NFL notes: At least 3 hurt in stabbing after Chargers-Broncos game

Injured Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will miss his sixth straight game.
Injured Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will miss his sixth straight game.

Investigators said the stabbing of at least three people in a parking lot at Sports Authority Field after the Denver Broncos game Thursday night stemmed from a fight over a near fender-bender.

Police spokesman Steve Warneke said officers were called to a ‘‘very chaotic’’ scene just before 10 p.m. (Mountain Time) and found three people suffering from non-life-threatening stab wounds.

A fourth may have been stabbed, but that person left the area by the time officers arrived.


Justin Lee Manzanares, 29, is being held for investigation of assault charges, Warneke said. Two others were taken into custody but were released pending further investigation.

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‘‘It doesn’t appear that this was related to the outcome of the game. It doesn’t appear that this was Broncos versus Chargers,’’ Warneke said.

Denver was upset by San Diego, 27-20.

Police said Manzanares pulled a knife from a sheath he was wearing on his belt and cut or stabbed all three people. They say the fight started after he pulled out of a parking spot and nearly hit the victims’ vehicle.

In the game, the Chargers (7-7) held off the Broncos (11-3) behind two TD receptions from Keenan Allen and 127 yards rushing from Ryan Mathews.


The Broncos lost rookie cornerback Kayvon Webster, who fractured his right thumb. Webster had surgery Friday. He might miss a game and will have to play with a cast for several weeks.

Also announced Friday, Broncos linebacker Von Miller was fined $25,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers out again

While saying Aaron Rodgers feels ready to play, coach Mike McCarthy said the quarterback wouldn’t be taking snaps against Dallas Sunday. This will be the sixth straight game Rodgers misses. Rodgers has been sidelined since he broke his collarbone early in Green Bay’s loss to the Bears Nov. 4. Rodgers had practiced on a limited basis this week . . . Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee will not play against Green Bay because of a neck injury . . . Seattle rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin was in a walking boot at practice and is questionable for the Rams’ game against the Saints . . . The Falcons ruled safety Thomas DeCoud (concussion) out for their game against Washington.

Jason Pierre-Paul to shut it down?

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury after being ruled out for New York’s game against the Seahawks. Coach Tom Coughlin described Pierre-Paul’s injury as a strain and added the doctors have not cleared him to practice or play.

According to an ESPN report, doctors have recommended that Pierre-Paul sit out the rest of the season . . . Center Max Unger (pectoral) and tight end Zach Miller (ribs) are both probable for the Seahawks but Percy Harvin’s recovery continues to be slow. Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin, who was ruled out, has been unable to overcome lingering soreness in his hip.

Optimism for Adrian Peterson


Adrian Peterson returned to practice for the Vikings despite a sprained right foot, but is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Peterson practiced after being held out Wednesday and Thursday. He spent the earlier part of the week in a walking boot and was restricted to work in a pool before Friday. Coach Leslie Frazier and Peterson wouldn’t say for sure if the running back would play, but both appeared optimistic. Peterson’s backup, Toby Gerhart, is dealing with a hamstring injury and is questionable, too . . . Dexter McCluster was listed as questionable for the Chiefs’ game against the Raiders on Sunday after a small cut that he picked up on his ankle in the mud and snow last week against Washington got infected. The Chiefs were preparing to play without left tackle Branden Albert (hyperextended knee), tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion), and linebacker Justin Houston (dislocated elbow).

Jets’ Stephen Hill to IR

The Jets placed wide receiver Stephen Hill on injured reserve with an ailing left knee. The speedy Hill had just 24 catches for 342 yards and a touchdown in what many expected could be a breakout year . . . Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso is questionable for their game against Jacksonville after tweaking his knee in practice Friday . . . The Jaguars will likely be without starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and strong safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh) against the Bills. Jacksonville also released defensive end Jeremy Mincey after he was late for a meeting. Mincey was inactive for two games and fined last month after showing up late . . . The Bengals (9-4) haven’t allowed a sack in any of the last three games, matching their franchise record for protecting the quarterback. They also went three games without a sack in 1977, 2007, and 2010, according to STATS LLC.

Ex-Patriot Donald Jones recovering

Former Bills and Patriots receiver Donald Jones had kidney transplant surgery Dec. 3 and was released from a New York hospital Wednesday with a good prognosis for a full recovery. He was first diagnosed with IgA nephropathy — an auto-immune disease affecting the kidneys — during his sophomore season at Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pa. Jones continued playing, spending two more years at Youngstown State.