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NFL Week 2 recap: Drew Brees may miss time with injured shoulder

Though he never left Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay, Saints quarterback Drew Brees (left) could find himself on the bench next weekend because of an injured throwing shoulder, leaving backup Luke McCown (right) to run the huddle.
Though he never left Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay, Saints quarterback Drew Brees (left) could find himself on the bench next weekend because of an injured throwing shoulder, leaving backup Luke McCown (right) to run the huddle.Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports

According to multiple media reports, Saints quarterback Drew Brees could miss time, perhaps several games, as he recovers from an injury to his throwing shoulder, but coach Sean Payton wouldn’t speculate on Brees’s status Monday.

‘‘It’s early right now. Today’s the day after [the injury],’’ Payton said when asked if he’d consider resting Brees this Sunday at Carolina. ‘‘Certainly we’ll do the best thing for him and where he’s at.’’

Brees was in the locker room Monday when it was open to reporters. He usually does not do interviews on Mondays and that was again the case. His outward appearance in the locker room offered no hint at anything unusual, but on Sunday he had acknowledged that one of the hits he took hurt his throwing shoulder and probably affected him on some throws.


Brees, who hasn’t missed a start because of injury since joining the Saints in 2006, never left Sunday’s 26-19 loss to Tampa Bay. He passed for 255 yards and a fourth-quarter TD pass to Willie Snead.

‘‘Obviously, I saw he wasn’t putting a lot of zip on the ball down the field, like past 30 yards,’’ Snead said.

But on shorter throws, Snead said, ‘‘I felt like he was putting a lot of velocity on the ball. I didn’t really see a difference. But I could tell his arm was hurting. Hopefully he’s OK.”

‘‘Drew’s a warrior,’’ the receiver added. ‘‘He’s going to do everything in his power to make sure he’s ready to go. He’s just that type of guy. He’s been doing this for a long time and he knows how to do it.’’

Romo out two months

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to miss about two months with a broken left collarbone, though he won’t need surgery.

The loss of Romo in Sunday’s 20-10 victory at Philadelphia means the defending NFC East champion Cowboys (2-0) will be without their starting quarterback and All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant possibly through October.


Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that tests revealed no ligament damage for Romo after the second broken collarbone of his career. The other was in 2010, and he missed the final 10 games of the season. However, Dallas was out of playoff contention before he could have returned.

The most optimistic time frame for Romo’s return is during a two-game Florida swing on Nov. 15 (Tampa Bay) and Nov. 22 (Miami). Otherwise, his absence could approach three months if he skips a short week for the Thanksgiving home game against Carolina and returns Dec. 7 at Washington.

Dallas hosts Atlanta (2-0) on Sunday.

Brandon Weeden replaced Romo against the Eagles and threw a clinching 42-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams in the fourth quarter.

Weeden started in place of Romo once last season after the Dallas starter sustained a back injury, losing to Arizona. It was Weeden’s eighth straight loss as a starter going back to his two-year stint with Cleveland after the Browns drafted him late in the first round in 2012.

Cutler’s return uncertain

The Bears can breathe a little easier knowing quarterback Jay Cutler suffered no major damage to his hamstring. However, it’s still not clear when he will return to the field.

Amid reports that Cutler will miss at least two weeks, coach John Fox said Monday his quarterback has a strained hamstring and that tests showed no major damage. Jimmy Clausen figures to start for the Bears (0-2) when they visit Seattle (0-2) on Sunday, although Fox would not confirm that.


Cutler was injured trying to make a tackle after getting intercepted in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. Cutler walked to the locker room after getting stiff-armed trying to take down Tony Jefferson as he returned the pick 26 yards for a touchdown late in the first half. It was not immediately known which of his hamstrings was injured.

The quarterback situation was far from the only concern for the Bears. Their performance against the Cardinals seemed to be ripped straight out of last year’s script.

The 48 points allowed were a franchise record for a home game, and they tied club marks by allowing seven touchdowns and collecting 170 penalty yards. The 108-yard kickoff return by Arizona’s David Johnson was the longest by an opponent.

The Bears also failed to register a sack, making them one of just three teams without one this season through Sunday.

“It is what it is,” Fox said. “We need to improve and we’re doing everything we can to do that.’’

Giants regroup

Despite a couple of heartbreaking last-minute losses, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday he intends to tell the team that the opportunity is there to turn their season around, starting with Thursday’s home game against the Redskins.

The NFC East seemingly is wide open with Dallas dealing with injuries, Philadelphia still winless, and Washington having much to prove. The reality is there are 14 games left.


‘‘Sooner or later, we just have to settle down and play the way we’re capable of playing when the game is on the line,’’ Coughlin said. ‘‘I don’t know how to say it any more simply.”

Seahawks remain focused

For a team that just fell to 0-2 to start the season, the Seahawks sounded relatively upbeat Sunday night after a 27-17 loss at Green Bay.

Coach Pete Carroll thinks his team will rebound, pointing to the success of reaching the Super Bowl last year despite starting 3-3 and 6-4.

‘‘I think that’s a really good point, and we don’t talk really in that manner. But we were not right last year for some time, too,’’ Carroll said. ‘‘We just need to clean up our game and get right, and hopefully we can do that and get started.’’

After two weeks of road games, the Seahawks finally get to play at home next week against another 0-2 team, Chicago.

Foster’s status uncertain

Texans coach Bill O'Brien didn’t rule out star running back Arian Foster returning to the lineup on Sunday. O'Brien said Foster, who injured his groin in training camp, is listed as day-to-day ahead of the Texans’ Week 3 home date against Tampa Bay. O’Brien confirmed tackle Jeff Adams is out for the season with a torn patellar tendon . . .

. . . The Redskins waived their top draft pick from 2013, cornerback David Amerson. Amerson was the 51st overall pick two years ago and started 15 games last season for Washington, but he was limited to special teams duty in Sunday’s 24-10 victory over the Rams. Coach Jay Gruden said Amerson ‘‘was just the odd man out, unfortunately’’ in a defensive backfield that will get cornerback Chris Culliver back this week after serving a one-game suspension . . . 49ers running back Carlos Hyde has a leg contusion that isn’t considered serious. He was hit in the head during Sunday’s loss in Pittsburgh but passed the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Jim Tomsula said. ‘‘He was cleared, I just didn’t want to put him back in,’’ the coach said . . . The Ravens obtained third-year cornerback Will Davis from the Dolphins for a 2016 seventh-round draft pick. Davis has played in 15 games overall, none this season . . . The Eagles signed Thad Lewis to be the No. 3 quarterback and released quarterback Stephen Morris. Lewis is 2-4 as a starter in six seasons. He’s on his sixth team.


Jags may lack Robinson

The Jaguars could be without running back Denard Robinson for several weeks. Robinson sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Sunday’s win over Miami. Jacksonville, which has the league’s 17th-ranked rushing attack, visits the Patriots on Sunday . . . Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has a fractured rib and his status for Sunday’s game at Dallas is in question. Coach Dan Quinn said he would not rule out the rookie, but Coleman will not practice on Wednesday and Thursday . . . The Vikings reinstated cornerback Jabari Price to the active roster after he served his two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Price was punished for a drunken driving arrest last December and pleaded guilty in April to a reduced charge of careless driving . . . Al LoCasale, who spent more than three decades as Al Davis’s confidant with the Raiders, has died. He was 82. No cause of death was given. LoCasale joined the Raiders in 1969 and retired in 2003 . . . The Vikings have parted ways with longtime mascot Ragnar the Viking. The team reported its contract with Joe Juranitch, the man who played Ragnar, expired during the offseason. Wearing a horned helmet and dressed in furs, the burly, bearded Ragnar would roar onto the field on a purple motorcycle. Juranitch has been playing Ragnar since 1994 . . . The NFL players’ union has launched Athlete Content & Entertainment (ACE Media), which will identify and create programming opportunities for athletes. ACE Media will begin by leveraging the NFL Players Association’s exclusive group player rights, giving it access to more than 1,800 active players.