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The latest news from the NFL off-season on Joey Bosa's injury and J.J. Watt's anticipated return to the field in Week 1.

September 08, 2016

By Tom Downey, Chat Sports

The NFL regular season is finally here, starting Thursday night with the Denver Broncos hosting the Carolina Panthers in a rematch of Super Bowl 50. While the Panthers and Broncos get ready to play, the rest of the league has a few extra days of preparation time. 

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below. 

• Seattle Seahawks rookie right guard Germain Ifedi, a first rounder and starter, suffered an ankle injury at practice on Wednesday. The Seattle Times reports the extent of the injury is unclear. 

• The San Diego Union Tribune reports Joey Bosa likely won't play in the season opener for the Chargers. Bosa has not yet practiced in pads, as he deals with a leg injury. 

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• The Denver Broncos and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders agreed to a three-year contract extension, general manager John Elway announced. Pro Football Talk reports the deal is for $33 million over three years with $26.9 million in guaranteed money. 

• Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt told the team's website that he questioned whether he'd be able to play again during his rehab from off-season groin surgery. Watt was unable to walk for several days during his recovery. 

• The Pittsburgh Steelers and offensive guard David DeCastro are close to a contract extension, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN. The Steelers don't work out contract extensions during the season, so the deadline for a deal is approaching. 

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• Drew Brees' five-year extension voids automatically after the 2017 season. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Brees will make $44.25 million in guaranteed money the next two years. 

• San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde has been cleared for football activity, according to CSN Bay Area. Hyde suffered a concussion in Week 3 of the preseason. 

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