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Around the NFL: Greg Olsen to IR, Chris Long donates game checks for Charlottesville

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

1. Greg Olsen was placed on injured reserve 

Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen, a top fantasy selection at the position, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after breaking his foot against the Bills.

He'll be out six to eight weeks after having surgery, the Charlotte Observer reported, but could return later this season.

“He broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot – it’s called a Jones fracture,” the team's head athletic trainer, Ryan Vermillion, reportedly said. “He had a screw inserted to repair the fracture.”

The injury sounds a lot like Sammy Watkins' foot issue. Olsen's absence could mean more snaps for former Canisius basketball player Chris Manhertz, though Manhertz is seen as more of a run-blocking tight end.

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2. Chris Long steps up for Charlottesville 

Eagles D-lineman Chris Long announced that he'll donate his first six game checks of the season for scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va.

The scholarships will allow members of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia to attend seven years of schooling at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, a prestigious prep school in the area with tuition upwards of $20,000.

Long said the donation was in response to the white supremacist marches in Charlottesville this summer.

“In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry,” Long said in the press release. “Megan [his wife] and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community.”

3. RGIII responds: Shanahan "never wanted me"

Robert Griffin III responded to recent negative comments from receiver Santana Moss about their time in Washington and defended his performance despite playing for a coach who "never wanted me."

4. Another domestic violence accusation, this time against an official 

Line judge Carl Johnson, the NFL's former vice president of officiating, is reportedly under investigation for an accusation of domestic violence, according to ESPN and TMZ.

"All league employees are subject to discipline under the league's domestic violence policy, which establishes a six-game suspension for a first offense," ESPN's Kevin Seifert wrote.

Johnson most recently worked the Eagles-Chiefs game on Sunday.

5. Giants defend LT Ereck Flowers after a rough game

The Giants' offense continued to struggle in their Monday Night Football loss to the Lions, and pass protection was a main issue. Left tackle Ereck Flowers had no answer for Detroit's Ezekiel Ansah, who had three sacks.

While ESPN analyst Jon Gruden was (appropriately) critical of Flowers' performance on national television, Giants coaches and teammates are standing behind him, ESPN's Jordan Raanan wrote.

"I’ve been in his shoes before," fellow lineman Justin Pugh said. "I was in Philly my second year in the league and gave up four sacks in a game, got beat 38-0. The NFL is tough to play tackle. I can tell you that firsthand. And to play left tackle in the NFL is very, very hard.

"So everyone wants to come and take shots at Ereck and that is trying to kick somebody while he’s down. He knows he didn’t do what he’s supposed to do. He’s 23 years old trying to go out there and do everything he can."

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