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Around the NFL: 'I’m not a football expert,' Goodell says; Garrett injured; Watkins get new number

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Thursday, Sept. 7.

1. Myles Garrett has a high ankle sprain.

Garrett, the defensive end whom the Browns selected first overall in the 2017 draft, suffered a high ankle sprain this week and will miss at least two games, likely more.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the injury happened when a teammate fell on Garrett's right leg. The injury is not expected to require surgery.

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2. "I’m not a football expert," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says

Goodell, in an appearance on Fox Sports 1 Thursday morning, denied that unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by teams across the league.

"I want to see everyone get an opportunity, including Colin, but those decisions are made by football people,” Goodell said, via ProFootballTalk. "... I’m still convinced that he’ll get that opportunity when the right opportunity comes along."

But asked if Kaepernick's play was good enough last season, Goodell ducked the issue and replied, "I’m not a football expert."

"I’m a huge fan," Goodell added. "I have a role as commissioner also, but for me, I watch the games and enjoy and I let the football people make those decisions. And the reality is there’s 32 different decisions, and multiple decisions within an organization, so there’s always a dispute. The idea of who can play, who can’t play, who’s best for our system and not best for our system, are decisions that should be made by those 32 teams.”

3. The NFL is putting data-collecting chips inside of balls.

The chips won't be able to help officials with calls on the field, according to ESPN, but should provide teams and broadcasters with data such as speed and spin.

The chips weigh three grams and come built into the balls, Kevin Seifert wrote, adding that players have similar chips inside their shoulder pads.

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4. Aaron Donald will reportedly miss the Rams' opener.

Donald, the Rams' defensive tackle who is regarded as one of the league's best defenders, will miss the team's opener Sunday against the Colts due to a contract holdout, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Donald was not expected to play since he hasn't practiced with the team all summer, but some in Los Angeles were holding out hope. Per Schefter, Donald has already accumulated more than $1.4 million in fines for failing to report. Missing a game would cost him part of his $1.8 million base salary.

5. Sammy Watkins settled on jersey No. 12.

Watkins wore No. 14 during his time with the Bills, but he decided paying off the Rams' current No. 14, backup QB Sean Mannion, wasn't worth it.

According to the LA Times, Watkins could've had the number for roughly $5,000-$10,000.

“I just reminded myself like, it’s not that serious about a number,” Watkins was quoted as saying.

Watkins wore No. 2 in the preseason – his number from Clemson – but receivers have to wear Nos. 10-19 or 80-89 during the real games under league rules.

P.S.: The season kicks off at 8:30 tonight with Tom Brady and the Patriots versus the Chiefs on NBC.

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