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Jimmy Garoppolo tore ACL in loss to Chiefs

The San Francisco 49ers fear that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee late in Sunday’s game, coach Kyle Shanahan said after his team’s 38-27 loss to the to the Kansas City Chiefs.

With about five and a half minutes left to play, Garoppolo scrambled down the left sideline in hopes of extending the Niners’ fourth-quarter comeback attempt.

After gaining 13 yards, Garoppolo had the choice between stepping out of bounds or staying in and taking the risk of a hit from a defender. He took an awkward step with his left foot near the sideline, then rammed into Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson at Kansas City’s 7-yard line.

Garoppolo crumpled to the ground, where he received immediate medical attention. Garoppolo was eventually able to hobble to the sideline, where he sat on the bench and pointed to his left knee as the Niners medical staff surrounded him. He then entered the blue medical tent as C.J. Beathard replaced him.

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Soon after, Garoppolo left the game on a cart and did not return. He was officially ruled out for the rest of the game with about two and a half minutes left to play, and the Chiefs completed their win.

Before the injury, Garoppolo was 20-of-30 for 251 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 114.7.

Garoppolo wasn’t the only Niners’ star to leave Sunday’s game with an injury. Cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a calf injury late in the second quarter, an injury that not only kept him out for the rest of the game but also required a Niners staff member to assist him on his walk to the locker room at halftime.

Before departing, Sherman had two tackles and broke up a deep pass that Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes slightly underthrew for receiver Tyreek Hill.

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Antony Davis signs with LeBron James’ agent

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis has signed with Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports, which represents the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James.

The agency made the announcement Sunday, and James then welcomed Davis.

Coming off the best season of his career, averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, Davis led the Pelicans to the second round of the playoffs last spring. He finished third in the MVP voting.

Davis has two years and $52 million left on his contract with the Pelicans, plus a $29 million player option for the 2020-21 season.

On Sept. 8, he parted ways with longtime agent Thad Foucher. To officially change agents, players are required to file paperwork with the players’ union and then wait 15 days.

Davis is set to be an unrestricted free agent following the 2020-21 campaign under his current contract and would be a franchise-altering addition for any team. He is just 25 years old and capable of taking over a game on either side of the floor, though he has never made it past the second round of the playoffs since the Pelicans selected him with the No. 1 pick in 2012.

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The University of Kentucky product is a five-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA selection, three-time block champion and three-time All-Defensive selection and figures to only get better in the coming seasons.

It would be natural for NBA fans to connect Davis signing with Klutch Sports and the possibility of him eventually playing with James on the Los Angeles Lakers seeing how the King is attempting to re-establish the proud franchise as a contender.

Pairing James and Davis would be a terrifying proposition for the rest of the Western Conference, although the big man is not set for free agency for some time. James also figures to be in something of a win-now approach as a featured piece considering he will turn 34 years old this season.

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Titans LT Taylor Lewan clears concussion protocol

Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan has been cleared to return and will play Sunday in Jacksonville after missing last week’s game with a concussion.

Lewan was knocked out on a crack back block by Miami’s Andre Branch following in a interception in the season opener.

While Lewan will be back, the Titans still don’t know whether quarterback Marcus Mariota will be in the lineup Sunday for a key AFC South matchup.

“I feel good. I wouldn’t have passed the protocol if I didn’t. Maybe a couple of years ago, but I’ve got a wife and a kid now, and I don’t want to be that guy that’s 45-years old and doesn’t know his own name,” Lewan said.

Lewan said he was told by Titans coach Mike Vrabel on Tuesday after the hit on Sunday that he would be held out of last week’s game against Houston. He said he appreciated Vrabel looking out for his well-being.

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“I did have something (concussion) like that back in 2015, I had something going on,” Lewan said. “I will say this. When this happened a couple of weeks ago, I got a text from Vrabel on Tuesday, saying, ‘You’re not playing this week. Being stressed out about coming back is not going to help a concussion. I definitely didn’t get that kind of support in 2015. It was very, very cool to see a coach look out for the interest of his players. I’m not used to having that.”

Lewan missed the final game of the 2015 season with a concussion.

“Being out that week and being on the sideline, it was awesome to see these guys go out there – Tyler Marz getting his first start, how awesome was that? I think there was like one sack and one pressure. I’m fired up for those guys. They came together and played hard,” Lewan said.

Meanwhile, the Titans still don’t know whether Mariota will have to sit out a second straight week with an arm injury that has caused tingling in his hand and fingers. He is questionable for the second straight game after being limited all week. Blaine Gabbert could start for the second week in a row.

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Browns beat Jets for first win since 2016

For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns won.

The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on Thursday night for their first win since Dec. 24, 2016.

“I’ve just been waiting for my moment,” Mayfield said. “I’m just getting started.”

And so ends Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak, the NFL’s second-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The Browns (1-1-1) trailed 14-0 in the first half before Mayfield came in for Taylor and led four scoring drives while winning an unexpected matchup against Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. Cleveland passed on taking Darnold in the draft and instead chose Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma.

Mayfield finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards in a little more than a half after coming in after Taylor suffered a concussion.

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Darnold had one last chance, but was intercepted by Terrence Mitchell with 11 seconds left.

When the final seconds ticked off the clock, Cleveland fans, who had endured a 0-16 season and waited nearly two years to see their Browns win, erupted in celebration.

Newly signed Browns kicker Greg Joseph made field goals of 45 and 27 yards after being signed just three days ago.

Browns coach Hue Jackson got just his second win in 35 games since being hired by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, and this win will ease some of the pressure he’s been feeling to get Cleveland turned around. Jackson could also be faced with a difficult choice — either stick with Mayfield or go back to Taylor when he’s healthy.

Mayfield made his NFL debut with 1:42 left in the second quarter, replacing an injured Taylor after Cleveland’s starter was sacked for the third time. Taylor struggled getting to his feet after being dragged down by linebacker Avery Williamson, but he had absorbed several hard blows before that — and had been ineffective.

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Bengals RB Mixon has ‘slight tear’ of meniscus

Mixon (knee) revealed Wednesday that his recent procedure addressed a slight meniscus tear, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

On the plus side, the running back indicates that his right knee is already feeling better, and though he’s destined to miss Sunday’s game against the Panthers, his absence shouldn’t be an extended one. While Mixon is sidelined in Week 3, Giovani Bernard is in line to head the Bengals’ backfield, per Geoff Hobson of the team’s official site. Additionally, look for rookie Mark Walton and new signee Thomas Rawls to be eased into the mix this weekend.

It is awesome that Mixon already thinks he feels good enough to run, but it could be even better that doctors are smart enough to hold him back from pushing it. There is no doubt that he is extremely important to the Bengals’ offense, but if missing him for two weeks while he gets as close to 100 percent as possible means Cincinnati will have him available for most of the season, then that is the best course of action.

The alternative being he pushes himself too hard too soon and he ends up aggravating something, and as a result, Cincinnati will miss him for even longer.

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Mixon’s spirit and work ethic is exactly what you want from your starting running back, though. It is clear that Mixon could possibly end up being the leader of this team eventually, and him wanting to get out there as soon as possible after his first surgery is a great way to show your teammates that you are here for them.

Of course, Mixon’s presence on the field will be missed. He has 179 rushing yards, six receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on the season so far. He has looked unstoppable at times on the field, and that is really scary is he has been a few shoestring tackles away from some big gains.

The way Mixon is talking, though, it seems like the team will only have to rely on Bernard for a game or two rather than up to four weeks like the original timetable that was established.

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Lions re-sign cornerback DeShawn Shead

In what could be considered an ominous sign for Darius Slay’s availability this week, the Detroit Lions have re-signed cornerback DeShawn Shead.

Shead, a free-agent addition this offseason, rejoins the Lions after he was one of the team’s more surprising cuts at the end of the preseason.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Portland State in 2012, Shead had spent his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks before coming to Detroit. He started 15 games in 2016, recording 81 tackles and 14 pass breakups, but suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs.

His rehab from that knee injury limited the 6-foot-2, 212-pounder to two games last season. His 2017 contract was set to carry over to the 2018 season, but in a goodwill gesture, the Seahawks released Shead, allowing him to explore the market as an unrestricted free agent.

He battled an injury this preseason, missing two preseason games. He returned for the finale, recording four tackles and a pass breakup.

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The signing would suggest the Lions are concerned about Slay’s ability to play this Sunday against New England. The All-Pro suffered a concussion while making a tackle in last week’s loss to the 49ers.

The roster spot for Shead was created when the Lions waived offensive lineman Jamil Demby on Tuesday.

Shead’s initial deal with Detroit had a base value of $3.5MM with the potential to earn up to $6.5MM through playtime incentives. This time around, his deal likely comes with a lower financial ceiling.

A strained quadriceps also kept him out of two preseason games. Shead played a lot in the preseason finale. At the time he said he asked for the heavier workload in a game usually reserved for players on the roster bubble or likely to be cut, but then days later he was released by the Lions.

A former starter in Seattle, Shead has made 154 tackles in his career with 24 passes defended.

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Cubs’ Brandon Morrow won’t pitch again this season due to bone bruise

The Chicago Cubs officially shut down closer Brandon Morrow for the season as his recovery from a bone bruise in his pitching arm won’t allow him to return in time for the end of the regular season or the playoffs.
“We knew we were running out of time to begin with,” a disappointed Morrow said Tuesday afternoon. “Just the nature of the injury and the amount of time that it takes to clear out.”
Morrow saw Diamondbacks team doctor Don Sheridan, who confirmed the bruise wasn’t healing fast enough. The righty has been out since the All-Star break, and was attempting to pitch through some pain, but he never got to the point of being game-ready.
“Any time the plan is to pitch through discomfort, that’s not a great long-term formula, but we let him go as long as he was honest about it with us,” Epstein said. “He was.”

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Morrow added: “I was looking forward to it. And looking forward to helping the team finish out the season.”

Morrow joins starter Yu Darvish on the shelf as both pitchers have been shut down for the same injury.
“Second bone bruise of the year,” Epstein stated. “They typically take four months to heal. He was trying to push it to come back to help the team. … His body wasn’t allowing him to do it.”
Though Morrow pitched up until the end of the first half, his discomfort began much earlier as Epstein pinpointed a June 2 extra-inning affair against the New York Mets as the start of the pitcher’s issues. It was Morrow’s third consecutive appearance and came in the bottom of the 14th after the Cubs had taken a 7-1 lead in the top of the inning. He wasn’t supposed to pitch that day.

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Redskins put RB Rob Kelley on injured reserve

The Washington Redskins entered the 2018 regular season with four running backs on the active roster: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, and Samaje Perine.

For the first two games of the season, Perine was rendered inactive, while Rob Kelley took the field as the third running back. He also functioned as a full back on occasion, and contributed on special teams as well.

Now, after just eight quarters of action, Kelley’s season is presumably over. Yesterday, it was reported that the Tulane product could be out for a month with an apparent toe injury suffered in Sunday’s 21-9 loss to the Colts. In light of that development, the Redskins have placed Kelley on injured reserve. He joins two other running backs there: Derrius Guice and Byron Marshall.

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Oklahoma product amassed 603 yards and a touchdown on 175 carries in his rookie season. He’s a solid depth option, and he’s a player who will see more playing time if 33-year old Adrian Peterson succumbs to wear and tear, as he did with the Cardinals last season after a fast start.

With Kelley on injured reserve, and two rather uncertain commodities at wide receiver in Breshad Perriman and Michael Floyd, it’s unclear whether or not the Redskins will add a new fourth back to their stable. Kapri Bibbs is an obvious candidate, if such an event were to occur; He still resides on the practice squad, and he could offer more speed than what the Redskins currently have.

The Redskins are again hurting on offense. Their receivers have underwhelmed in the early goings of 2018, and at running back, the duo of Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson doesn’t appear to be an antidote for stifling defenses, as Week 1 originally teased.

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Carson Wentz officially cleared to play

The Eagles announced their starting quarterback has been medically cleared to play and will start Sunday against the Colts.

Wentz missed the first two games of the season as he wrapped up his recovery treatment from a torn ACL sustained last year. He was forced to miss the last three regular-season games and all of the postseason, including the Eagles’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots.

Nick Foles stepped up in his place at the end of last year and beginning of this season, leading the Eagles to a victory over the Falcons in Week 1 and a loss to the Buccaneers in Week 2.

“He has been cleared and we’re all excited about that,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said on Monday.

For Wentz, the start will come nearly nine months after he suffered a gruesome knee injury in a 43-35 Week 14 win over the Rams last season. Not only did Wentz tear his ACL in the game, but he also tore his LCL. The Eagles quarterback also had a partially torn IT [iliotibial] band, and he had to have some meniscus damage cleaned up during his Dec. 13 surgery. Due to all the damage, the Eagles always knew there was a chance that Wentz wouldn’t be ready to play early in the season.

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“I was impressed with how well he attacked his rehab throughout the offseason,” Pederson said, via the team’s official website. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he’s ready to go.”

The Eagles have been slowly bringing Wentz along all offseason. The quarterback was cleared for 7-on-7 drills in June, and then, in mid-August, he was cleared to participate in 11-on-11 drills. According to Pederson, the last hurdle is going to be getting Wentz prepared for the physical rigors of an NFL game. Basically, he’s going to be getting hit a lot after not taking any hits this offseason.

After playing his first home game on Sunday against the Colts, Wentz will get his first road test in Week 4 when the Eagles travel to Tennessee.

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Vikings release kicker Daniel Carlson

The Minnesota Vikings have waived kicker Daniel Carlson after he missed two field goals in overtime during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, which ended in a 29-29 tie.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Vikings are expected to sign kicker Dan Bailey, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this season.

After the game, Carlson said he was “just trying to be relaxed and hit it like any other kick” when his 35-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right at Lambeau Field.

“It feels terrible. Obviously, I let my team down,” Carlson said after the game. “Credit to them. They fought back time and time again, gave me opportunities. I just didn’t execute at the end of the day. It’s disappointing for me just personally that the team fought so hard. Luckily, at least we came up with a tie, but we expect to win that and I expect to make those kicks to win the game for the team.”

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“I’ll have to look at it later. I’m not really sure. That last one was probably just something more something with the confidence after missing twice earlier. That’s frustrating and obviously a shorter one I should never miss like that.”

Carlson’s’ first overtime miss was from 49 yards out. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins drove the team even closer for the final chance at a game winner.

Carlson said he had the support of his Vikings teammates after the game.

“I think the guys around me they did just a great job of keeping me up and telling me that they’re behind me. It’s tough for them because they fought so hard and I let them down. I’ve just got to bounce back and get that confidence and look at what I did and correct that and not let it happen again.”

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