McCoy, Salas gone for season
McCoy, chosen third in the 2010 draft, tore his right biceps Sunday during the opening quarter of a 27-16 defeat to New Orleans. McCoy had just returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous two games because of an ankle sprain.
It’s the second straight year his season ended prematurely because of an arm injury. McCoy missed the final three games of his rookie year with a torn left biceps.
Salas will undergo surgery for a broken right leg. The rookie leads the team with 27 receptions. He was injured when a tackler rolled on him after a 5-yard catch in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s overtime loss at Arizona.
49ers running back Frank Gore injured his left ankle Sunday and had X-rays, which were negative. He was clearly sore and needed help getting off the postgame podium in Washington.
“I’ll be all right. I’m cool. Just checking up some things on my body. Yeah, I’ll be all right,” Gore said.
Austin is sidelined by the latest in a series of hamstring problems that have plagued him throughout his six-year career. With Austin out, more will be expected from wide receivers Dez Bryant, Laurent Robinson and Kevin Ogletree.
Arizona cornerback Michael Adams, carted off the field with his neck immobilized after a violent collision late in Sunday’s win over the Rams, is fine, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Adams was riding an exercise bike Monday. The neck was treated carefully because it’s the normal precaution in the NFL, Whisenhunt said.
Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins had a dislocated finger on his right hand in the 24-17 loss to the Bengals, but returned to the sideline after getting treatment in the locker room and was on the field at the end of the game.
Fellow WR Nate Washington has a sore right hip and might be limited early in the week. Tight end Jared Cook has a sore knee, while safety Chris Hope is expected back at practice Wednesday after being out since breaking his left forearm Oct. 2 at Cleveland.
RB Peyton Hillis will not play in Cleveland’s upcoming game against St. Louis, the fourth straight game the beleaguered running back has missed since straining his left hamstring on Oct. 16. Hillis was on track to play Sunday in Houston, but reinjured his hamstring during practice on Friday.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Hillis will spend the week getting rehab on his nagging injury and there were no immediate plans to place the 25-year-old on injured reserve.
Also, Shurmur said running back Montario Hardesty “will likely miss” Sunday’s game. Hardesty tore a calf muscle in the previous game in San Francisco and could be out for several weeks.