Vikings lineman taken off in stretcher; Barkevious Mingo could play opener

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Seth Olsen was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter Thursday night after injuring his neck in a collision with Titans linebacker Scott Solomon.

Olsen was blocking on a screen pass when he took a knee from Solomon to his helmet and went down. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman raced to his side and immediately called for a stretcher as a hush fell over the crowd.

Concerned teammates lined up about 15 yards away, and players on both sides kneeled in prayer. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and gave a thumbs-up with his left hand as he was wheeled off the field.

Indy to bid on Super Bowl?

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis sports and civic leaders are expected to announce they will seek to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

Gov. Mike Pence, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Colts owner Jim Irsay plan to join other civic leaders in announcing their bid decision Friday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2012 Super Bowl.

Indianapolis was praised for its hosting of the Super Bowl last year and drew hundreds of thousands of football fans to the city.

Indianapolis also will face new competition from other cities. Denver and Minneapolis leaders have both announced bids.

Browns won’t rule out Mingo

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Browns aren’t ruling out linebacker Barkevious Mingo for their season opener.

Coach Rob Chudzinski left the door open for a return against Miami following Thursday’s preseason victory over Chicago. He said the next six days “will be big and we will see where it goes.”

The first-round draft pick hasn’t practiced since bruising his lung on Aug. 15 against Detroit and being hospitalized for two days, although he has been running and lifting weights. Both teams held their top players out Thursday.

Giants RB Brown breaks leg

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New York Giants backup running back Andre Brown has broken his left leg for the second straight year.

He limped off the field against the New England Patriots after a 3-yard run late in the first half Thursday night. He then walked slowly to the locker room, where X-rays showed a broken leg.

Brown rushed for 385 yards last season, second-most on the team, before breaking his leg in November. He led the Giants with eight touchdowns on the ground as the backup to Ahmad Bradshaw. With Bradshaw now with the Indianapolis Colts, Brown was the backup to David Wilson, who rushed six times for 37 yards in the first half.

Brown had two carries for 4 yards.

Three Bills players hurt

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills guard Doug Legursky was carted off the field after hurting his left knee, and the team lost two receivers to injury in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Thursday.

Rookie third-round pick Marquise Goodwin did not return after being poked in the left eye in the first quarter. Veteran Brad Smith did not return after hurting his ribs late in the second quarter.

Legursky, who was competing for a starting job at left guard, hurt his knee while blocking on a 1-yard run by Kendall Gaskins late in the third quarter. Legursky waved to the crowd as he was carted off the field.

Goodwin was hurt when he stumbled and then went head-first trying to make a deep catch up the right sideline. The ball went off his hands, and he fell to the turf.

Goodwin was treated on the field and was slow to get up.

Goodwin, Buffalo’s third-round pick out of Texas, is in the mix to earn one of the team’s top-four receiving spots.

Smith is an eighth-year player, who was being counted on to fill a role on special teams.