Category: Los Angeles Chargers

Three questions with Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake

The Buccaneers (3-6) and Dolphins (4-5) were supposed to play in Miami on Sept. 10 in the 2017 regular-season opener. Instead the two teams are playing in Week 11 after Hurricane Irma robbed both teams of their bye week this season.

The go-ahead goal came after New York defenseman Johnny Boychuk tied the game with the Islanders on a two-man advantage. Boychuk finished off a passing play at 7:13 of the middle period with his third goal of the season, assisted by Bailey and John Tavares.

The 20-year-old Barzal — a first-round draft pick by the Islanders in 2015 — has 20 points overall.

According to the NFL Network, a person with knowledge of the situation said Smith will be unable to play with a groin injury and Byron Bell will start at left tackle for Dallas instead.

Smith missed practice again Thursday, meaning he hasn’t practiced all week.

Chaz Green started at left tackle for the Cowboys Sunday, but he was benched due to his ineffectiveness. Green allowed five sacks to Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn before he was taken out of the game in favor of Bell.

Derek Carr is still picking up stats — 1,954 yards with 13 touchdowns to seven interceptions while completing 65.2 percent of his passes — but there’s just something missing. He, and the entire Raiders team, got “shook” at Washington in Week 3 and they have been trying to get their legs under them ever since. Carr often doesn’t look comfortable in the pocket and gets rid of the ball too soon, before a play can develop. He also seems to be putting too much touch, or air, on his passes at times. Is last year’s broken leg still on his mind? Is the broken bone in his back, suffered in Week 4, still an issue? Carr was supposed to be an MVP candidate for a Super Bowl contender this season. Instead, something just looks, well, off. — Paul Gutierrez

Lewis sees one aspect of his team’s game that is a factor in its declining offense.

The Redskins have suffered a number of injuries this season, but Thompson’s could arguably be the biggest because of his productivity and the fact that he’ll be difficult to replace. Marshall offers quickness and played some receiver in college, but Thompson’s ability to pass protect has made him invaluable.

After joining fellow owners in May in unanimously authorizing the compensation committee to work on a contract extension with Goodell, Jones last month at owners meetings in New York called Goodell’s proposed new contract “the most one-sided deal ever,” according to OTL, which noted that Goodell has earned more than $200 million since he was elected commissioner in August 2006.

Lockhart on Thursday said he expects Goodell’s contract extension to be wrapped up soon but couldn’t give an exact timeline.

James needed stitches in the third quarter to close a gash above his lip that drew blood. He punched back at the Nets in the fourth and finished with 33 points.

With the Cavs up 100-99, James began his one-man show with a pair of free throws. He dropped in a couple left-handed shots and then drained two 3-pointers — the last a step-back with 55 seconds left to give Cleveland a 118-107 lead.

James’ solo performance enabled the Cavs to avenge a 112-107 loss in Brooklyn last month.

“There was more structure in our game at the beginning of the season,” Lewis said. “We have to go home and regroup.”nike_patriots_3215

Sunday Night Football: Three takeaways from Eagles’ win over rival Cowboys

The Eagles all but wrapped up the NFC East Sunday night in Dallas with a 37-9 win over the Cowboys.

The Cowboys desperately needed a win but were also shorthanded against the NFL-leading Eagles. Not only was Ezekiel Elliott suspended, but starting left tackle Tyron Smith and linebacker Sean Lee were also ruled out.

The team’s star power was reduced to Dez Bryant, who had a solid game with eighth grabs for 63 yards. After allowing six sacks to Adrian Clayborn against the Falcons, Prescott was sacked four more times exposing a problem the Cowboys need to address.

“The thing I like most about Case is he’s got big balls,” Zimmer said. “He’s not afraid, he’s going to pull the trigger and he’s going to play like that. That’s a good thing.”

With a play that Zimmer said had “a good ending” after the game, Keenum reaffirmed his belief in the benefit of taking risks and the results they often yield.

“You want to give your guys a chance,” Keenum said. “Some chances are better than others, some risks are better than others. Take that third down we threw it deep to Adam last week. Pretty well covered by Lamarcus Joyner. Had a chance, but you might check it down at that point and get a first down. There’s a lot of give and take and a lot of ways you can look at it.”

One of his biggest throws of the game came in the second quarter when Keenum zipped a 15-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph, who juked Samson Ebukam at the line of scrimmage and caught the ball over Alec Ogletree.

Thunder to decline fourth-year option on forward Josh Huestis

The Oklahoma City Thunder won’t exercise the fourth-year option for the 2018-19 season on forward Josh Huestis, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Huestis, 25, has seen sparse playing time since being drafted 29th overall by the Thunder in 2014, though he has cracked the rotation this season, appearing in all seven games so far.

The Thunder can still re-sign Huestis next summer as an unrestricted free agent, but can pay him only up to $2.2 million. The organization remains very high on him as a player, but without enough information and given the uncertainty of the roster going forward, is electing to maintain some flexibility.

“This is the only organization I’ve known and it feels like family, it feels like home, so obviously I would love to continue to be part of the organization and so I’m not thinking about next summer yet.”

Huestis is averaging 1.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game this season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to force a Game 7 against the Houston Astros with a win Tuesday night. And cheering them on (or simply watching the spectacle) at Dodger Stadium? A cast of high-profile fans.

Garoppolo impressed NFL fans last season, when he stepped in for Tom Brady during Brady’s Deflategate suspension. How will the 25-year-old do as the newest addition to the Niners’ offense? Vote now!

In 2016, Garoppolo had four touchdown passes and a 68.3 completion percentage, with no interceptions in six games. Unless his lawyers can reverse the suspension on appeal or win an emergency injunction pending the appeal, Elliott will likely miss the next six games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, Redskins and New York Giants before being eligible to return in Week 15 against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 17.blues-016

Chargers DE claims Patriots security guard ‘assaulted’ kid prior to game

Chargers defensive end Chris McCain has a fun tradition before every game where he will pick a kid out of the stands and bring them down onto the field for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can scroll through his Instagram page and see all of the times he has done it this season.

But if you look at his latest post, you’ll see he ran into a problem while trying to continue his tradition Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., before the Chargers played the Patriots. He provided video and photos of him being stopped by a Gillette Stadium security guard, and he explained in his caption what happened.

Skinner pulled Carolina to 2-1 with a power-play goal with 7 seconds remaining in the first for his seventh of the season. Staal tied it with 6:27 to go in the second as he got Sebastian Aho’s pass from behind the net and beat Miller stick side.

It will be interesting to see if this affects Ingram’s role going forward, considering the Saints have another talented running back in rookie Alvin Kamara, who has been serving as a “1-B” to Ingram’s “1-A.”

Kamara finished Sunday’s game with eight carries for 28 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 48 yards.

Saints coach Sean Payton wouldn’t reveal what his message to Ingram was during a brief sideline exchange.

“The message to Mark will be between me and Mark,” said Payton, who earlier commented that, “You turn the ball over like we did, and you don’t deserve to win games like that. You can’t do it.”

I’ve heard a lot of fans talk about Constitutional rights.

Rizzo blooped a tiebreaking single into left field with two outs in the eighth and the Cubs overcame Max Scherzer’s brilliant performance to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.

Paul Secunda, director, labor and employment law program, Marquette University: “I’ve heard a lot of fans talk about Constitutional rights. There are no First Amendment rights involved here because it’s in the private, not public, sector. But I do believe that this is illegal. Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act allows employees to engage in activities to improve workplace conditions. By telling players they can’t stand for the anthem, Jerry Jones is effectively chilling such expression, which is a violation of the act.”

His girlfriend, Deja Hiott, tweeted and then deleted a declaration of Bryant’s disappointment: “You guys should have seen it coming. Taking him off the field, not giving the ball or the chance to reach his full potential.”

It is likely Bryant and his people saw that the Steelers responded to Antonio Brown’s abuse of a cooler during the Oct. 1 Baltimore game by calling for a long pass down the right sideline to AB on the first play of their next game — then decided he might get similar treatment. Of course, if Bryant had caught the same pass, directed his way on the first play of the game at Chicago, none of this falderol might have been necessary.

That pass glanced off his fingertips.

He would do well to drop fewer balls and less news.tigers_001

The players stood with their arms locked during the anthem.

The Colts wore black T-shirts with the words “We Will” on the front and “Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity” on the back for the second straight week.

Pence tweeted a statement in which he said he would not dignify any event that disrespects soldiers, the flag or the anthem.

In retrospect, Caldwell didn’t get nearly enough credit for guiding a 14-2 team before getting stuck in the 2-14 “Suck for Luck” period. The Lions are thrilled they gave Caldwell a second chance to make an NFL name for himself. His calm demeanor and QB acumen has been critical to all of their success.

There’s been nothing polarizing about Caldwell’s personality, and the players love fighting for him. In a league where everyone is looking for that young hotshot, going cooler and older with Caldwell has been welcomed vs. the past forced fieriness.

Joe Flacco and EJ Manuel is the QB matchup nobody wanted to see this season, so here it is. The Black Hole is a tough trip for the falling black birds. Khalil Mack makes up for Derek Carr’s absence as Oakland’s defense out-slugs that of Baltimore in an ugly game.

Mitchell Trubisky draws his first career start against a tough Vikings defense, and Minnesota might very well get Sam Bradford back. Chicago will still lean heavily on its young backs, while Bradford, without Dalvin Cook, will help open things up again to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. More aggressive trumps more conservative on MNF.
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Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower, WR Danny Amendola out for Sunday’s game vs. Saints

The injury bug has bitten the Patriots early in their Super Bowl title defense, as linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) and wide receiver Danny Amendola have been ruled out of Sunday’s game at the Saints, CBS Boston reports.

Both absences were expected, as neither Hightower nor Amendola practiced this week. Both players were injured in New England’s Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

One person close to Revis said this weekend that the cornerback is still expected to play in 2017, even though he has not visited any teams yet. Revis has been training in Florida and is still interested in a return to the NFL.

The Chargers made contact with Revis before they placed Jason Verrett on injured reserve Saturday, which made it official that they are in need of help at cornerback. Verrett decided to undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee, a source told Schefter.

Revis has 29 interceptions over his 10-year career, including three touchdown returns. He also has made 483 tackles, two sacks, six forced fumbles and 11 fumble recoveries.

Trade Review: If you know and trust everyone in your league, you can skip trade reviews altogether. That way, when you make a trade minutes before a game starts, you can immediately insert those new players into your lineups. Otherwise, it is wise to give your fellow owners a day or two to vote on whether to veto a trade. It’s important to note that a trade should not be vetoed simply because you feel it may be lopsided. Quite often such trades turn out to be just fine or the owners had good reason to make the deal, even if it seems one-sided. Vetoes should be reserved for when collusion or blatant tanking is involved and will affect the integrity of the league.
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Ravens quickly delete tweet with royal gaffe

Call it a royal gaffe.

The Ravens social media team quickly realized its mistake Tuesday after tweeting an image of Queen Elizabeth II with the team’s logo photoshopped across her countenance to look like facepaint. The tweet said, “The Queen is ready for us to #FlockToLondon.”

The tweet was a clear attempt to promote the Ravens’ game against the Jaguars Sunday at London’s Wembley Stadium. As the queen might say, it was a creative attempt, but not exactly the formula for social media success.

Questionable (Q): This remains the most dreaded player designation. By definition it means a player is “uncertain to play.” How uncertain is uncertain? There is no percentage or measurement scale, which leaves this classification rather vague. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he feels on game-day morning or how he performs during warm-ups. Final inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff.

Doubtful (D): The doubtful designation means a player is unlikely to play that week. Rarely does a player labeled as doubtful end up playing, unless he experiences a major turnaround before game time.

Each week in the Saturday blog, I run down a list of key fantasy players, by position, who appear in the Friday injury report, along with the injured body part as listed on the report, player status and any relevant developments or insight. The primary fantasy positions are covered (quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end).o (16)

Browns place WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve

The Cleveland Browns have placed Corey Coleman on injured reserve after the receiver had surgery for a broken right hand, the team announced Tuesday.

Coleman, who had six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in two starts this season, will be eligible to return to practice after six weeks and to the active roster after eight.

Johnson started the game alongside Joseph. The Texans were relying on Johnson after they lost top corner A.J. Bouye in free agency this offseason.

In place of Joseph and Johnson, the Texans played recently signed cornerback Marcus Burley and rookie Treston Decoud on Thursday. Cornerback Kareem Jackson led the team with seven tackles and added a sack and forced fumble.

Banks was signed by the Chicago Bears in March but was cut before the season.

He was a second-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. The Bucs traded him to the Lions for a seventh-round pick in November 2016. He was released by the Lions in December.

When asked whether he was concerned any of the injuries were season-ending, McCarthy said: “I don’t think I’ll be reporting on season-ending injuries, no.”

Nelson left during the Packers’ first drive because of a quad injury to his right leg and did not re-enter the game despite going through treatment and riding an exercise bike on the sideline. It’s the same leg that Nelson hurt in the 2015 preseason, when he tore his ACL and missed the entire season. This, however, is a soft-tissue injury.

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