MORE HONORS FOR NIU's LYNCH: Northern Illinois quarterback and Mount Carmel grad Jordan Lynch was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Lynch also became the first Huskie player to earn a helmet sticker on ESPN’s “College Football Final” show recapping the top performances of the week. He ran for 316 yards in NIU’s 38-17 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday to break the NCAA single game record for most rushing yards by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback. His 316 yards are the most by any FBS player this season. Lynch was also named the Mid-American Conference offensive player of the week.
CUTLER, BRIGGS SIDELINED WITH INJURIES: The Bears were already losing games. Now they're going to be without their most important players on both sides of the ball.
Injured quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least the next four weeks of the season and Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be out for around six weeks, staggering blows for a struggling team.
The Bears announced the news Monday, a day after Cutler suffered a muscle tear in his groin during a 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins, forcing the Bears to go with veteran Josh McCown. Briggs left the game with a small fracture in his left shoulder. Neither player will need surgery.
"They're not done," coach Marc Trestman said. "They're going to be back (this season)."
COLTS' WAYNE LOST FOR SEASON WITH ACL INJURY: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday night's win over Denver.
Wayne was injured in the fourth quarter as he tried to come back and catch a low pass. He was not hit on the play.
Wayne had started 189 consecutive games, the longest streak among active receivers.
GIANTS PICK UP FIRST WIN OF THEIR SEASON: The New York Giants got their first win of the season Monday night by holding Adrian Peterson in check and converting Minnesota mistakes into a 23-7 victory.
The Giants began the season with six losses in which they were the team turning over the ball and showing little penchant for playing defense. But against the Vikings (1-5), they were efficient enough, if not overwhelming, and had three takeaways.
Peterson, the league's MVP last season, was held to 28 yards rushing five days after his 2-year-old son was buried in South Dakota. The man accused in the death was indicted on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Monday.
ROSE SCORES 24 FOR BULLS IN WIN: Derrick Rose scored 24 points to keep the Bulls unbeaten in the preseason with a 105-84 victory over the winless Bucks on Monday night.
Chicago (6-0) quickly built a 20-4 edge over Milwaukee (0-5) midway through the first quarter, which eventually grew to a 30-point margin (84-54) in the third quarter.
Carlos Boozer added 16 points and Luol Deng had 15 for the Bulls.
LEYLAND STEPS DOWN AS TIGERS MANAGER: Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series.
Leyland announced his departure two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL championship series by Boston in six games.
"I'm going to be 69 years old," he said at a news conference. "I'm not ashamed of that. I'm proud of it. The fuel's getting a little low."
MUNSTER'S GOMEZ ADDED TO OILMEN ROSTER: Munster grad Anthony Gomez has signed with the NWI Oilmen for next season. Gomez, a left-handed pitcher, will play for Ball State this spring.