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night — before turning the page to what’s next.

Mayfield was intercepted twice and sacked nine times by the Steelers, punctuating what the former No. 1 overall pick has said was a painful season in more ways than one. Mayfield said he played in the “Monday Night Football” game because of his competitive nature.

“Now it’s time for me to start looking at what’s in the best interest of me and my health,” he said after the game.

Mayfield is tied for 20th in the NFL with 17 touchdown passes and ranks in the bottom third of the league in quarterback rating. His 13 interceptions are tied for ninth most in the NFL.

The Browns haven’t commented on the timing of the surgery, one of the numerous issues that landed Mayfield on the injury report this season. He has a tear in the labrum in his left shoulder.

General manager Andrew Berry did hint at a commitment to Mayfield in August with the Browns coming off of a playoff run. But Berry also said if Mayfield “plays his best” the contract would take care of itself.

An expected farewell from Ben Roethlisberger at Heinz Field might prove to be the last time the Browns start Mayfield. While Cleveland did pick up the fifth-year option on Mayfield, there are no trade restrictions on the option, which pays Mayfield $18.66 million in 2022.

More than half of the NFL’s 32 teams could be in the market for a quarterback in the offseason.

“It’s not gonna always be pretty or smooth, but I’m a fighter,” he said. “If anybody ever questions how much I want it, just turn on this tape. It wasn’t pretty, but I kept going, kept swinging; that’s who I am, and that’s what I will continue to be.”

In addition to the torn labrum, the 26-year-old Mayfield has battled left foot soreness and a right knee contusion this season. He also has had to wear a harness on the left shoulder to prevent it from popping out of place again.

“I’ve continued to lay it out on the line when I haven’t been healthy and tried to fight for our guys,” Mayfield said. “Right now, I’m pretty damn beat up, to be honest with you. There’s no way around it. I gave it everything I had tonight.”

In four seasons as the starter, the 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick has a 29-30 record.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Billy Turner (77) blocks Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Von Miller (40) while quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws downfield during their game Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Green Bay Packers beat the Los Angeles Rams 36-28.

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Reports: Aaron Rodgers not pursuing toe surgery during Packers’ bye

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing with a fractured pinkie toe, but ESPN and NFL Network reported Monday that he is not planning to undergo surgery to repair the injury this week while the Packers are idle.

The Packers have a bye week in Week 13 before returning to the field Dec. 12 against the Chicago Bears. That would give Rodgers some time for it to heal up before he has to play again.

But Rodgers did not seem hindered by the toe when he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in Green Bay’s 36-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The win lifted the Packers to 9-3.

“The toe felt good most of the game,” Rodgers said Sunday. “Was just actually in talking with the docs. Not sure at this point; we’re going to do some more testing in the morning and get a better view of what’s going on in there, and then make a decision at that time.”

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Monday that surgery does not appear to be Rodgers’ course of action.

Rodgers said he broke the toe while quarantining with COVID-19 earlier this month. He did not practice all week leading up to the Rams game.

The reigning league MVP has thrown for 2,878 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions with a 66.2 completion percentage in 11 games.

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Oct 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) rushes during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (neck) to have season-ending surgery

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson elected to undergo season-ending surgery for a neck injury that has kept him sidelined since Week 4.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday that Carson, who was already on injured reserve, will be back in 2022.

Carson was designated to return to practice earlier this month but was never activated to the main roster. His surgical procedure is to fix what Carroll characterized as “wear-and-tear.”

The Seahawks’ lead back only played four games in 2021 and carried the ball 54 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns, adding six receptions for 29 yards. He was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2018 and 2019 and has gained 3,502 rushing yards in 49 games (48 starts) over five seasons with Seattle.

He has 24 rushing touchdowns and seven receiving scores in his career.

The Seahawks (3-6) have relied on Alex Collins and Rashaad Penny in the run game since Carson’s injury.

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Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) before the game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, Friday, October 15, 2021.

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Clemson WR Justyn Ross to have surgery, enter draft

Clemson wideout Justyn Ross will have foot surgery and then prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Thursday.

Ross will not play Saturday when Clemson (7-3, 5-2 ACC) hosts No. 10 Wake Forest (9-1, 6-0). The Tigers finish the regular season at South Carolina on Nov. 27.

Ross leads Clemson with 46 receptions for 514 yards and three touchdowns.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound redshirt junior has been dealing with a stress fracture in his foot throughout the season.

Ross, who missed the entire 2020 season after spinal fusion surgery, finishes his Clemson career with 159 catches for 2,389 yards and 20 touchdowns in 38 games.

As a 2018 freshman, Ross caught six passes for 153 yards with a 74-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 44-16 defeat of Alabama in the national championship game.

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Sep 18, 2021; Athens, Georgia, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Zeb Noland (8) runs the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina QB Zeb Noland has knee surgery, expected back Nov. 6

South Carolina quarterback Zeb Noland is expected to play Nov. 6 against Florida, despite undergoing surgery Tuesday for a meniscus tear in his right knee.

The Gamecocks have a bye this weekend.

Coach Shane Beamer said Wednesday that Noland’s surgery “went really well.”

“He’s back in the facility this morning, moving around pretty good, believe it or not, after a procedure like that yesterday,” Beamer said.

Noland started the season as a graduate assistant but became the starting quarterback. He started the first three games, then Luke Doty took over. Doty now is out for the season following foot surgery, and Noland is expected to start going forward.

On the season, Noland has completed 39 of 67 passes for 512 yards, with six touchdowns and an interception.

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Oct 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) celebrates with defensive back Jonathan Jones (31) after breaking up a pass in the end zone during the second half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pats CB Jonathan Jones (shoulder) done for season

New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones will have surgery on his injured shoulder Monday and is out for the season, NFL Network reported.

Jones, 28, was put on injured reserve last week. He sustained the injury during the Patriots’ Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Jones’ first start of the season.

The Pats were already thin at cornerback following the trade of Stephon Gilmore. Shaun Wade (concussion) missed his third straight game Sunday against the New York Jets.

Jones had played in all six games this season, collecting 20 tackles, one interception and three passes defensed. He has seven career interceptions in 85 games (27 starts) in five-plus seasons, all with the Pats.

He signed with the Pats as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

–Field Level Media