Tennessee losing all-pro TE for year

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker has been placed on injured reserve after the Tennessee Titans’ season opener.

The Titans announced the move Monday before coach Mike Vrabel’s news conference. Tennessee signed tight end MyCole Pruitt off Houston’s practice squad.

Walker was hurt with 3:33 left in the Titans’ 27-20 loss in Miami when Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald tackled him at the end of a 15-yard reception. Walker was carted off after having his right ankle wrapped in an air cast.

No tight end has had more catches than Walker’s 356 receptions between 2013 and 2017. Walker, 34, signed an extension through 2020 in training camp . He was the Pro Bowl MVP in January and has been quarterback Marcus Mariota’s favorite target the past three seasons.

Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered no immediate updates on the injuries to three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen and second-team All-Pro right tackle Daryl Williams the day after were sidelined.

Carolina hopes to know more later Monday.

While the Panthers opened the regular season with a 16-8 win against the Dallas Cowboys, it did not come without a cost.

Olsen re-injured the right foot — the same one he fractured last season causing him to miss nine games — early on, and spent the second half of the Cowboys game watching from the sideline on crutches. Williams was carted off with a knee injury and did not return either.

If the players miss time as expected, rookie fourth-round draft pick Ian Thomas will get the start Sunday at tight end against Atlanta, while Amini Silatolu will likely fill in at right tackle.

Houston Texans

HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson looked rusty in Houston’s season-opening loss to New England, committing two turnovers and failing to move the offense consistently in his return from knee surgery.

Now the second-year quarterback must find a way to improve before Houston begins AFC South play on Sunday at Tennessee where the Texans will be without right tackle Seantrel Henderson.

Coach Bill O’Brien says Henderson is out for the season with an ankle injury. O’Brien says Henderson, who was brought in this offseason to improve Houston’s line, will have surgery on Tuesday.

Seattle Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks are still waiting to learn the severity of the injury to Doug Baldwin’s right knee.

Baldwin sprained the MCL in the knee early in Sunday’s loss to Denver.

Coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show on KIRO-AM in Seattle on Monday that there was no update on how long Baldwin may be out.

Baldwin was hurt in the first quarter and returned briefly in the second, but was on the sideline in street clothes after halftime. Baldwin did not have a reception.

Carroll said it would “be a miraculous return” if linebacker K.J. Wright was able to get back this week. Wright underwent knee surgery after Seattle’s third preseason game.

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