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Raiders trading WR Cordarrelle Patterson to Patriots

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported the New England Patriots acquired speedy wideout Cordarrelle Patterson from the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, pending a physical. Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will swap their fifth-round pick for a Raiders sixth-round pick in order to make the move.

Patterson, who’s most well known in the football world for his electrifying kick returns and world-class speed as a wideout, has been an underrated special teams player. With the Pats expected to lose longtime special teams ace Matthew Slater in free agency (he visited the Steelers this weekend, per ESPN), that’s probably the role New England envisions Patterson filling when he arrives.

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Patterson spent just a season with the Raiders, catching 31 passes for 309 yards and zero touchdowns. Patterson also carried the ball 13 times for 121 yards and two scores. Oddly, he had his least-effective season as a return man, piling up only 538 yards on kick returns.

Amendola was the primary punt returner for the Pats last year (27 returns for 231 yards), while Lewis handled kick-return duties last season (23 returns for 570 yards). Amendola signed with the Dolphins this season and Lewis scored a big free-agency deal from the Titans, leaving the Patriots with a pretty big void in that department.

Patterson, who can slide in and take over as a primary returner, while also giving the Patriots a dangerous weapon they can use in certain offensive sets.

Patterson was drafted by the Vikings in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, one of three different first-round picks — Shariff Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Patterson — Minnesota came away with that year. In college he looked like someone who could become a lethal weapon in the passing game, but he never fully developed as a wide receiver.

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Cowboys release Orlando Scandrick

The Dallas Cowboys have officially parted ways with 10-year veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

Scandrick, a 2008 fifth-round pick, was notified of his release Saturday as the team looks to move forward with its young core of defensive backs. The 31-year-old had two years left on his contract.

The Cowboys designated Scandrick a post-June 1 release which will give the team $3 million in salary cap space after June 1.

The 10-year veteran reportedly asked for his release from the team before free agency began this week.

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Scandrick’s best year came in 2013, when he recorded career-highs in both tackles (64) and pass defends (12). He also recorded two interceptions that season.

Despite his exploits in the Cowboys’ secondary for the past decade, Scandrick received little acclaim outside of Big D. A better cover corner and blitzer than a true playmaker, the veteran defender only has eight career interceptions. Scandrick was nominated to the All-Pro Second team in 2014.

Scandrick’s rising career in Dallas was cut short following a devastating knee injury, in which he tore both the ACL and MCL in his right knee. That injury robbed him of his entire 2015 season. Scandrick hasn’t appear to be the same player ever since, recording a disappointing 32 combined tackles and three pass defends in 11 games last year.

It became clear to Scandrick toward the end of last season that his value to the team was marginal, hence his request to be let go. As he dealt with a back and hand injuries, rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis occupied the outside cornerback positions, and safety Xavier Woods moved to the slot.  Also, for the 2018 season, the team plans to move Byron Jones from safety back to his natural position of cornerback.

Despite his injury history, Scandrick should have a healthy market for his services in 2018.

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Marcus Smart underwent surgery, out six to eight weeks

Marcus Smart is out for the remainder of the regular season, but there’s a very good chance he’ll be available at some point in the Boston Celtics’ postseason quest.
The 6-foot-4 guard underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb which is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

“It’s a tough deal for Marcus,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game. “Marcus has been an incredible player for us all year. He’s meant a lot to us.”
If we’re working from today, that would put Smart’s return to the floor most likely near the end of the first round or early in the second.
While Smart’s statistics don’t jump off the page, there’s no getting around the impact he has made on this team this season.

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After missing several games after punching a picture frame in Los Angeles, the Celtics struggled in his absence. Upon his return right after the All-Star break, the C’s began playing some of their best basketball of the season.

Boston’s Semi Ojeleye is likely to see his role increase as well with Smart out as well as Daniel Theis who recently underwent season-ending surgery on his torn meniscus injury suffered in Boston’s 99-97 loss to Indiana.

Smart appeared in 54 games this season, averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. He has a defensive rating of 99.6 which ranks fifth in the league among players who averaged at least 28 minutes played per game.

Smart hasn’t played since injuring his thumb in Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

He joins a long list of injured Celtics players, including Gordon Hayward (broken leg), Jaylen Brown (concussion) and Kyrie Irving (knee soreness).

Boston is second in the Eastern Conference at 46-22 and trails the first-place Toronto Raptors by five games.

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Ed Dickson agrees deal with Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks and tight end Ed Dickson reportedly came to terms Friday on a three-year contract worth up to $14 million.

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network first reported the free-agent signing. Ian Rapoport of provided the deal’s financial details.

The 30-year-old University of Oregon product is coming off a 2017 campaign where he tallied 30 catches for 437 yards and a touchdown in 12 starts. It represented his best statistical season in Carolina, where he often worked as a backup to Greg Olsen, who was injured much of last season.

In January, he told Bryan Strickland of the Panthers website he didn’t mind playing behind one of the league’s best tight ends, but he was also hopeful about his own future.

“I’m playing some of my best football right now,” Dickson said. “I’m excited about the next chapter. Wherever it leads me, I’m going to put my best foot forward.”

The California native has recorded 178 receptions for 1,985 yards and 12 scores in 124 NFL games.

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Seattle’s starting tight end last season, Jimmy Graham officially signed with the Packers Thursday night (sending out a goodbye note to Seattle Friday morning) while backup Luke Willson is taking a visit to Jacksonville after visiting Carolina on Thursday.

While Dickson has shown he can produce as a receiver his main niche has been as a blocker — Pro Football Focus rated him as the top pass-blocking tight end in the NFL last season, though he was 56th in run blocking (by comparison, Graham was rated 14th in pass blocking, 34th in run blocking).

Seattle will certainly have more than three tight ends on its roster when camp begins so expect the Seahawks to continue to scour the tight end market.

The signing of Dickson comes a day after the Seahawks declined to sign former UW star Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who instead agreed to a two-year deal with Jacksonville worth up to $11 million.

The money, though, seems to indicate that the Seahawks just preferred Dickson to Seferian-Jenkins. Dickson just finished a three-year, $6.1 million deal with the Panthers, meaning the Seahawks more than doubled his salary (based on base average per year) as he heads into what will be years 31, 32 and 33 (he turns 31 in July).

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Vikings sign Kirk Cusins

The Vikings announced Thursday that they have signed Kirk Cousins. Minnesota did not release the specifics of the deal, but various reports peg the terms of the contract at three years and $84 million, fully guaranteed.

It’s a game-changer for the Vikings, who haven’t had a 4,000-yard passer since Brett Favre in 2009. Cousins has thrown for more than 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons.

Case Keenum started for the Vikings last season after Sam Bradford aggravated a knee injury in Week 1, throwing for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns with seven interceptions while leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game.

Cousins appeared to be Washington’s future after Griffin’s career went off the rails. He spent six seasons with Washington, making 60 appearances and racking up 16,206 passing yards, 99 touchdowns while registering a 65.5 completion percentage and a 93.7 quarterback rating.

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He becomes the league’s highest-paid player, with his contract surpassing the $27.5 million average annual value of the recent five-year, $137.5 million deal signed by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with the San Francisco 49ers. But Cousins is unlikely to hold that distinction for long, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers negotiating a new deal with the Green Bay Packers. Cousins’s guaranteed contract is unique in a sport in which players usually receive only a portion of their contracts in the form of guaranteed money.

Cousins’s departure from the Redskins was made certain weeks ago, and many within the sport had become increasingly convinced by the time of the NFL scouting combine that Minnesota would be his landing spot in free agency. He joins a Vikings team that reached last season’s NFC championship game and had all three of its quarterbacks, including most recent starter Case Keenum, eligible for unrestricted free agency.

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CJ fiedorowicz retires after 3 concussions last season

The Houston Texans’ C.J. Fiedorowicz, a former Iowa tight end, has retired from the NFL due to concussions. Fiedorowicz, who was placed on Houston’s reserve/retired list on Wednesday, suffered three concussions last season alone.

In four professional seasons, all with the Texans, Fiedorowicz caught 89 receptions for 881 yards and six touchdowns. He played in just five games last season.

“I have a backup plan,” Fiedorowicz told the Northwest Herald in February. “I’ve realized money is not happiness. Money definitely gives you freedom, but I’ve played four years. I’ve accomplished things I wanted to accomplish. It’s more about making my town happy, making my family happy and being able to enjoy the rest of my life.”

Last August, the Texans signed Fiedorowicz to a three-year, $22 million contract that included $10 million guaranteed. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans reworked Fiedorowicz’s contract when he retired.

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Fiedorowicz suffered his first concussion of 2017 in training camp and his second in the Texans’ season opener. He was placed on injured reserve in early September but returned to the active roster in Week 10. Three weeks later, Fiedorowicz left a game against the Tennessee Titans with a concussion and was placed on IR again.

By being placed on the reserve-retired list, the Texans maintain their rights to Fiedorowicz if he decided to return to football.

Fiedorowicz’s agent Jack Bechta said Fiedorowicz has had time to think about the decision and is excited about the next chapter in his life.

“I reminded him that only a handful of people get to play professional sports, let alone in the NFL,” Bechta said. “If you play for one year or 15, you’ve done something that not many of your peers can do. You can use what you’ve accomplished there as a springboard for whatever else you want to do in life. As a metaphor for life, you can accomplish anything.”

Fiedorowicz felt he was in excellent physical shape this offseason and said his body felt great. But the repeated blows to the head affected his outlook on playing.

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Tottenham Harry Kane sidelined until April

The striker picked up a foot injury in Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth and will not return until next month

Harry Kane has damaged the ligaments in his right ankle and should return to training in April, Tottenham have announced.

The England striker sustained the injury during the first half of Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday and was replaced by Erik Lamela.

Harry Kane has insisted that he will do “everything” to be fighting fit for the club again.

After the club confirmed the extent of the problem, Kane tweeted: “Disappointing to be out until next month but injuries are part of the game. Will do everything I can to get back out there asap.”

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Tottenham currently sit third in the Premier League table, five points within the top four.

Kane, who has scored some 39 goals this season for club and country, will now miss Spurs’ FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea on Saturday, as well as upcoming international duty with England.

Kane was pictured with his foot in a brace and using crutches when out in Essex on Monday.

Both Tottenham and England will be wary of Kane’s previous history of ankle injuries, the forward having suffered ligament damage to the same joint twice last season.

Despite concerns over how long Kane may be out of consideration for – with the World Cup just three months away – his previous ankle problems were of differing severity and time-frames for recovery.

Kane was pictured with his foot in a brace and using crutches when out in Essex on Monday.

Both Tottenham and England will be wary of Kane’s previous history of ankle injuries, the forward having suffered ligament damage to the same joint twice last season.

Despite concerns over how long Kane may be out of consideration for – with the World Cup just three months away – his previous ankle problems were of differing severity and time-frames for recovery.

Whatever the full prognosis, the forward will not be fit for England duty during next week’s international break, with the Three Lions set to face Holland and Italy in friendlies.

Tottenham are back in Premier League action following the international break with a trip to top-four rivals Chelsea on April 1.

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Curry out at least one more week

Stephen Curry will miss at least another week because of his troublesome right ankle, which he re-injured last Thursday against San Antonio.

The Warriors said Tuesday their two-time MVP would be re-evaluated in a week. That means he will sit out the next four games — Tuesday at home against the Lakers, Friday at home against the Kings, then road games at Phoenix on Saturday and at San Antonio on Monday.

Curry rolled his ankle driving left for a layup at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter in the win against the Spurs.

Curry is enjoying one of his best seasons, averaging 26.3 points on 67.5 percent true shooting as the Warriors battle the Rockets for the NBA’s best record.

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The Warriors are optimistic they’ll have Andre Iguodala and Jordan Bell back to face the Lakers. Both are listed as probable, meaning they’ll be available barring a setback during shootaround Wednesday morning.

The Warriors are effectively three games behind the Rockets and both teams have 15 games left to play. The Warriors have eight home games and seven road games remaining, while Houston, which owns the tie-breaker, has nine home games and six road games.

Golden State did not practice Tuesday as originally planned a day after the team celebrated Curry’s 30th birthday, which is actually Wednesday. Coach Steve Kerr was in attendance and even danced on stage with his players in social media videos that were shared of the festivities.

In his absence, the Warriors have lost back-to-back games to the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

However, Curry’s trainer does not think the injury is a big deal.

“[I’m] not very concerned in terms of it being a major injury or something that is going to prevent him from playing in the playoffs or anything like that,” Bandon Payne told 95.7 The Game Friday, via the Mercury News .

“It’s all small little tweaks. It’s nothing major.”

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Red’s DeSclafani with another strained oblique

Anthony DeSclafani has a strained left oblique, the third year in a row that the Cincinnati Reds starter has been hurt during spring training.

Manager Bryan Price said DeScalfani felt discomfort during his last spring appearance and an exam found the problem. It’s unclear how long he might be sidelined. The Reds open the season in a little over two weeks.

“I say that with nothing but frustration for Anthony and our club,” Price said Sunday. “I feel bad for the kid. He worked his tail off to get ready. He did everything we asked of him and more.”

DeSclafani also suffered a strained left oblique before the 2016 season and was sidelined until June. The right-hander finished that season with a 9-5 record with a 3.28 ERA. He missed all of last season with a sprained elbow.

The Reds were counting on him, Homer Bailey and left-hander Brandon Finnegan to recover from injuries and anchor a rotation that struggled without them last year. Instead, they’re heading toward opening day with questions about two of them.

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Finnegan was removed from his appearance on Sunday after only two batters because of a sore forearm. It’s unclear how long he’ll be limited. Finnegan was limited to four starts last season because of back and shoulder injuries.

DeSclafani won’t be allowed to do any baseball activities until the injured muscle is healed, making it unlikely he’ll be ready to start the season.

“They want to get all the soreness out,” Price said. “I’m sure there will be MRIs and ultrasounds to check his progress before he gets back to baseball activity.”

The Reds have remained steadfast in sticking to their young pitching options despite their injuries and lack of success, and while that’s bitten them in previous years, there’s also finally a bit of experience on those still young arms. Obviously, the Reds were counting on Disco to be the guy who has twice posted 3 WAR seasons again this year, but at least there’s now some bit of depth to help fill in for him.

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Dallas’ Wesley Matthews out for the season

Wesley Matthews will “likely” miss the rest of the season, according to Yahoo!’s Shams Charania. Matthews sustained a stress fracture in his right fibula.

Monday, Matthews underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. Initially it was thought that he was dealing with an injury to his right knee that caused it to swell up. Matthews was a late scratch from Sunday night’s game against the Houston Rockets because of the swelling.

“It was pretty painful,” Matthews told reporters after the game. “There was a little swelling in it. I was ready to go. But a couple of other opinions came in and we decided to get it looked at. We’ll see what the MRI shows.”

This season, Matthews appeared in 63 of the Mavericks’ 67 games to date. However, he sat out three of the last four games due to the injury.

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This will be the second time in four seasons that Matthews has missed a considerable amount of time at the end of a season.

In 2014-15, he suffered a torn Achilles in early March against the Mavericks. After playing the first 60 games, he missed the remainder of the season.

That didn’t keep the Mavericks from signing Matthews to a four-year, $70 million free-agent deal that summer.

In this, his third season with the team, he was shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range, easily the best of his Maverick tenure. He was scoring at 12.7 points per game and he was once again playing the kind of tenacious defense that makes him one of the best “3 and D” players in the league.

The long-term prognosis for Matthews still is good. He should be 100 percent healed in plenty of time for training camp next season, but sitting out the final 15 games will go completely against his grain.

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