Packers safety Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will be out approximately six weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the severity of the injury Monday, a day after the team’s 30-20 win at St. Louis.
Woodson, 36, broke his clavicle in the 2011 Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh. ‘‘He was a little nervous about it [Sunday] night,’’ McCarthy said. ‘‘If you’ve seen the play, it was a very similar action as he experienced in the Super Bowl.’’
Woodson was hurt with 2:44 left in the game when he dived for a pass that Sam Br adford completed to Brandon Gibson. He rolled around on the turf before getting up, holding his right shoulder. He stayed in the game for the next play, on which Bradford completed a pass to Steve Smith on fourth down. It appeared that Woodson, still in pain, allowed fellow safety Morgan Burnett to secure the tackle.
The Packers, who played without four defensive starters against the Rams, host Jacksonville on Sunday. The Jaguars have their own injury problems; running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not play against Green Bay and could be out for an extended period with a left foot injury sustained in Sunday’s 26-23 loss at Oakland. Rashad Jennings will start in place of Jones-Drew, who leads the team in rushing with 414 yards. Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has a chance to play despite an injury to his non-throwing left shoulder, suffered on a second-quarter sack.
Kelsay calls out Bills
Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay accused teammates of not playing hard, and says it’s time for players to start holding each other accountable. His frustrations boiled over one day after the defense collapsed in a 35-34 loss to Tennessee.
‘‘You watch film and not everybody was playing hard every snap. And that’s unacceptable,’’ Kelsay said. ‘‘It’s a blessing to be in this league. And then to go out there and lay an egg, there’s no excuses for it. I’m not pointing the finger. I’m looking in the mirror myself. But if you aren’t going to give us everything you’ve got, you shouldn’t be on the field.’’
The 10-year veteran is the defense’s longest tenured player. Buffalo (3-4) enters its bye week with several questions to address. The biggest involves fixing a high-priced defense that’s allowed an NFL-worst 1,238 yards rushing.
Chargers: No Stickum
Coach Norv Turner says nobody from the Chargers used Stickum in a loss to Denver on Oct. 15 or in any other game. Turner was reacting to an investigation by the NFL into whether the Chargers used a banned sticky substance. Turner says the team does use a towel, which is used by ‘‘a lot of teams in this league,’’ to dry the ball, gloves worn by players, and their arms. Turner says the NFL is looking into the towel. Fox Sports reported that officials made an equipment manager empty his pockets and found a skin-colored or clear type of tape . . . The Chargers placed kicker Nate Kaeding on injured reserve and plan to release him when he’s healthy. Kaeding kicked in the first three games before injuring his groin. His roster spot went to wide receiver Danario Alexander, who signed a one-year deal.
Panthers fire GM
Marty Hurney was fired as general manager of the Panthers, one day after star quarterback Cam Newton expressed his frustration with a 1-5 start.
Carolina has the worst record in the NFC in a season that began with big expectations. Hurney, the GM since 2002, spoke to owner Jerry Richardson before Sunday’s game and had an inkling he might be fired if the Panthers lost to the Cowboys. He met with Richardson again for two hours after the 19-14 loss — Carolina’s fourth straight — and was fired on Monday.
Saints’ Vitt returns
Fresh off his seven-week bounty-related suspension, Saints interim coach Joe Vitt did not wait an extra second to rejoin the team — in Florida. After watching Sunday’s game in the Tampa area, he flew back to New Orleans with the Saints after they beat the Buccaneers, 35-28, in a game Vitt was barred from attending.
The Saints lost their first four games under his interim replacement, offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. New Orleans has won two in row but still faces a battle to climb into playoff contention a year after finishing 13-3. First on Vitt’s agenda is fixing the NFL’s worst defense statistically.
The Saints have allowed a league-high 465.5 yards per game under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, including 513 to Tampa Bay.
A Giant talk
A day after he exchanged heated words with Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants coach Tom Coughlin addressed the issue with his No. 1 running back but would not disclose what was said. An angry and frustrated Bradshaw slapped teammate Victor Cruz in the back of the helmet after the receiver missed a block on a third-quarter run during the Giants’ 27-23 victory over the Redskins, and then screamed at his 66-year-old coach minutes later to run the ball more as the offense went on the field. Coughlin yelled right back at Bradshaw.
‘‘There’s never been any question about Ahmad Bradshaw’s toughness, his intensity level,’’ Coughlin said. ‘‘He plays the game hard. You’d like to have everybody play as hard he plays, to be honest with you. He gives it everything he’s got. You want people to recognize that fact, but sometimes you do have to control yourself and control your emotions . . . and he’s working on it.’’
Cooley to Redskins
Tight end Chris Cooley passed a physical exam and agreed to rejoin the Redskins. Cooley’s return to Washington comes a day after tight end Fred Davis was lost for the season with an Achilles’ tendon injury sustained Sunday’s against the Giants. Cooley, a two-time Pro Bowl pick, was released in August after eight seasons with the Redskins, during which he set the franchise record for receptions by a tight end with 428 . . . Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is expected to make his fourth straight start Sunday against Indianapolis as Jake Locker recuperates from an injury to his non-throwiing left shoulder. Locker, who injured the shoulder Sept. 30 for the second time in four games, just started throwing in practice last week . . . Titans left tackle Michael Roos had surgery to remove his appendix, and his status for Sunday’s game is undetermined. Roos has started every game since being drafted in 2005 out of Eastern Washington. Coach Mike Munchak also said linebacker Zac Diles broke his right leg and most likely will go on injured reserve . . . Browns starting guard Jason Pinkston won’t play again this season. Still hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs, Pinkston, who was placed on injured reserve, was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday with the life-threatening condition . . . Brady Quinn will take over as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback and Matt Cassel will serve as the backup beginning with Sunday’s game against Oakland. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel made the announcement before practice, shortly after meeting with the team that is off to a miserable 1-5 start. Both quarterbacks were informed earlier in the day . . . The Falcons, the NFL’s last unbeaten team, welcomed Corey Peters back to practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. The two-year starter at defensive tackle, on the reserve injured list with a stress fracture in his left foot, is eligible to make his season debut Sunday at Philadelphia.