(AP) — New Orleans Saints defensive tackle and first-round draft choice Sheldon Rankins suffered a broken fibula during practice on Monday. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who also tells The Associated Press that Rankins is seeking a second opinion but appears to need surgery.
Typically, fractured fibulas are not season-ending but sideline players for around six weeks.
Rankins was taken 12th overall in this year’s draft.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick has signed a six-year, $56 million contract extension that runs through 2023. The average of $9.1 per season makes the two-time Pro Bowler the NFL’s highest-paid center.
— The Lions have worked out a contract with free-agent tight end Andrew Quarless, who will serve a two-game suspension at the start of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Quarless had 89 receptions for 940 yards and six touchdowns while playing his first five NFL seasons with the Packers. He was punished by the NFL following his sentence to one year probation for firing a gun in Miami Beach, last year.
— 49ers backup quarterback Thad Lewis will miss the entire season after tearing knee ligaments during Sunday’s preseason game against Houston. Coach Chip Kelly said Lewis tore his ACL on a scramble and will need season-ending surgery.
— Buffalo defensive end IK Enemkpali (ihn-ehm-PAH’-lee) will miss the regular season after tests confirmed he has a torn ligament in his right knee. Enemkpali was hurt late in the second quarter of the Bills’ 19-18 preseason loss to Indianapolis on Saturday. His foot caught in the turf and he fell awkwardly while being blocked.