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On 09/13/2011 06:54 AM in NFL

NFL Week 1 injury report:

St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams received mixed news on the injury front Monday, with running back Steven Jackson expected to sit out next week and wide receiver Danny Amendola expected to return much earlier than expected.

Jackson suffered a right quadriceps strain early in Sunday's 31-13 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Jackson, who ran for a 47-yard touchdown on their first play from scrimmage, probably will not play in Monday's game against the New York Giants.

Cadillac Williams will start in Jackson's place. He had 91 yards rushing and 49 yards receiving Sunday.

Quarterback Sam Bradford was listed as day-to-day by Spagnuolo with a contusion or bruise on his right finger.

Amendola, who suffered a dislocated left elbow and was feared possibly lost for the season, will not have to undergo surgery, Spagnuolo said.That could mean Amendola, the team's leading receiver with 85 catches last season, could be back sometime next month.

Right tackle Jason Smith, the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, also is listed as day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

The news was not as good for cornerback Ron Bartell, who could miss the rest of the season with a neck injury.

San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers running back Mike Tolbert will undergo an MRI on Monday after suffering a leg injury in Sunday's win over Minnesota.

Tolbert was the star of the show in the 24-17 triumph, rushing for a touchdown and catching two passes for scores.He appeared fine after the game, but the Chargers are taking no chances. Tolbert finished with 12 rushes for 35 yards and nine catches for 58 yards.

Meanwhile, kicker Nate Kaeding is done for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Kaeding was hurt while trying to make a tackle on Percy Harvin's 103-yard opening kickoff return Sunday. The Chargers will have tryouts to find a replacement. Punter Mike Scifres assumed all kicking duties Sunday.

Kaeding has been among the league's best kickers since he was drafted by the Chargers in 2004. He has converted 86.5 percent (173-for-200) of his field goal attempts in his seven seasons.

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City chiefs safety Eric Berry has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.Berry was injured early in Sunday's 41-7 home loss to the Buffalo Bills.

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Berry had a strong rookie season with the Chiefs, registering 92 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks.

Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason has been lost for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Beason, who had never missed a game in his first four seasons, was injured in the second half of Sunday's loss at Arizona. He did not practice or play in the preseason and underwent a minor surgical procedure on his Achilles' tendon on Aug. 23.

A first-round draft pick in 2007, Beason has amassed at least 120 tackles in each of his four seasons.

New York Giants

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks underwent further evaluation on his ailing knee Monday.

X-rays on Nicks came back negative, and a team source told the Newark Star-Ledger that the wideout is dealing with a "bone bruise at worst." Nicks had a huge opening game with seven receptions for 122 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss at Washington.

He had a breakout season in 2010, hauling in 79 catches for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills cornerback Terrence McGee will be sidelined for a few weeks due to a hamstring injury suffering in Sunday's 41-7 romp at Kansas City.

McGee has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons. A fourth-round draft pick in 2003, he has 17 career interceptions. Rookie Aaron Williams played in place of McGee on Sunday and will likely start against Oakland on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon is likely done for the season due to a torn triceps. Colon's agent, Joe Linta, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his client will undergo surgery Tuesday morning.

Colon missed the entire 2010 season after suffering an Achilles' tendon injury the previous summer. The Steelers signed him to a five-year contract worth $29 million in July.