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NFL Notebook: Packers QB Rodgers (knee) is day-to-day

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13 Sep 2018, 09:30 GMT+10

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Wednesday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers was expected to work with a group of players who are rehabilitating injuries.

McCarthy said that Rodgers is considered day-to-day by the Packers (1-0) as he nurses a left knee injury.

"It's not a setback," McCarthy said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "This is how it goes during the season. You have players in different categories."

Per McCarthy, Rodgers will be given the remainder of the week to prepare for the Packers' game against the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

"He's always responded, puts a lot of extra time in," McCarthy said. "So, we'll see what tomorrow brings."

Rodgers returned from a left knee injury to throw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes as Green Bay rallied to a 24-23 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

A two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and six-time Pro Bowl selection, Rodgers was injured when defensive tackle Roy Robertson-Harris fell on his left knee with about nine minutes to go in the second quarter.

Facing Minnesota likely won't bring back positive memories for Rodgers, who sustained a broken collarbone against the Vikings last season.

--Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters that he isn't concerned about his bruised right elbow and doesn't expect to miss any games.

"I don't plan on it," the 36-year-old Roethlisberger said on Wednesday, four days ahead of the Steelers (0-0-1) facing the visiting Kansas City Chiefs (1-0). "Maybe just today, but that's a typical Wednesday for me."

Roethlisberger, who routinely doesn't practice on Wednesdays, injured his elbow on the penultimate offensive play in the Steelers' 21-21 overtime tie with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection did not confirm or deny whether he had an MRI exam, per multiple media outlets. He completed 23 of 41 passes for 335 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions against the Browns. He also lost two fumbles on sacks.

--Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will be under center for Sunday's road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Doug Pederson announced.

Pederson said Carson Wentz has not been cleared for contact, thus giving Foles the nod. Wentz's status has been a hot-button issue as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL and LCL sustained in December during Philadelphia's march to a Super Bowl title.

Foles struggled throughout the preseason and labored in Thursday's 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, completing 19 of 34 passes for only 117 yards. He also had a pass intercepted, was sacked twice and fumbled, although the Eagles recovered.

Pederson also announced that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) has been cleared to resume individual work, but not team drills. Jeffery was taken off the physically unable to perform list one day before Philadelphia trimmed its active roster to 53 players.

--Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott named rookie quarterback Josh Allen as the team's starter for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Allen, who was the seventh overall pick of April's draft, will become the second member of the Class of 2018 to start at quarterback this season. Sam Darnold, who was the third overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, was under center in the New York Jets' 48-17 season-opening victory over the Detroit Lions on Monday.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Allen drove the Bills (0-1) to their only score of Sunday's 47-3 lopsided setback to the Baltimore Ravens -- a field goal by Stephen Hauschka. He also had what would have been a touchdown pass that was dropped by wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Allen finished 6 of 15 for 74 yards in relief of an ineffective Nathan Peterman. The rookie absorbed three sacks and was flushed out of the pocket on numerous occasions, leading to his 26 rushing yards on five scrambles.

--Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum, the team announced.

Hargreaves was injured while attempting to break up a pass intended for New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 48-40 victory over the Saints.

The 23-year-old Hargreaves recorded seven tackles, a pass breakup and a forced fumble prior to departing for the Buccaneers (1-0), who will host the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) on Sunday.

Hargreaves, who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 204 pounds, will have to sit out at least eight games for a Buccaneers' secondary that was ravaged in the season opener while playing without fellow cornerback Brent Grimes.

--Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL after throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for another in the team's season-opening win.

Fitzpatrick threw for a career-best 417 yards and also rushed for 36 more in the Buccaneers' 48-41 victory over the NFC South-rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday. His 453 combined passing and rushing yards are the third-most in a game in Buccaneers' history.

--Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Mahomes threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 21 yards in the Chiefs' 38-28 victory versus the Los Angeles Chargers.

Mahomes will test his mettle in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker T.J. Watt, who collected 11 tackles and four sacks in Sunday's 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns. Watt received AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Wednesday. Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording eight tackles, a sack and an interception in Sunday's 24-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

--The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of veteran quarterback Matt Barkley and gave him an injury settlement, the team announced.

The 28-year-old Barkley, in his sixth season out of USC, played in all four preseason games for the Bengals. However, he sustained a left knee injury in the preseason finale vs. Indianapolis and was placed on Reserve/Injured on Sept. 1 during final roster cuts.

The Bengals signed Barkley to a two-year contract in March, and had he remained on Injured Reserve he would have been eligible to compete for a spot with the team next season.

Andy Dalton is the Bengals' starting quarterback, with Jeff Driskel as his backup and Christian Hackenberg on the practice squad. It is believed Barkley would have been the backup had he not been injured.

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