Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jerry Jones not expecting Miles Austin back anytime soon


Miles AustinAP
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not optimistic about receiver Miles Austin returning soon from a hamstring injury.
Jones said after Saturday night’s preseason game that he expects to see some of the players who missed that game to return for the third preseason game. But not Austin.
He’s not one of the ones I’m thinking will be back,” Jones said, via DallasCowboys.com. “I wouldn’t discount it, but he’s not one of the ones that I have coming back.”
That probably means Austin will miss the entire preseason: Starters are usually shelved for the final preseason game, so Austin missing the third preseason game would likely mean the Cowboys will just have to hope he can be at full speed for the September 5 opener against the Giants. Austin missed the entire preseason last year, too.
Hamstring injuries have been a consistent problem for Austin, who missed six games last year.


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Brian Orakpo to get MRI on injured shoulder


Brian OrakpoAP
Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo will head for further tests on his left shoulder after he was forced from Saturday night’s game against the Bears.
Orakpo left the game in the first quarter after injuring the same shoulder he had surgically repaired this offseason. He remained on the sideline after leaving the game and didn’t have a sling on his arm as he watched the rest of the 33-31 Bears victory.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he’ll have an MRI on that shoulder on Sunday. Per Schefter, the Redskins aren’t overly concerned about the severity of the injury. Coach Mike Shanahan isn’t scheduled to meet with the media until Monday, which might mean the next update on Orakpo’s status will have to wait a little bit. We’ll also be watching for more details about the condition of safety Brandon Meriweather, who hurt his knee in the first half on Saturday.
Given Orakpo’s history, the precaution makes sense especially since the rest of the Redskins starting defense struggled while matched up against the starters from Chicago. The Redskins downplayed the struggles as the byproduct of a lack of game planning for the Bears, but a healthy Orakpo is still something they’ll need moving forward.


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Vincent Brown suffers broken ankle


Vincent Brown,  Akwasi Owusu-Ansah,  Mana SilvaAP
Chargers receiver Vincent Brown scored a touchdown in Saturday night’s preseason game, but it came at a significant price: Brown was hit in the end zone by Cowboys defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah just after scoring and suffered a broken ankle on the play.
Brown will have surgery and miss at least eight weeks, Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego reports.
The Chargers had high hopes this season for Brown, a 2011 third-round draft pick who caught 19 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. But surgery for a broken ankle will be a tough injury for any receiver to recover from and still contribute during the season.
After running back Ryan Mathews suffered a broken collarbone last week, the Chargers have now had two significant injuries to offensive skill position players, just two weeks into the preseason.


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