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Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower out for season with torn pectoral

Starting linebacker Dont’a Hightower of the New England Patriots is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, ESPN has confirmed.

Hightower is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews on Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. And while sources say Hightower’s season is over, the Patriots are still uncertain he will be out for the year, another source told ESPN.

According to ESPN’s Pat McManamon, The 10-time Pro Bowler exited the locker room sporting a sling on his left arm. McManamon also pointed out that Thomas had to undergo an MRI to figure out the exact injury. Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Thomas’ injury was personal to him.

“He’s a huge part of what we do, a huge part of this organization. And we’ll see where he is, but obviously, that’s a big blow,” Jackson said.

After the game, Thomas said he didn’t have any function in his left arm. “I think you can play about 30 or 40 percent function with your one arm, but when you have no function in one arm, it’s hard to block edge rushers with only one hand,” Thomas said.

After a shutout loss on the road against the Chargers and a season that is now 3-3 heading into Week 8, the Broncos know they have issues they need to fix but they are not hitting the panic button.

With a fearsome defense and a collection of young offensive talent that is already clicking, it is tough to disagree with Donald. The Rams’ Super Bowl window appears to be opening, but the Cardinals had the distinct look of a team whose time as contenders is all but over, and Palmer’s injury should see the end of any hopes Arians’ old guys had of a late push for glory.

Roger Goodell’s contract extension delayed due to NFL anthem protests, report says

The protests have affected TV ratings, merchandise sales and has had an impact on how Americans feel about the NFL as a whole.
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Appeals officer James Thrash, who was jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA, made the decision not to lift Lynch’s ban. The veteran will be permitted to rejoin the Raiders Oct. 30.

Lynch was suspended on Friday for unsportsmanlike conduct after making contact with an official during the second quarter of Thursday’s win over the Chiefs. He was ejected from the game and assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after running onto the field from the sideline following a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who is also Lynch’s cousin.

Last year is finished, Blank said. I’d say the franchise had a wonderful year, I mean that truly. Both on and off the field. We finished our stadium, the team had a wonderful year, competed at the highest level. It didn’t end the way we wanted to, we certainly didn’t conclude the way we wanted to. But we’ve learned from it, grown from it, I think we’re better for it.
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As for New England, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski revealed this week that the team is under strict rules not to discuss the Super Bowl.

We’ll see who gets the last word at Gillette Stadium at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday night. Newton skipped last week’s required interviews with the local media, but he did speak after Sunday’s 17-3 loss to the Bears.

The Steelers got back to business, and 5 more things we loved about the NFL in Week 6

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Smith has been serviceable in recent memory. He’s 26-4 in his last 30 regular season starts. But he’s taken his game to the next level this season en route to the hot start for the Chiefs. His quarterback rating of 125.8 is better than every quarterback in the league but Sam Bradford. That’s only because Bradford just played one game before being sidelined with a knee injury. Smith’s 11 touchdowns with no interceptions puts him in lofty company.
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It wasn’t just Cousins who started the game strong. The Washington defense was laying out anybody and everybody wearing red. After Travis Kelce got a first down for the Chiefs which came at a premium early he celebrated in front of the Washington defense and got instant retribution on the next play from Josh Norman.

The Chiefs gave right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif a five-year, $41.25 million deal in February, but would be lucky to get him back soon. The young offensive lineman was carted off with a knee injury early Monday night and the team is already concerned it’s a ligament injury.

Washington had its fair share of injuries, too, with Robert Kelley, Trent Williams, Josh Norman, and others all exiting at various points of the game.

NFL will change rule that banned some rookies from OTAs. It’s about time.

The NFL will finally change a rule that barred rookies from participating in organized team activities (OTAs) if their school was still in session, according to Pro Football Talk.
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This is going to sound familiar, but there’s no injury on the 49ers that matters more right now than linebacker Reuben Foster’s high ankle sprain. Foster appeared to be on the verge of a return last week, but coach Kyle Shanahan resisted the urge to bring Foster back, despite an apparent flood of hope that he could return. A lot of guys in this building wanted him to play pretty bad, and I know Reuben did, Shanahan said. He was close all week. But I didn’t think he put together three days 100 percent like we wanted him to, and I just had to go against what we wanted, and I felt like it was much better for Reuben. It was tough to do, but I’m glad we did it. Shanahan said Wednesday that he is very optimistic that Foster will return this week. — Nick Wagoner
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With word that left guard Luke Joeckel will be out for another month or so following knee surgery, the biggest question mark on the injury front is Michael Bennett. The bye week allowed him to rest the plantar fascia foot injury he suffered in Week 5, and though Bennett didn’t practice Wednesday, he said he plans to play Sunday against the Giants. He feels like he’s going to play, but he’s going to need all these days to keep healing, coach Pete Carroll said. Bennett’s availability would be significant not only because he plays more than any other Seattle defensive linemen when healthy but also because the Seahawks are already without their other Pro Bowl defensive end, Cliff Avril, who’s out indefinitely with a neck/spine injury. — Brady Henderson

Roger Goodell makes presentation to NFL owners concerning demonstrations

Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff made a presentation to NFL owners similar to the one made earlier Tuesday to the players in an attempt to resolve the issues surrounding the national anthem demonstrations, a senior NFL official told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

NFL owners, players and representatives met to discuss social issues in the wake of protests across the league, and many involved called the session a positive step.
The owners have been asked to consider Goodell’s presentation and work with the players as a dialogue about the topic continues, the source said.

The official told ESPN that the players and owners have agreed to meet again soon to hammer out specific steps and actions that can be taken jointly to resolve the issue.

Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality.

Once the season started, Folk struggled even more. He missed almost half of his attempts, going just 6 of 11 on field goals and 7 of 9 on extra points.

The Buccaneers will have to try to find some kind of consistency at a position that seems almost cursed. They haven’t had a kicker who has lasted more than one season since Connor Barth’s first stint with the team, from 2008-12. In that time, they’ve trotted out Rian Lindell (2013), Patrick Murray (2014), Kyle Brindza (2015), Barth again (2015), Aguayo (2016), and Folk (2017).

They have the worst field goal percentage in the NFL since then by a wide margin, just 74.1 percent. In the past two seasons alone, the Bucs have hit only 28 of 42 field goal attempts, or a paltry 66.7 percent.

Murray has spent time with the Saints and the Browns. When he played for the Buccaneers in 2014, he made 20 of 24 field goal attempts.sabres_002

Deshaun Watson saved a TD with a flawless tackle after a fumble in Chiefs vs. Texans

D’onta Foreman lost a fumble in the second quarter of the Texans’ Sunday night matchup against the Chiefs. That’s not great, but what was impressive was Deshaun Watson’s flawless tackle to take down Chris Jones after he recovered the ball.

Le’Veon Bell said he knew he would be carrying a big load after last week’s 15 carries on 47 yards in a loss to the Jaguars left him wanting more.
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News of the trade was first reported by NFL Network.

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Protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement gathered outside the hotel where the owners were meeting.

One demonstrator, Hank Newsome, said Kaepernick was being unfairly treated by the N.F.L. because he brought attention to uncomfortable issues, including racism.

What I see with the N.F.L. owners is a bunch of good old boys telling the players: Stay in your place, he said.
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Not long after, two protesters confronted the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as he walked through the lobby of the hotel, saying that the players were kneeling during the anthem to end white supremacy. Jones listened to the protesters but did not speak to them.

ESPN wants the unapologetic blackness without the unapologetic part. Or the black part. To ensure that, the network twisted its rules and contorted itself into a bullwhip to make sure Hill knows what not to say. How not to act. If she is to be the network’s legal property, it wants to make sure she knows that she should obey.

College athletes are no different. The FBI investigation that claimed Pitino’s inviolability arbitrarily focused on a group of schools where boosters were funneling money between coaches, sports agents and shoe companies to get top recruits to commit to certain colleges. You know who wasn’t making any money?

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Almost every analyst and expert who covers college sports says that these kinds of deals take place at almost every high-profile university athletic program. The NCAA, like the NFL and ESPN, selectively enforces its rules to ensure the steady flow of free labor that enriches the institution without compensating the players—or, as the definition of slavery says, without proper remuneration or appreciation.

The Cuban slugger is just one purring component of a machine that has the Dodgers on the brink of an even bigger celebration.

Puig had three hits and drove in two runs, Austin Barnes added a key two-run double and the Dodgers used another relentless hitting performance to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series.

Logan Forsythe had three hits and Kenley Jansen earned a flawless five-out save for the 104-win Dodgers, who have made their mediocre pitching irrelevant by pounding out 17 runs and 24 hits in the first two games against their NL West rival.

On Monday, Baker pulled a dominant Max Scherzer after 6 1/3 innings but 98 pitches in a stinging Game 3 loss. The Nationals have pitched well enough to have swept this series and yet the Cubs can say exactly the same. A crap shoot, indeed.

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He’s the active leader in managerial wins and 14th all-time. Baker was let go by San Francisco after winning the 2002 National League pennant but losing the World Series. He was fired by Cincinnati after two division titles and consecutive playoff appearances — and was out of baseball for two years. Meanwhile, Bryan Price, who replaced Baker in Cincinnati, has never had a winning season, lost 372 games in four years and finished 36, 35.5 and 24 games out of first place the past three, last-place seasons. While Baker sweats, Cincinnati picked up Price’s option on Sept. 4, nearly a month before season’s end. He has lost 90 games three straight years.

The matchup that matters most: Diamondbacks versus fastballs and cutters early in the count against Darvish.

One key stat to know: Greinke is 2-5 in seven starts against the Dodgers since signing with Arizona in 2016 (including a five-homer game in September 2016). But he faced the Dodgers three times the final two months of 2017 and allowed just five runs over 19.2 innings.

Because his breaking stuff is so nasty, Darvish has one of the biggest splits among pitchers for when they get ahead versus when they don’t. He doesn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in his fastball, which is why he’ll nibble too much on the corners at times. Anyway, check out the batter results on various counts:

“I would love to be here long term. I hope I’m here long term,” said Smart. “I love the organization, I love the fans, I love everything the Celtics are about.”

Ingram’s 95.2 ADP indicates that most people aren’t as high on him as they were heading into last season, when he was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft. Here’s the thing with Ingram, though. He got a ton of playing time as a rookie, for better or worse. Not only did he play 79 games, he started 40 of them, and averaged 28.8 minutes.

In three game since returning from a suspension, Seferian-Jenkins has made a steady impact for the Jets, catching 15 passes on 18 targets. There aren’t a ton of other players he’s competing for a workload within the Jets offense, and ASJ has made good after a promising offseason. A good story of a player who has turned his life around and has value as a starter in 12-team or larger leagues, especially with more tight end injuries in Week 5 (Charles Clay, for example).

“We would never put a player on the field that we thought could not protect himself,” Sugarman said. “… These issues are very difficult to manage and to treat. … We were all on the same page with, ‘Should Sam play or should Sam not play?'”