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Chiefs sign Orlando Scandrick

When Orlando Scandrick was released by the Washington Redskins, it was promptly reported that the Kansas Chiefs would be his first free agent visit. The veteran cornerback was in Kansas City by Tuesday night, and it would appear that visit went well.

Former Cowboys corner Orlando Scandrick signed with the Chiefs early Sunday morning. The contract is for one year and $1.5 million, according to NFL Network.

Scandrick, who fills the roster opening created by safety Robert Golden’s departure, was released by Washington earlier this week after signing a two-year, $10 million max deal with the organization in March. Scandrick, 31, earned a $1 million signing bonus before his release.

Prior to his short stint with Washington, Scandrick spent nine seasons in Dallas, but he hasn’t played in a full 16-game season since 2013 because of injury. Scandrick started 11 games for the Cowboys last year before a back injury cut his season short.

During his Cowboys career, Scandrick amassed 362 tackles, 11 1/2 sacks and eight interceptions.

With the offseason departure of Marcus Peters, the Chiefs have been on the market for a veteran cornerback throughout the summer. During training camp, the organization hosted free-agent corner Bashaud Breeland.

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With corner David Amerson’s struggles and Steven Nelson’s concussion, Scandrick’s addition to the secondary gives the group much-needed depth from a veteran player.

The 31-year-old was reported to be drawing significant interest on the open market. He will add much-needed experience to an overhauled Chiefs secondary that lost Marcus Peters, Terrance Mitchell, Phillip Gaines, Darrelle Revis and Ron Parker in an offseason purge.

Scandrick (5-10, 196) brings a veteran presence to a Chiefs cornerback group that has some youth and inexperience behind their top three of Kendall Fuller, Steven Nelson, and David Amerson. Right behind those three and in excellent position to win a spot is rookie and sixth-round pick Tremon Smith out of Central Arkansas, who is currently running with the second team at cornerback and has emerged as one of Kansas City’s primary return specialists. Among those competing for the remaining spots at cornerback in Kansas City are veteran Keith Reaser, who has been sidelined recently due to a quad injury; undrafted rookie Arrion Springs, who is also getting some looks at safety; undrafted rookie D’Montre Wade, who has drawn some positive reviews during training camp; and reserve/future signings Will Redmond and Makinton Dorleant.

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Adrian Peterson signs deal with Redskins

After a long search for a replacement running back, the Redskins have settled for seven-time Pro Bowler and former MVP Adrian Peterson.

After losing Derrius Guice for the season to an ACL tear, the Washington Redskins running back room has quickly devolved into chaos. Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine are both dealing with week-to-week injuries, and Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs make for an interesting, but ultimately underwhelming tandem.

Peterson, 33, joins his fourth team as he enters what would be his 12th NFL season. The 2012 MVP is 12th all-time in rushing with 12,276 yards and needs 37 to pass Jim Brown.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, among players with at least 150 rushes over the past two seasons, Peterson has averaged only 3.1 yards per carry — the third-fewest yards per rush attempt in that time.

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The former Minnesota Vikings star split last season between Arizona and New Orleans, playing six games for the Cardinals and four for the Saints and finishing with 529 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Peterson is not guaranteed the starting job with Washington and will likely share responsibilities with Rob Kelley and third-down back Chris Thompson.

NFL contracts are not guaranteed until Sept. 1, so there is no risk in signing Peterson to a contract. The team can see what he has got left in the tank during these final two preseason games and then make a decision anytime between now and Sept. 1 without financial commitment.

“We’ve had very [unlucky] situations with our running backs,” Gruden said. “If something else happens, we are going be really, really, really thin. We want to make sure we’re covering all our bases right now.”

Washington opens the season at Arizona on Sept. 9.

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Delino DeShields with fracture in middle finger

The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has placed outfielder Delino DeShields on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger. The team has recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock.

DeShields sustained the injured finger on an attempted bunt in the 7th inning of Thursday night’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. The first date he would be eligible to return is August 27. DeShields was also on the disabled list from March 31-April 21 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, and he was on the seven-day concussion list from August 4-11. DeShields has batted .204 with 2 home runs, 22 RBI, and a team-high 18 stolen bases over 85 games for the Rangers this season.

Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock for his third stint with Texas this year.

Robinson will be in his third stint with the Rangers this season, also Opening Day-May 20 and August 4-11. He has batted .186 with one home run and 5 RBI in 32 games with Texas in 2018. He has spent the balance of the campaign with Round Rock, batting .303 (64-211) with 10 home runs, 28 RBI, and a .948 OPS figure in 53 games.

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After these transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the major league roster, along with 5 players on the 60-day disabled list.

He began the year hoping for 15 homers and 50 stolen bases as he tried to jump from solid leadoff hitter to one of the game’s best. Instead, he has taken step backwards.

On Friday, though, he sounded, at least, like somebody who understands the situation he’s created.

“I’ve made things complicated because I want to be the best,” DeShields aid. “I want to be a leadoff hitter. I want to be one of the best in the game. I’ve talked to a lot of people about it and they’ve told me the same things. For some reason, I just haven’t been able to accept it. It’s something I’ve got to come to terms with.”

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Patriots Isaiah Wynn with torn achilles, out for season

New England Patriots offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn will miss the 2018 season after tearing his Achilles tendon Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Wynn was taken out of Georgia with the 23rd overall pick in April’s draft.

The 6’2″, 310-pound lineman had to be carted off Gillette Stadium during the first quarter and was initially being evaluated for an ankle injury. Further evaluation showed the full extent of the injury.

It’s a tough blow for a new-look Patriots offensive line, one that lost tackles Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming in free agency. Trent Brown is atop the team’s depth chart at left tackle, and Marcus Cannon is the starter on the right side. However, Wynn, who is listed as a backup at left tackle, saw action at right tackle on Thursday before getting hurt.

Wynn was not expected to start in Week 1, but he was viewed as a top backup option who had the chance to work his way into the starting lineup.

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New England has had tough luck with its first-round picks this year. Running back Sony Michel, the 31st overall pick, underwent a minor procedure earlier this month to drain his knee.

Wynn was playing at right tackle when the injury happened in the first quarter of Thursday’s game. Eagles defensive lineman Michael Bennett pushed Wynn back into Tom Brady, which resulted Wynn limping off the field and going to the medical tent. He was then carted off the field.

As things stand right now, the Patriots fortunately have depth along the o-line with Trent Brown solidified as the starting left tackle, Marcus Cannon starting on the right side along with LaAdrian Waddle, Matt Tobin and Cole Croston making up the rest of the tackles on the 90-man roster.

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Cowboys’ Travis Frederick unlikely to play Saturday

Travis Frederick did not practice Wednesday. The Pro Bowl center spent the morning traveling to Los Angeles to see a specialist about his neck.

Stingers had been affecting Frederick in recent practices, so he felt it was time to get the issue looked at more closely. He received positive news and was back in time to attend the afternoon practice, although he did not participate.

“When you’re working with your neck that’s something you want to be careful of,” Frederick said. “I wanted to be sure that there was nothing else involved, so I went and saw the specialist down in L.A., one of the top guys, and he assured me it’s stingers. Everything is good other than the stingers.”

Frederick said he experienced a stinger a couple of years ago but recently had several over the course of two days. He said sometimes it’s a shooting pain and other times a burning sensation.

“It’s a quick thing,” Frederick said. “But it causes you a little bit of strength loss as well, so you want to make sure that you’re careful.”

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Frederick was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins III, who is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon and co-director of the Marina Spine Clinic in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Joe Looney worked at center with the first-team offense Wednesday. Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin, who has received some snaps at center during camp for emergency purposes, is not yet scheduled to receive more reps there.

The only remedy is rest. Frederick is not expected to practice Thursday, the Cowboys’ last one in California. It’s unlikely he’ll play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys already lost depth in the interior of the offensive line when backup guard Marcus Martin was placed on season-ending injured reserve after tearing a ligament in his big right toe during last week’s preseason opener at San Francisco.

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Wilson Ramos rallies Phillies past Red Sox in debut

Wilson Ramos made a big impact in his first game with the Phillies.

Ramos, acquired in a trade deadline deal two weeks ago and activated from the disabled list on Wednesday afternoon, had a career-high three extra-base hits to help the Phillies come from three runs down to beat the Boston Red Sox, 7-4, at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

Ramos had two doubles and a triple on his way to three RBIs.

Ramos started a game-tying, three-run rally in the fourth inning with an RBI double.

Two innings later, he led off with a triple – just the second of his career and first since 2011 – and scored the go-ahead run on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Scott Kingery.

In the seventh, Ramos drove in two more runs with his second double of the game. The Phils sent eight men to the plate in that inning and scored three runs.

The Phillies’ bullpen was outstanding with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

Over the course of two weeks, the Phillies played the Red Sox four times. The Phils won two and lost two, a more than respectable showing against baseball’s best team.

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The Phillies, who entered the day two games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East, are 66-53. They have matched their wins total from last season with 43 games remaining.

The Phils added Ramos because they needed an offensive boost and he delivered it.

“Today is a special day, especially for me, my Phillies debut,” Ramos said. “I remember feeling the same in my MLB debut. I went 4 for 5 in my MLB debut. This one, pretty similar. It made me feel excited. I wanted to show everybody here what I can do and that’s what I can do.”

A night after giving up a tie-breaking homer in a 2-1 loss to Boston, Tommy Hunter, one of seven relievers employed by manager Gabe Kapler, got the win.

“The dude is a stud,” Hunter said. “I played with him last year. You can’t expect anything less from a buffalo. He’s a welcomed addition. And we can’t welcome him with more open arms than what we have tonight.”

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Rizzo leads Cubs past Brewers

A three-game lead is better than a one-game advantage, and that was all that mattered Wednesday.

Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 to strengthen its hold on the NL Central.

The Cubs bounced back nicely from their 7-0 loss in the opener of the two-game series, improving to 9-4 against the Brewers this year. But they have six more games left in the season series and St. Louis is gaining quickly, so Rizzo and company coolly packed up their three-game advantage over the second-place Brewers and got ready for a six-game trip.

“I think early on we knew it was going to come down to the wire,” Rizzo said, “so I don’t see us or any team pulling away like crazy. Winning games versus our division is always big, and this one was nice.”

Milwaukee had a chance to inch closer to Chicago, but instead lost for the fourth time in six games. Junior Guerra (6-8) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, and first baseman Eric Thames committed an error that helped set up a run.

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“It was definitely a hard game,” Guerra said. “Some of the things just didn’t go our way today.”

The Brewers, who are in position for a wild card, also lost left fielder Ryan Braun and catcher Manny Pina to injuries. Braun departed with tightness on the right side of his rib cage, and Pina hurt his left shoulder when he collided with Javier Baez while he was diving back to second in the seventh.

Rizzo, who had been leading off, drove a 0-1 pitch from Guerra into the basket in left for a two-run shot in the first. The big first baseman also blooped a run-scoring single into centre in the Cubs’ three-run fourth, helped by a partly cloudy sky that made life difficult for each team all afternoon.

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Dolphins cut Gabe Wright after fight at training camp

There was a fight at Miami Dolphins training camp on Monday. Well, four of them, really. But we’re here to talk about one in particular.

This was a scuffle that broke out between sub-package defensive tackle Gabe Wright and starting running back Kenyan Drake, after Wright hit Drake “with an elbow or fist while Drake’s back was turned during a pile up of offensive and defensive players,” according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Later that day, the Dolphins cut Wright from the team.

Wright was a fourth-round pick by the Lions back in 2015, but he has bounced around the league during his three NFL seasons, seeing time with the Browns, the Eagles’ practice squad, and then the Dolphins. He was a sparingly-used backup on the interior defensive line last year, and he’s recorded just 11 tackles and two pass deflections across 13 games during his time in the league.

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“Everyone is getting tired of hitting each other,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said, per the Miami Herald. “In camp, that’s what happens in the NFL about this time every year, every team.”

The fight started after another Dolphins running back, Senorise Perry, was repeatedly tackled to the ground and his offensive teammates got fed up, leading to some pushing and shoving.

“It’s got to be within the context of doing what we’re asking you to do and executing the scheme too,” added defensive coordinator Matt Burke, per ESPN. “Just coming out here, being a jackass and running around, that doesn’t help us either.”

Wright was in a battle to make the roster after spending most of last year on the Dolphins’ practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 309-pound Auburn product is entering his fourth season in the NFL with 13 games, nine tackles, and one costly training camp cheap shot.

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Dolphins DeVante Parker suffers broken finger

The Miami Dolphins could be without DeVante Parker for some time after the receiver suffered a broken middle finger on his right hand in Sunday’s practice, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Parker is “week to week” with a hand injury and noted that he couldn’t catch a ball right now. He won’t play in the Dolphins’ preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday.

Parker, the Dolphins 2015 first-round pick, got his right hand caught in Xavien Howard’s shoulder pads as the third-year cornerback broke up a pass intended for him. Gase called it a “very odd looking play.”

The Dolphins were hoping for big things from Parker after his inconsistent first three seasons as a pro. He has struggled at times during this training camp as well, particularly against Howard. This injury is the latest setback.

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The Dolphins are counting on him to play a major role in the passing game with the opportunity to secure the top receiving role as quarterback Ryan Tannehill go-to option following the departure of Pro Bowl wideout Jarvis Landry in a trade to the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason. His primary competition for that spot may be Kenny Stills and Amendola, who have each demonstrated in their careers that they can be dependable receiving option in huge roles.

He has proven to be a productive and reliable receiving option over his brief NFL, but injuries have limited his impact on the field despite coming off a 2017 campaign where he made a career-high 57 catches for 670 receiving yards and a touchdown in 13 games played. Parker has shown to have tremendous talent but has yet to fulfill that in his first four years but has shown flashes of promise.

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49ers sign Alfred Morris

Kyle Shanahan dropped a bit of breaking news during his press conference on Monday. The San Francisco 49ers are going to sign veteran running back Alfred Morris, pending a physical. The addition of Morris comes in the wake of injuries to Matt Breida (shoulder) and Jerick McKinnon (calf).

Morris played in Shanahan’s offense with the Washington Redskins from 2012-13. The running back posted a career high 1,613 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012. He added 1,275 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013.

Morris, who was a sixth-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins out of Florida Atlantic in 2012, had three 1,000-yard performances in his first three NFL seasons, including a 1,613-yard/13-touchdown performance as a rookie and a 1,275-yard/7-touchdown performance in 2013.

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“Alf did a great job for us for the two years I was with him,” Shanahan said. “It’s not flashy but he runs extremely hard. He’s very reliable. He’s always been able to – you block it for zero, (he) usually can get at least one. He’s a hard-nose runner, you can keep handing the ball off to who’s very reliable.”

Morris has spent the last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as the backup to Ezekiel Elliott. He’s racked up 5,503 rushing yards, 32 touchdowns and two Pro Bowl appearances during his six-year NFL career.

“I wouldn’t invite him unless I believed he had a chance to make the team, and I do believe he has the chance to make the team here, and that’s all Alf wants,” Shanahan said. “He wants a chance to compete, and I think with some of these injuries that we’ve had, now he does have a chance to compete. He’s getting in late, but we’ll see how he does over these next few weeks. If he’s running the same way he always has, he’ll have a chance.”

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