Injuries, Position Battles Highlight Saturday's NFL Preseason Action

Six more games, a handful of costly injuries and a few position battles highlighted Saturday's NFL preseason action.

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Vincent Brown Injury: Chargers WR Breaks Ankle, Out At Least 8 Weeks

Per Kevin Acee, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown will be out approximately eight weeks after breaking his ankle in Saturday night's game 28-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys. He will undergo surgery tomorrow.

Brown appeared to land awkwardly on his ankle after catching an 18-yard pass from QB Charlie Whitehurst. With his foot elevated, Brown was carted off the field. Prior to his injury, Brown had 2 catches for 32 yards on the night.

After a strong college career at San Diego State, Brown was drafted by the Charges in the third round of the 2011 draft. In the 2011 season, he played in 14 games for the Bolts and amassed 329 yards on 19 receptions.

Going into training camp, he was expected to take the place of former Charger Vincent Jackson and was thought to be out-playing current veteran WR Robert Meachem. Coach Norv Turner was quoted as saying, "He’s in the middle of having an outstanding training camp, and he obviously is a playmaker, so he’s a guy that’s going to figure real strongly in what we do."

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Brian Orakpo Injury Update: Redskins LB To Have MRI On Sunday

Brian Orakpo of the Washington Redskins is scheduled to have an MRI on his left pectoral after injuring it on Saturday night against the Chicago Bears, according to Tarik El-Bashir via twitter.

Orakpo was attempting to make a tackle in the first quarter before hurting himself and staying down for several moments. Eventually, he left the field with the training staff and didn't return to the game at any point.

The injury is worrisome especially because it occurred to the same pectoral muscle that required surgery following last years season finale.

Orakpo is a major part of the Redskins defense coming into his fourth season with the team. In his first three campaigns, Orakpo has 28.5 sacks to lead the team in that time-frame. Any time without him on the field would be a serious hit to the Redskins and their dreams for 2012.

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LaMichael James Injury: 49ers RB Says He Won't Miss Any Practices

LaMichael James, rookie running back for the San Francisco 49ers, says he will not miss any practice time despite an injured ankle suffered Saturday night against the Houston Texans, according to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Network.

James was injured when he was caught in a pileup late in the fourth quarter and had his left ankle severely twisted, having to be helped off the field before being carted to the locker room. it was the second injury of the game for the 49ers, with expected starter Brandon Jacobs injuring his knee in the first quarter.

A second round pick for the 49ers int he 2012 NFL Draft, James had put up 19 yards on four carries before being injured.

The 49ers lost the game 20-9 to the Texans.

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Brandon Jacobs Injury: 49ers RB Will Have MRI Sunday

RB Brandon Jacobs was helped off the field after injuring his knee in San Fransisco's loss 20-to-9 loss to the Houston Texans. At the end of Jacobs' only rush of the game, Texans CB Kareem Jackson made direct contact with Jacobs' leg, causing the player to remain on the ground for a few minutes. Once returning to the sidelines, Jacobs was unable to put any weight on his leg as he made his way to the lockeroom.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter's twitter feed, x-rays on Jacobs' knee were negative; however, he will have an MRI on Sunday. Matt Maiocco of CSN reported that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has confirmed Jacobs leg/knee injury, but does not consider it to be season-ending; however the RB will be out of the lineup for an unspecified amount of time.

This is a tough break for running back who was looking to revive his career in San Francisco after five seasons with the New York Giants. The loss, whether it be short or long-term, will not have a devistating impact on the 49ers. In addition to Jacobs, SF has Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter to pick up the carries.

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Anthony McCoy, And How A Backup Tight End Makes A Team

Want to know how to make a team as a backup tight end with questionable pass-catching skills? You do what Anthony McCoy did in the second half of Saturday's matchup between the Seahawks and Broncos. This is how you seal off an edge and take the one man who can make a play out of the picture.

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Engage, hold the block, pancake. Pretty effective.

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Brandon Hardin Injury: Bears Safety Leaves On A Stretcher

Chicago Bears rookie Brandon Hardin was removed from the field on a stretcher during a preseason game on Saturday night.

Hardin hit the Redskins' Logan Paulsen in the hip while making a tackle, and his head snapped back. You can see the play in question here:

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Hardin would stay down on the field for a while and had to be removed on a stretcher. He raised his arms on the stretcher, eliciting cheers from the crowd.

Hardin was taken by the Bears in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft despite missing the entirety of his senior season at Oregon State in 2011. He had 47 tackles and a sack for the Beavers as a junior in 2010.

There is no further update on Hardin's condition at this time.

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Dez Bryant With The Best Catch That Didn't Count

He didn't get both feet in, but whatever. This catch by Dez Bryant is pretty damn cool. And by pretty damn cool, I mean it's amazing.

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That's one hand and a neat contortion to try and tap the toes. Seriously, it's incredible.

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Red Bryant, Still Athletic

That large man with his hands in the air is Red Bryant. He's about 323 pounds. He's also incredibly athletic.

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Never forget the stiff-arm.

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VIDEO: Mark Sanchez Throws Pick-6

Well, the Jets have a few problems. The thing is, all of them relate to the offense. There's Wayne Hunter, the right tackle that can't seem to block. And there's Mark Sanchez doing ... well, I have no real idea what he was doing. But the Giants were happy to take advantage and return a Sanchez pass 77 yards for a touchdown.

Let's relive all the fun, shall we?

On the plus side, we're probably pretty close to Tebow Time. So that's something, I guess.

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Ahmad Bradshaw Injury: X-Rays Negative

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw exited Saturday's game against the New York Giants for x-rays on his hand, according to Mike Garafolo of NJ.com. Bradshaw exited early in the second quarter with the Giants leading the Jets 3-0.

Bradshaw, who rushed for 72 yards in the Giants' Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots last season, had only three carries for two yards before leaving the game.

While the extent of Bradshaw's injury is unknown, Garafolo has also reported the following:

Ahmad Bradshaw coming out of the locker room and headed toward the bench. Nothing on his hands. -Twitter

Bradshaw's issue seems to be right around the bottom knuckle of his index finger. That's where they keep pointing. -Twitter

While offensive linemen can put a padded club over hands, it's obvious that a running-back's hands are vital to his success.

The Giants currently lead the Jets 6-0 with 10:00 left in the 2nd quarter on two field goals from Lawrence Tynes.

UPDATE: (August 18, 8:20 PM ET): X-Rays were negative

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Giants-Jets, Redskins-Bears Highlights Week 2 Preseason Action

The second week of the preseason cruises along with six games on Saturday night.

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