ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders rookie safety Johnathan Abram will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending injury to his shoulder in the season opener.
Abram was injured in the first half Monday night against the Denver Broncos. He finished the game but will need to undergo surgery Thursday.
The Raiders were counting on Abram to be a key part of a revamped defense after drafting him 27th overall in April with the pick acquired from Dallas in last year’s Amari Cooper trade.
Abram brought high energy and physical play that had been lacking at times in the past for Oakland. His aggressiveness was apparent in the opener when he had five tackles and the pass breakup that led to his injury.
The Raiders did get some positive injury news in the secondary with cornerback Gareon Conley returning to practice two days after being taken off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury.
Conley got hurt when he was accidentally kicked on the top of the helmet by Abram while the two were tackling Royce Freeman in the third quarter. Conley reached for his head in pain immediately after his neck was compressed. Conley was strapped to a stretcher and taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Chargers’ Henry out with another knee injury
The Chargers have lost tight end Hunter Henry indefinitely to a tibia plateau fracture in his left knee, suffered Sunday in a 30-24 overtime victory over Indianapolis.
He wasn’t placed on injured reserve, the team thinking he could come back sooner than the eight weeks required by a move to injured reserve.
The Chargers, however, did not offer a more precise timetable for Henry’s return.
He missed most of last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, coming back to play briefly in the final playoff game, a 41-28 loss at New England.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that the team has had no contact yet with longtime Charger Antonio Gates about a return.
Patriots’ Brown practices amid sexual-assault allegations
Patriots receiver Antonio Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions.
Before the practice session, coach Bill Belichick declined to answer numerous questions about Brown, including his status for Sunday’s game at Miami. He deferred to the Patriots’ statement late Tuesday in which they said they were aware of the lawsuit and “take these allegations very seriously.”
Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. The NFL has declined to comment but will be opening an investigation into the matter.
In the less than five-minute portion of practice open to the media, Brown wore a No. 1 jersey and a visor with his helmet while going through warmup drills with teammates. Brown has worn No. 84 throughout his previous nine NFL seasons, but that number is currently being worn by Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson.
Browns: The girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith was killed in a roadside accident that happened after his car spun out on the highway.
The team said Petara Cordero died when she was struck by an oncoming car on I-90 West in Cleveland at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Cordero was a passenger in Smith’s Lamborghini, which had a tire malfunction and struck the median wall.
Cordero exited the vehicle and was standing on the road’s shoulder when a car driven by a 47-year-old woman smashed into the passenger side of Smith’s car.
According to a Cleveland police report provided by the Browns, Cordero was transported to Fairview Hospital and pronounced dead. Police said other the driver admitted drinking. No charges have been field and toxicology reports are pending.
Jets: Quincy Enunwa’s season is over after his second neck injury in just over two years. The New York wide receiver was hurt Sunday in the season-opening loss to Buffalo and told the team’s medical staff Monday that he wasn’t feeling right physically and had several tests.
The 27-year-old Enunwa missed the entire 2017 season after injuring his neck in training camp. He had bulging disks in his neck that required surgery, but it wasn’t immediately certain if the two injuries are related.
49ers: Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa is not practicing as San Francisco begins three days of workouts at Youngstown State.
The No. 2 overall pick from Ohio State missed the entire preseason with a high ankle sprain, but played 39 total snaps and had a sack Sunday in San Francisco’s 31-17 win at Tampa Bay.