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The Facts: Oliver was taken off the field on a cart late in the first half of Sunday's preseason tilt with the Minnesota Vikings. Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source informed, the running back tore his Achilles and will miss the season.
Diehards Line: The Chargers lost tight end Jeff Cumberland to an Achilles injury last week. The devastating injury could have struck twice for the Bolts. Oliver's injury is a significant blow to the Chargers backfield depth. Melvin Gordon is the workhorse with Danny Woodhead the backup, but Oliver provided toolsy utility insurance out of the backfield. The compact back was adept both between the tackles and in the run game.
The Facts: The Los Angeles Rams have locked up Auston to a four-year contract extension. The deal is worth $42 million with $30 million in guarantees. Austin is now under contract for six years. Austin, the eighth overall pick in 2013, was the Rams' leading receiver last season. He also rushed for four touchdowns and scored on a punt return. He set career highs across the board. Yes, he only had two games with more than 50 receiving yards and none with over 100 but Austin can play multiple positions on the offense. He can be a running back, a return man and of course his primary position of wide receiver. Given space in the open field, Austin can turn a two-yard slant, into a long touchdown. With the QB problems the Rams faced last year, Austin was used in multiple packages across each game. Now, maybe the addition of rookie quarterback Jared Goff helps Austin take the next step in his career.
The Facts: The Cowboys announced that Romo suffered a broken bone in his back in Thursday night's game in Seattle.
Diehards Line: The team believes he’ll return this season. But Profootballtalk.com is reporting Romo will miss 6-10 weeks. Dak Prescott is next man up. ... We'll obviously have more as further details come to light.
The Facts: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Eifert, who just started jogging, is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return from ankle surgery.
Diehards Line: Eifert's hope is Week 4 but Rapoport suggested the tight end could try to push for Week 3. Tyler appears to be doing well after enough after May surgery to repair a loose ligament, but the Bengals are likely to play it safe with his return. While this is hardly ideal from a fantasy perspective, the clarity is helpufl. We'll follow up as developments warrant.
The Facts: Romo was only planning to play two series in Seattle on Thursday night. He only lasted three plays. Romo left the game after taking a hit from behind by defensive end Cliff Avril.
Diehards Line: On the play, Romo took a lot of time in the pocket before sliding to the ground too late, not sensing Avril. Romo immediately reached for his back and stayed on the turf until eventually walking off the field under his own power. Romo spoke at length with medical personnel on the sideline while backup quarterback Dak Prescott replaced him. Prescott stayed in the game, with Romo taking his helmet off one drive later after it was clear he wasn't going back in. The Cowboys' website's Nick Eatman wrote that Romo didn't return because of a coach's decision. Romo reportedly wanted to re-enter the game, but HC Jason Garrett didn't allow it. Garrett, however, did tell the Dallas broadcast at halftime that "his back was bothering him a little bit after that play. We don't think it's a serious thing, and we just felt better keeping him out. Dak came in and did a great job." Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said later on CBS 11, "After that little (Tony Romo) scare... I guess I got my breath. He's not injured. He was okay on the sidelines. ..." We'll continue to watch for more on this, but for now assume it's non-serious.
The Facts: Jones did not return to Thursday night's loss to the Dolphins after suffering an ankle injury.
Diehards Line: The injury came on a play where Jones drew a pass interference call on a deep pass in the first half. Cameras later showed Jones on the sideline, so it doesn't appear to be serious. We'll follow up as needed.
The Facts: The Cowboys announced that Bryant suffered a concussion in Monday's practice and will not play Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Diehards Line: The Cowboys have not played their starters in a preseason finale in years, which means Bryant's next appearance could be the Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Giants. Bryant took to Twitter Tuesday to tell Cowboys fans not to worry. "I promise I'm ok Cowboy nation," he wrote. In two preseason games, Bryant has four catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns, as he returns from a broken foot that required two surgeries and limited him to nine games last year. Bryant has had a productive training camp after being limited in his offseason work following a bone graft surgery in January. ... We'll follow up as needed.
The Facts: According to Bengals.com staffer Geoff Hobson, Eifert will try to jog today for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery in late May.
Diehards Line:Eifert added he's been running in treadmill in pool and ankle "feels pretty good." Eifert has been lifting as well as getting multiple treatments per day and claims he's had no setbacks. There is still some question as to his Week 1 availability -- and perhaps even beyond that. But this is still good news.