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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).

Ronald Darby gives glimpse of why Howie Roseman pulled trigger on trade

Ronald Darby gives glimpse of why Howie Roseman pulled trigger on trade

The Eagles' trading of wide receiver Jordan Matthews was met with mixed reviews.

The arguments ranged from fair to, frankly, kind of silly. I definitely understand the numbers. Matthews was crazy productive in his three seasons with the Eagles and had become a reliable target for franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. Plus, he's Wentz's best friend and Wentz was super sad.

But seriously, I don't want to take away from what Matthews meant to his teammates, especially Wentz. But the reality is he's a limited, slot receiver who likely would've commanded too much money to return next season.

Here's the bottom line: Ronald Darby showed Thursday why Howie Roseman pulled the trigger on trading Matthews and a third-round pick.

So you may wonder, why would the Bills give up on a 23-year-old corner if he's so promising?

You all know the story by now. After having a tremendous rookie season, Darby struggled in Year 2. The former second-round pick was limited with a hamstring injury early in the season and suffered a concussion in Week 12. Factor health in with a Bills defense that struggled as a unit and a team entrenched in turmoil that resulted in the firing of its head coach and GM, and Darby wasn't exactly set up for success.

Darby also didn't fit the mold of what Buffalo is now looking for in a corner. New head coach Sean McDermott utilized long corners when he was in Carolina. After losing veterans Josh Norman and Charles Tillman, the Panthers drafted James Bradberry and Daryl Worley in 2016. Both measured at 6-foot-1 with 33 3/8 arms at the combine. Darby also excels in man coverage. Last season under McDermott, Carolina played more zone coverage than any team in the NFL.

Darby is by no means perfect. The positives: crazy fast, quick feet, tremendous anticipation. The negatives: suspect hands, not a great tackler, gets lost in zone coverage at times. All of that was on display against his former team Thursday.

On his first snap, he missed an open field tackle against LeSean McCoy. Who cares? So have most of the DBs in the league. Besides, his main job is to cover receivers. Give me a corner that can stick an opposing team's No. 1 receiver over one that's a good tackler any day of the week.

With that said, Darby looked explosive in coverage. During the Bills' second possession on 2nd-and-10, Tyrod Taylor was looking for Anquan Boldin on a 10-yard out. Darby breaks up the play, and there's so much to like about it. Darby is playing off man, giving Boldin a cushion. Darby has one eye on Boldin and the other on the quarterback. He's able to time it perfectly and use his speed to close the gap quickly. The only thing you'd like to see is him finish the play. It's an easy pick-six if he does. 

Speaking of finishing, Darby didn't waste his second opportunity. Still, in the first quarter, Taylor decides to take a shot down the field after a LeGarrette Blount fumble. Boldin tries to beat him with a double move, but Darby doesn't take the cheese (something he did often at Florida State). Taylor faces heavy pressure from the Eagles' front and heaves it up for grabs. Darby snags it and goes 48 yards on the return.

The most impressive thing on both plays is Darby's ability to keep his eyes on the quarterback while maintaining coverage. That's what allows him to anticipate throws and recognize routes so well. For years the Eagles have lacked a corner with the ability to turn around and play the football. Darby's unbelievable speed and foot quickness allow him to do so.

To keep this in perspective, Darby was facing a quarterback in Taylor that he saw an awful lot of over the last two-plus years. He was also covering the 36-year-old Boldin, who's been with Buffalo for a little over a week. But impressive none the less.

Does one preseason game mean Darby is the next Darrelle Revis? Of course not.

But he has a chance to be a pretty damn good corner.

Jordan Matthews out with chip fracture in sternum

Jordan Matthews out with chip fracture in sternum

Jordan Matthews is off to a rough start in Buffalo.

According to the Bills, Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum during his first practice on Sunday and is listed as week to week. That obviously means Matthews won't play on Thursday night against the Eagles at the Linc.

Matthews was able to finish practice but was then not made available to reporters in Buffalo. 

When the injury occurred is uncertain; per the Associated Press, he fell hard along the sideline during a team drill while attempting to make a leaping catch in one-on-one coverage with cornerback Shareece Wright.

It's unclear if Matthews will even travel with the Bills to Philadelphia this week for the game.

Meanwhile, Ronald Darby, the Eagles' return in the trade, practiced for the first time in an Eagles uniform at the NovaCare Complex on Sunday (see story). He looked pretty good too.