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NFL Notes: Bears to start Trubisky; Raiders' Carr out 2-6 weeks

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NFL Notes: Bears to start Trubisky; Raiders' Carr out 2-6 weeks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try.

The team says the No. 2 overall draft pick from North Carolina will start against the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games.

It's hardly a surprise that the Bears (1-3) will go with Trubisky considering how badly Glennon has struggled. He has five interceptions and three lost fumbles. He got picked off twice, lost a fumble on a sack and had another snap ricochet off his knee for a lost fumble in Thursday's 35-14 loss at Green Bay (see full story).

Raiders: QB Carr to miss 2-6 weeks with back injury
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders will be without quarterback Derek Carr for two to six weeks after he injured his back in a 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Carr left the Raiders' game at Denver late in the third quarter Sunday after being shaken up on a sack.

Carr was hit by defensive end Shelby Harris and was going down when defensive end Adam Gotsis flew in and wrapped a padded arm between his helmet and shoulder pads.

Carr remained on the ground for several moments as team trainers and medical personnel came on to the field to tend to him. He eventually was able to get up and walk off the field on his own power, holding his lower back (see full story).

Bills: Jordan Matthews breaks thumb
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills starting receiver Jordan Matthews and starting linebacker Ramon Humber are out indefinitely because of broken thumbs for a team already lacking experienced depth.

Coach Sean McDermott says the two will require surgery after both were hurt in a 23-17 win at Atlanta on Sunday.

Buffalo's receiver depth was already thin after Sammy Watkins was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in August, and Anquan Boldin retired two weeks after signing with the team in training camp.

Matthews was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in August. The fourth-year player leads Bills receivers with 10 catches for 162 yards, and scored his first touchdown of the season Sunday.

Vikings: Rookie RB Cook suffers torn ACL
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Dalvin Cook became the latest integral offensive player lost by the bad-luck-trodden Minnesota Vikings.

The team's fear of a torn ACL in the rookie running back's left knee was realized Monday, sealing the end of a promising rookie season.

Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis, signaling the switch to Latavius Murray as the primary ball carrier. Cook will have reconstructive surgery once the swelling subsides. Some additional cartilage damage was discovered, Zimmer said, but no additional ligaments were injured beyond the ACL.

"He's a great kid," Zimmer said. "I'm extremely impressed with everything he's done to this point. It's obviously a terrible thing for him, and for us, but we'll move forward and go on from there. He's a great worker, and I have no doubt that he'll come back from this" (see full story).

Seahawks: RB Chris Carson has fracture
RENTON, Wash. — Seattle running back Chris Carson suffered a fracture in his lower left leg when he was pinned in a pile in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks' win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday, coach Pete Carroll said the fracture was discovered just below Carson's knee.

Carroll said the initial concern was about Carson's ankle and initial examinations didn't show a fracture there but additional tests revealed the extent of the injury. Carroll said Carson will be out for a while.

Carson, a rookie seventh-round pick, had become Seattle's starting running back for the first month of the season.

Left tackle Rees Odhiambo was still in the hospital Monday morning, Carroll said. Odhiambo had breathing problems after the game (see full story).

Thanks to Michael Jordan, Alshon Jeffery has tons of shoes -- and much more

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Thanks to Michael Jordan, Alshon Jeffery has tons of shoes -- and much more

Alshon Jeffery calls them collector's items. 

In his house he has boxes and boxes of Jordans he's never worn. He doesn't even want to venture a guess as to how many he owns. 

"Some I may wear, some I may never wear," he said. "I've got so many shoes, man. I've got to put some in storage." 

For Jeffery, growing up in St. Matthews, South Carolina, Michael Jordan was everything. Jeffery was exactly eight years and four months old when Jordan hit that step-back jumper in the '98 finals against the Jazz and Jeffery completely fell in love with basketball. 

"I think any kid who even knew what basketball was back then wanted to be Michael Jordan after that," Jeffery wrote in ThePlayersTribune in March. "I was definitely one of them."

Basketball was Jeffery's first love and, naturally, Jordan was like a God. Long before he became an NFL player in the city where Jordan became a hero, long before he signed his first pro contract and long before he signed an endorsement deal with Jordan, Jeffery was already wearing his gear. 

Thanks to his accomplishments and ability as a football player, he got to not only meet Jordan but also become a member of the Jordan Brand family about four years ago.

"Coming from a small town, watching him as a kid, it's amazing," Jeffery said. "Because he takes care of his guys. We all are family."

As a Jordan athlete, Jeffery obviously gets a ton of gear. It's everywhere. On Thursday, he had 12 pairs of Jordan footwear in his locker at the NovaCare Complex: cleats, sneakers, slides. But that's not the only perk. He also gets to meet some really cool people and do some really cool things. 

What's the best experience he's ever gotten to have because of Jordan? 

Well, in 2015, he got to spend his 25th birthday at a private Prince concert.

"I think that was pretty cool," Jeffery said. "Rest in peace to Prince. I got to see him perform. Me and [Jordan's] birthday are around the same time. He had so many people up there. Every star that you can imagine was there, man. It was probably one of the best parties I've ever been to in my life."

Prince played at the private 30th-anniversary party of Jordan Brand at 23 Wall Street in New York on Valentine's Day, just three days before Jordan's birthday. According to published reports, celebrities like Jordan, Chris Rock, Jay Z, Beyonce, Rosario Dawson, Terrell Owens, Carmelo Anthony, Derek Jeter, Ludacris, Queen Latifah and Tim Meadows were in attendance.  

It was quite a lineup of stars. 

And quite a lineup of tracks from the musical icon. 

Prince played for over two hours and played the hits. Check out this setlist. Prince opened with Let's Go Crazy, closed with Purple Rain and played a ton of hits like When Doves Cry1999Kiss and Little Red Corvette in between.

And the whole time, a newly-turned 25-year-old Alshon Jeffery from St. Matthews, South Carolina — population just over 2,000 — stood there in awe and took it all in. 

That wasn't the only night Jeffery has gotten to hang out with some famous people by being a Jordan athlete. At every event the brand has, there are tons of famous Jordan athletes. 

Jeffery started going through the list: Andre Johnson, Jimmy Butler, Ray Allen, Michael Finley, Rip Hamilton. He could have kept going, but the reporter got the point. 

"Of course you talk about sports, they talk about who they got in they fantasy teams," Jeffery said with a chuckle. "It's back and forth. But everybody is pretty cool, man."

And then there are the shoes. 

This season, Jordan athletes in the NFL are wearing personalized cleats that celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Air Jordan XIII. Jeffery has a few different versions: green and black, all white, all black. 

Last year, Jordan Brand NFL players wore the Air Jordan IX. In 2015, they wore the Air Jordan VII

Before Jeffery came to town, the king of Jordan Brand in the Eagles' locker room was Jason Peters. According to the Eagles' media guide, Peters started his collection in 2006 and has a collection of over 2,500 in one giant closet of his home. Peters' personal favorites are the black and red 13s. 

What about Jeffery's favorite? 

"My favorite shoes are probably ... I like the 4s, I like the 3s, 14s," Jeffery said. "Of course the 11s. I think those are everyone's favorites, the 11. The 6s. Man, I like them all."

And maybe one day, he'll get around to wearing them all too. 

Injury-riddled Packers cruise to victory over rival Bears

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Injury-riddled Packers cruise to victory over rival Bears


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers keep finding ways to win despite more key injuries.

The Chicago Bears never recovered from a miserable start by quarterback Mike Glennon.

Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, and the injury-riddled Packers converted three turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over the mistake-prone Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Rodgers connected with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb on short touchdown passes to help build a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning between the first two periods. The Packers overpowered the Bears down the stretch to slog out a win as intermittent rain fell at Lambeau Field.

"We knew were going to get into a grind of a game. The turnovers were huge for us," coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Packers (3-1) lost two more key players to injuries. Adams left the field on a stretcher after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Danny Trevathan in the third quarter. Running back Ty Montgomery was knocked out in the first quarter with a chest injury.

But the Packers capitalized on an awful start by Glennon, who accounted for four turnovers.

"The number one thing I obviously have to fix is the turnovers," Glennon said.

He fumbled on his first snap on a strip sack by Clay Matthews. Rodgers hit Cobb for a 2-yard touchdown pass three plays later for a 7-0 lead.

The rout was on.

Glennon fumbled on his next series, too, but the Packers couldn't score on that drive.

It was only a matter of time because the mistakes kept mounting.

Glennon threw his second interception with 2:54 left in the third quarter. Six plays later, receiver Jordy Nelson caught his second touchdown pass, an 8-yarder from Rodgers, to make it a 28-point lead.

"This was a big character win for us," Rodgers said. "It's been a next-man-up, no-excuses policy."

Rodgers was 18 of 26 for 179 yards. He picked apart the Bears (1-3) on short, quick passes, a game plan in part necessitated by a patchwork offensive line. The Packers played without starting tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, and their three backup tackles are already on injured reserve.

The injury to Adams cast a pall late in the third quarter. The game was delayed for about 5 minutes while medical personnel tended to the receiver, who gave a thumbs-up signal as he was wheeled off the field.

The Packers said Adams was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation for possible head and neck injuries, and that he had feeling in all of his extremities.

"The news I was given on Davante -- everything looks positive. That's a great sign," McCarthy said.

Green Bay at least gets a long weekend to rest after another costly week on the field. Both the Packers and Bears were coming off overtime wins Sunday.

For Chicago, questions from Bears fans will persist about whether coach John Fox should turn to No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback following another lackluster night for Glennon. He finished 21 of 33 for 216 yards and one touchdown.

"Obviously a very poor performance. I think it starts at the top. We got outcoached, we got outplayed in every area," Fox said.

The Packers are 95-94-6 against the Bears, their first lead in the series since 1933. It's the oldest rivalry in football, dating to 1923. ... Matthews' sack on Glennon in the first quarter was the 75th of his career, breaking the franchise record since 1982 held by Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

Run it up
Bears: Jordan Howard ran for 53 yards on 18 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Packers: Rookie Aaron Jones, a fifth-round draft pick, had a team-high 49 yards on 13 carries and a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He was the only active running back left on the roster with Montgomery and backup Jamaal Williams (knee) both knocked out of the game.

National anthem
Players, coaches and other staffers locked arms on the sidelines during the national anthem. Many fans at Lambeau Field cheered and chanted "USA! USA!" while a large American flag was unfurled at midfield before the anthem.

Packers players released a statement this week saying they would intertwine arms before the game as a show of unity. They asked fans to join in the stands and at home, though it didn't appear that many fans locked arms. Many people in the crowd held up small flags during and after the anthem.

Up next
Bears: Host the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 9.

Packers: Visit the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 8.