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Around the NFL: Chiefs send kicker to IR; Eifert could miss multiple weeks

Here is a look at stories from around the league on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

1. The Chiefs placed kicker Cairo Santos on injured reserve.

A lingering groin injury sent Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos to the injured reserve Tuesday, keeping him on the shelf for at least eight weeks.

Santos was reportedly limited by the injury during the preseason, but played in all three regular-season games so far and hit all of his kicks (three field goals and 12 extra points). The team signed rookie Harrison Butker from Carolina's practice squad as a replacement. The Bills own the Chiefs' first-round pick in the 2018 draft.

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2. Bengals TE Tyler Eifert could miss several weeks. 

Eifert, who missed Sunday's game with a back injury, is expected to be out multiple weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Eifert had a breakout season in 2015 with 13 touchdowns but has been limited by injuries to his shoulder, elbow and back throughout his career.

The Bengals are still looking for their first win of the season and have already replaced their offensive coordinator. Tight end Tyler Kroft had three receptions Sunday in Eifert's absence.

3. Pat Tillman's widow asks not to politicize his death. 

Marie Tillman, the widow of former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2004, asked that her husband's death not be politicized after President Trump retweeted a tweet Monday that used the hashtags #StandForOurAnthem and #BoycottNFL along with a picture of Tillman.

"As a football player and soldier, Pat inspired countless Americans to unify," Marie said in a statement to CNN. "It is my hope that his memory should always remind people that we must come together."

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4. "No end in sight" in holdout by Texans' left tackle, PFT reports.

Texans left tackle Duane Brown continues to hold out for a new contract, and could remain holding out for the foreseeable future.

There's "no end in sight," a source told ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, who went on to write that any team needing offensive line help should get on the phone with the Texans to see what Brown would cost.

5. The Patriots apologized after charging fans for tap water.

With unseasonably warm temperatures in the Northeast, water was in high demand at NFL concession stands. But after the Patriots ran out of water bottles, they charged fans up to $5 for a cup of tap water, ESPN reported. The team issued an apology Tuesday morning.

"We apologize. That should not have happened," Patriots spokesperson Stacey James said in a statement. "It is the first time that I have ever heard that complaint here. We are looking into the matter to ensure that it doesn't happen again."

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