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49ers C Weston Richburg out for year

The San Francisco 49ers suffered a big blow on Sunday when center Weston Richburg left in the third quarter of their victory over the New Orleans Saints with a leg injury.

Test results on Monday confirmed bad news. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Richburg suffered a torn patella tendon and will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

The 49ers are also looking at key defensive players missing time for the stretch run of the season.

While it sounds like Sherman and Ford could be back for the playoffs — especially if the 49ers earn a first-round bye — losing Richburg is a setback for the league’s fourth-ranked offense and second-ranked running game. But a bye is no guarantee with games versus the Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams and a key Week 17 clash with the Seattle Seahawks that could determine the NFC West champion remaining.

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Richburgh, meanwhile, will need surgery and rehab before he returns.

A six-year NFL veteran, Richburg has anchored San Francisco’s interior line for two seasons.

Ben Garland finished Sunday’s game in place of Richburg and is expected to take over at center in his place.

Garland took first-team reps during training camp as Richburg recovered from offseason surgery. He drew positive reviews from his teammates on Sunday, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 49ers had 339 total yards to the Saints’ 265 at the time of Richburg’s injury, but they trailed 30-28. 

Center Weston Richburg was carted off the field with an injury to his right knee and ankle. Richburg’s right leg got caught on guard Mike Person’s left leg, causing the center’s leg to awkwardly bend as he went to the ground.  The 49ers signed Richburg to a five-year contract in March 2018. 

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Broncos Derek Wolfe expected to miss rest of season

Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe will miss the rest of the season for the Denver Broncos after dislocating his elbow during Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. The injury came in the fourth quarter and after Wolfe sacked Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers two times during the game.

“I don’t know that he’ll be able to play again this year,” Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said.

The coach said it’s possible Wolfe will be placed on the injured reserve list.

“The time involved with that healing and where we are in the season probably precludes him from playing anymore,” Fangio said.

Despite being in his 8th season, and only playing 12 games, Wolfe had a career high 7 sacks in 2019.

Wolfe is in the final year of his contract with the Broncos.

Fangio praised Wolfe in his weekly news conference on Monday for his “resiliency.”

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“He was just solid and played good. He was where he was supposed to be with the right mindset and he played physical,” Fangio said. “I think he had a career high in sacks, which for a guy at this stage in his career speaks to his resiliency and the work that he’s put in and the effort that he was playing with.”

It was the first time Miller had missed a game since 2013, when he suffered a torn ACL in the second-to-last game of the regular season and then missed the regular-season finale and the Broncos’ three playoff matches, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

Miller, wearing a brace on his left knee, went through a workout before Sunday’s game with Denver head trainer Vince Garcia looking on, and the decision was made to keep Miller out of the lineup versus the Chargers.

As far as whether Miller would play this week versus the Texans, Fangio said this Monday: “I do think there is a good chance he will be able to go this week.”

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Costa sidelined for three months by slipped disc

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has suffered a neck injury that could require surgery and sideline him for around three months.

Costa had been feeling discomfort in the neck and upper back area in recent days.

The former Chelsea forward, 31, appeared in Atletico training earlier this week after featuring on Sunday for 10 minutes off the bench in the 3-1 La Liga victory over Espanyol.

Atletico Madrid say that X-rays on Thursday showed Costa has a herniated cervical disc, adding that he will be assessed by neurosurgery specialists to determine what treatment he will undergo.

If surgery is needed, Costa, who has two goals in 15 appearances for the Spanish club this term. He will be out of action until February 2020 regardless of whether he has an operation.

“The medical services of the club have conducted radiological tests of Diego Costa to assess the cervical discomfort suffered in recent days,” an Atletico announcement read.

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“These tests have determined that the forward suffers a cervical disc herniation.

“In the next few days, he will be evaluated by specialists in neurosurgery to establish the definitive treatment.”

Diego Simeone’s team are presently third in the La Liga table, one point behind Real Madrid and Barcelona who are level at the top of the league.

Atletico are also second in Champions League Group D, and can book their place in the last 16 with a victory over Juventus on November 26.

The injury will further complicate Costa’s hopes of returning to the Spain squad and playing at Euro 2020. He has not featured for La Roja since July 2018.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Atletico have no intention of going into the transfer market to find a temporary substitute for Costa or anyone else, with the club having already reached its salary cap limit set by La Liga.

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Lions QB Matthew Stafford out with broken bones in back

Matthew Stafford’s streak of consecutive starts came to an end, with broken bones in his back sidelining the Detroit Lions’ quarterback for Sunday’s game versus the Bears in Chicago.

Doctors will not allow Stafford to play, despite the fact that he was practicing and throwing 60-yard passes on Friday. He is now contemplated week-to-week with the back injury, with one source telling ESPN that he could be out “this week or three weeks.” Jeff Driskel will start Sunday in his place.

The injury brings an end to Stafford’s impressive streak of 136 consecutive regular-season starts, the sixth longest for a quarterback in NFL history. The last time someone other than Stafford started at quarterback for the Lions was Shaun Hill in Week 17 of the 2010 season.

Stafford’s injury dates back to last season, but he has been playing through the pain. Doctors insisted on further testing that revealed the extent of the damage in his back. When asked about the injury on Wednesday, the quarterback said he was “fine.” He was listed as questionable on the injury report and practiced every day on a limited basis this week.

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Stafford is fourth in the NFL with 2,499 passing yards. Driskel started five games for Cincinnati last season, where he completed 59.7 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and two interceptions.

Stafford, who also has had a hip injury, is no stranger to back issues. Last season, he played through the fracture of one of the bony protrusions that extend from each vertebrae. This injury is not, he said last week, related to that, and he was planning to start yet another game. Only Philip Rivers, with 218, has more consecutive starts among active quarterbacks, and the streak is a matter of pride and competitiveness. 

Signed by the Lions in September, Driskel started five games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, completing 59.7 percent of his passes and throwing for six touchdowns.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton placed on IR with foot injury

Any hope the Carolina Panthers had of seeing former MVP quarterback Cam Newton returning has now flown out the window, with the team having declared they’ll move him to injured reserve with a foot injury that’s sidelined him for most of the season.

Newton sought out additional medical guidance recently when he visited renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay last week, in the hopes of determining why he’s seen no progress in the rehabilitation from his Lisfranc injury.

Surgery was an alternative from the outset, but Newton opted to forego it with the hopes of a natural heal, which hasn’t gone his way.

It is still undetermined if he’ll now decide to go under the knife — the door on his 2019 season now closed due to the injured reserve designation — which would give him a chance to recover and strengthen his foot in time for 2020.

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Of course, his return to the Panthers may be likely, but isn’t guaranteed, and will in large part be determined later on; and the play of backup Kyle Allen over the remainder of this year will sway the decision in one way or the other.

Newton played in just two games this season and struggled in both due to the pain in his foot, throwing for no touchdowns and an interception on a combined 50 for 89 passing. When healthy, he still one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and he’ll have an opportunity next year to prove that is still the case.

Time will tell if that opportunity will be in Charlotte, but Newton has no plans on hanging up his cleats for good.

“He’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my 20-plus years in the league,” Hurney said. “At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100 percent is to place Cam on injured reserve.”

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Joe Flacco to miss 4-6 weeks due to neck injury

Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco is estimated to miss four to six weeks with a neck injury, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter noted surgery is not viewed as a need, though Flacco will receive a pair of additional medical opinions to determine the best course of action.

Flacco will land on injured reserve because of a herniated disk. NFL Network colleague Ian Rapoport previously mentioned IR was “strongly” being considered

On Monday, head coach Vic Fangio ruled Flacco out of the team’s Week 9 game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Brandon Allen—who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 1—will start in Flacco’s place.

Denver’s bye falls in Week 10, perhaps limiting the amount of game action Flacco will miss. In his first year in Denver, Flacco has completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He has led the team to a 2-6 record through the first half of the season.

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Injuries are not something the 2008 first-round pick had to deal with early in his career.

He started the first 122 regular-season contests, never missing a game until Year 8. He missed just six games through 10 seasons, with all six coming in 2015.

However, the 34-year-old has had to deal with injuries the past two seasons.

Flacco, then with the Baltimore Ravens, started the first nine games of the 2018 campaign before a hip injury sidelined him. By the time he was healthy enough to play again, rookie Lamar Jackson had seized the starting job on his way to leading the Ravens to the AFC North crown.

For the second consecutive season, an injury has kept Flacco out of action. And now, his season may be in jeopardy. Flacco has two years and $44.5 million remaining on his contract beyond 2019. Denver obtained the Super Bowl XLVII MVP from Baltimore in March in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick.

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes suffers patella dislocation

Patrick Mahomes suffered a serious knee injury during the second quarter of Thursday night’s 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback went down with the injury with 10:00 left in the second quarter following a fourth-down QB sneak. Mahomes was supervised by trainers on the field before walking off with them into the Chiefs locker room. The team quickly ruled him out with a knee injury.

“Not many people get hurt on a sneak, so it’s a freak thing,” Reid said. “It happens. I was proud of our guys stepping up. They didn’t let down. You’ve seen that over the years. You’ve seen teams let themselves down after one of your best players or the best player gets hurt, particularly the quarterback. … They really upped their game, I thought.”

Matt Moore arrived the game at QB for Mahomes with Kansas City leading 10-6.

Moore led Kansas City on eight more drives with six ending in a punt, one in a field goal and one in a Tyreek Hill 57-yard receiving touchdown. Moore, 35, finished 10-of-19 for 117 yards and a TD.

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“Matt did a nice job of stepping in there,” Reid said of Moore’s performance. “We didn’t have to really back down on anything we had called. We were able to pick up from right where we left off, so I was proud of him. He’s not getting any younger. So for him to get in there and do what he did, that’s a heck of a job.”

“I was devastated for him,” Moore offered of Mahomes. “Obviously, he’s been dinged up. He’s popped up pretty quick before, so this one wasn’t that case. I just hope he’s OK, you know?

“But, at the same time, we got to go win a football game. I’ve been in this position before. You just kind of got to move forward and go. Just wish him the best.”

Mahomes was seen in the locker room with a brace on his knee, breaking down the Chiefs after the win. The QB exited after three drives with a stat line of 10-for-11, 76 yards and a touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman.

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Alexis Sanchez out for three months after going ankle surgery

Alexis Sanchez is set to be out for three months after undergoing ankle surgery on Wednesday.

The Manchester United forward, who is on loan at Inter Milan for the season, picked up the injury while on international game when he went down during the second half of a 0-0 friendly draw with Colombia on Saturday.

Following the match, the Chile Football Federation revealed that Sanchez had suffered “dislocated tendons”.

Inter’s evaluation of the injury produced the same diagnosis as the Chilean will now be out of action until 2020 after undergoing surgery in Barcelona on Wednesday.

“Alexis Sanchez went to Barcelona this morning for a consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat. The visit confirmed the diagnosis of the Nerazzurri medical staff, it was therefore decided to proceed with surgery on the left ankle,” the club said in a statement.

Sanchez joined Inter from United this summer, completing a season-long loan to the Serie A club after struggling to find any sort of form at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After showing one of the Premier League’s most prolific scorers during his time with Arsenal, scoring 80 goals in 166 appearances, Sanchez moved to Man Utd in January 2018.

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However, he never reached those dizzying Emirates heights during his time in Manchester, as the Chilean fired just five goals in 45 matches before heading to Inter this summer.

Sanchez has made four appearances for Inter since joining the club, scoring one goal in a 3-1 win over Sampdoria that also saw him sent off.

However, he will now miss out on a number of crucial matches in both Serie A and the Champions League.

Inter now sit second in the Champions League, one point behind league-leaders Juventus through seven matches played.

The Italian club also faces an uphill battle in the Champions League, as they sit fourth in their group behind Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Slavia Prague. Next up for Inter is a visit to Sassuolo this weekend before the club returns to Champions League play against group leaders Dortmund.

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Spurs’ Lloris won’t need surgery, out until ’20

Hugo Lloris will not demand surgery on the dislocated elbow suffered in Tottenham’s defeat at Brighton – but the club captain has sustained ligament damage and isn’t projected to return to training until early next year.

With three minutes played at the Amex Stadium, the Frenchman attempted to claim Pascal Gross’ cross but fumbled it and fell into his goalmouth.

As Lloris clutched his arm in agony, Neal Maupay tapped in the Seagulls’ first in a 2-0 defeat that increased the pressure on an under-fire Spurs side.

Lloris got treatment on the pitch for the injury before being carried off on a stretcher. 

The 32-year-old will be sidelined until early next year, however, according to France boss Didier Deschamps. 

‘He has had tests. It is difficult to say how long he will be out, I am not a medical specialist,’ Deschamps told a press conference. ‘As far as we (France) are concerned, he obviously will not be with us for this camp, nor the next one.

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‘Processes will be put in place for his rehabilitation. We are talking several weeks, indeed several months.

‘He will not return to the pitch in 2019, that’s almost certain.’   

Tottenham confirmed that Lloris is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation. 

A source close to the player had told The Sun: ‘There is no surgery planned at the moment and Hugo is hoping he will not need it.

‘Of course, that could all change if it doesn’t heal properly. But the early signs are looking good.’  

With Lloris now ruled out until most likely after Christmas, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will also have to deal with a nightmare run of form that sees the club sit ninth in the Premier League table. The defeat on the south coast comes just days after a record 7-2 Champions League hammering by Bayern Munich. 

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Nadal out of Shangahai Masters with hand injury

The ATP said Friday that Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Shanghai Masters due to a left hand injury.

Nadal is a two-time finalist in Shanghai — 2009 and 2017 — and was looking to extend an 11-match winning streak. He pulled out of his final match at the Laver Cup with a left wrist injury two weeks ago.

He has also won 28 of his last 29 matches, a run that contains his fourth U.S. Open title and 12th Roland Garros championship in addition to Masters 1000 crowns in Montreal and Rome.

Defending Shanghai champion Novak Djokovic will have a chance to close the gap on Nadal in the battle to finish as the year-end No. 1.

Djokovic trails Nadal by 1,960 points in the ATP Race to London. Djokovic could earn 500 points if he wins the Tokyo title this weekend and another 1,000 points by winning Shanghai.

Nadal said on shanghairolexmasters.com: ‘I am very sad to announce that I won’t be able to play in Shanghai this year.

‘As you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven’t had the time to recover and practice to be ready for this amazing event.  ‘I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament.’

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The injury is in many ways timely given Nadal’s wedding to his long-time girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello is later this month.

And at the time he said: ““It is not my wrist by the way, it is my hand.

“My hand is a little bit inflamed. After New York I had a little bit of an issue probably after the final.

“I felt a little bit, the first day here, then a little bit more every day.”

However it is not all doom and gloom for the Spaniard as he can still return to the top of the world rankings next week.

Nadal is 640 points behind Djokovic in the standings but the world No 1 is the defending champion in Shanghai.

That means the Serbian needs to win the title again to retain 1000 points so an early loss could see him drop to second.

He is scheduled to return to action at the Paris Masters beginning on October 28.

The Spaniard has never won the Shanghai Masters but reached the final twice, in 2009 and 2017. 

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