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Cardinals’ Chris Johnson is out for season

Cardinals’ Chris Johnson is out for season

Cardinals running back Chris Johnson is hit by 49ers defensive lineman Ian Williams at the line of scrimmage.

(Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals put Chris Johnson on the injured reserve/designated to return list, a move that means the only way the running back will play again this season is if the team reaches the Super Bowl.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that Johnson chipped or fractured his left tibia where it meets the knee. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed details of the injury.

Johnson, 30, is fourth in the NFL in rushing with 812 yards.

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski has a bone bruise on knee

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a bone bruise and sprain of his right knee during the New England Patriots’ 30-24 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

He will be evaluated on a weekly basis and there is no timetable for his return, the team said.

Giants put guard Geoff Schwartz on injured reserve

The New York Giants put guard Geoff Schwartz on injured reserve and signed guard Adam Gettis off the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders.

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Schwartz, who started all 11 games, broke his left leg Sunday in Washington.

Gettis was with the Giants in training camp and did two stints on their practice squad this season. He was signed to the Raiders practice squad Nov. 17.

Season is over for Bills tackle Kyle Williams

The season is over for Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who was put on the injured reserve list

because of a left knee injury that has forced him to sit out the last four games

Officiating crew is reassigned

The NFL moved referee Pete Morelli’s crew off Sunday night’s game between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

Morelli’s crew will work an afternoon game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.

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The group of officials was criticized by both teams after the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Cardinals on Sunday. Arizona Coach Bruce Arians said the officials “can’t count to three.”

Side judge Rob Vernatchi from Morelli’s crew was suspended for one game this season for not properly keeping track of the game clock in a Pittsburgh-San Diego game. At the time, the league said the error would impact the full-season evaluation of Morelli’s crew.


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