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Around the NFL: Chargers CB Verrett on IR, Watkins in concussion protocol

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Saturday, Sept. 23.

1. Chargers CB Jason Verrett placed on IR

For the second year in a row, Verrett has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury, the team announced Saturday.

Verrett tore his ACL last October and entered training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He aggravated the injury in the Chargers' season-opening loss to the Broncos and was inactive last week against the Dolphins.

The Chargers will turn to rookie Desmond King to replace Verrett opposite Casey Hayward. The Bills visit the Chargers on Nov. 19.

2. Lions extend coach Jim Caldwell 

Caldwell, in his fourth year with Detroit, signed a multiyear contract extension within the last year, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The deal, which may have been finalized months ago, "silences any questions that existed for those who thought he was in the last year of his contract," Schefter reported.

The Lions are off to a 2-0 start (since losing the preseason finale in Buffalo) and went 27-21 with two playoff appearances in Caldwell's first three seasons. Caldwell went 26-22 with two division titles and a Super Bowl appearance as coach of the Colts from 2009-11.

3. Sammy Watkins has a concussion

The former Bills receiver had a big game on Thursday night but left in the fourth quarter of the Rams' 41-39 victory and was placed in the concussion protocol after the game.

Watkins took a hard hit while crossing the goal line for his second touchdown of the game.

He was examined in the sideline medical tent and walked to the locker room under his own power, finishing the game with six catches for 106 yards.

4. Ezekiel Elliott will play next two weeks

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on Oct. 2 regarding the NFL's emergency motion to stay on a preliminary injunction issued by a lower court that put the Cowboys running back's suspension on hold.

Dallas will play two more games before the hearing takes place, but if the 5th Circuit issues a stay on the injunction, Elliott's suspension could begin immediately.

5. Fallout from Trump comments

Reaction from NFL players (including Bills running back LeSean McCoy) and officials to Donald Trump's profane comments about players protesting during the national anthem dominated the news cycle on Saturday.

Pro Football Talk wondered if Trump's comments could lead to more protests.

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