Amari Cooper injury update: Jack Del Rio blasts Broncos over ‘vicious’ hit

Raiders wider receiver Amari Cooper was knocked from Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a concussion following what an angry Oakland coach Jack Del Rio described as a “vicious hit.”

The Raiders’ Derek Carr said a postgame conversation with Cooper left the quarterback feeling relatively positive, though seeing Cooper motionless on the ground was hard, especially since Carr felt some responsibility for the pass and then hit.

“Anytime I throw a ball and I feel like I had anything to do with it, it rips my heart out,” Carr said. “I’m not even going to lie, I had to hold back the motions of him getting hit and thinking it was my fault. The way the linebacker played it, I had to throw it where I had to throw it. But anytime he gets hit, I feel terrible. (Center Rodney Hudson) saw it on my face and said, ‘Hey man shake it off, we gotta win this game.’ I was like ‘You’re right, I’ll be good, but that’s my brother.’”

Former Patriots and Colts coach Ron Meyer, who also led SMU’s famed “Pony Express” teams that starred Eric Dickerson and Craig James, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 76.

“I am sad to hear of Ron Meyer’s passing,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said, per the team’s website. “He was a colorful head coach who was very entertaining for fans during his tenure. … On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we send our thoughts and prayers to the Meyer family and the many friends who are mourning his loss.”

Meyer later compiled a 36-35 record with the Colts and led the team to its first division title and playoff appearance in Indy in 1987. Meyer was hired when the Colts were 0-13 and after three seasons, they were 9-6 during another strike-shortened year. In 1991, the Colts got off to an 0-5 start and Meyer was fired.

Many of the players and organizations that Meyer impacted took to social media to pay tribute to the coach. canadiens_1259_6a55c00e9a188eb8-140x140

“The best part is we found a way to win, so we’ll take the positives as they are,” Towns said.

“Every team has injuries,” said forward Thomas Vanek, who had four shots on goal. “When I have the scoring chances that I had tonight, I’ve got to put them away.

“It doesn’t matter who’s in and who’s out, I’ve got to find a better job of putting one of those in there and get some momentum back.”

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period and Winnipeg led 3-1 after two.

Winnipeg got its second power play at 2:55 of the middle period after Sam Gagner was called for holding and Perreault fired in his goal from the slot exactly two minutes later.

Dragic scored 19 points, and the Heat pulled away from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 107-82 victory on Monday night.

Miami had seven players score in double figures in its second straight win. Josh Richardson had 17 points, and reserves Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo finished with 14 apiece.

Thibodeau has narrowed the team’s approach, focusing on one improvement at a time.

“One of the things we’ve been talking about and working on is the defensive transition,” Thibodeau said. “I thought that was a lot better. Obviously, there’s other things we have to lock into as well, but I want the focus to be on improvement.

Brees tossed a touchdown in 54 straight games, a streak that began in 2009 — when the Saints won the Super Bowl — and ended in 2012. The Saints used to rely on Brees throwing the ball to win games, but that is no longer the case.
This isn’t just an Andy Reid thing. Most offensive coordinators struggle with in-game adjustments because they have already mentally game planned for every situation, including struggles.

Bengals safety George Iloka’s one-game suspension reduced to fine

Bengals safety George Iloka will be on the field Sunday against the Bears.

His one-game suspension for a hit on the Steelers’ Antonio Brown in Monday night’s game was reduced Wednesday to a $36,464.50 fine, the NFL announced.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also received a one-game suspension for a hard block on the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict and subsequent taunting penalty. Smith-Schuster also appealed his suspension, but it was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash, also jointly appointed by the league and union.

Even if one of these teams can land a top-three passer, there’s no guarantee he’ll produce anything better than what these teams have endured in 2017. For a team with a win-now defense like the Broncos — a unit that’s already beginning to crumble after giving up 92 combined points in losses to the Eagles and Patriots — that’s cold comfort. The Dolphins, more primed for a rebuild, are the more likely team to take this path but in worse position to execute it.

Obviously, there must be a logical explanation for what Jones did бн but you couldn’t find any of those rational explanations after the video went viral on the Internet, as the following conspiracy-minded and “X Files”-like headlines and copy revealed:

Finally, someone did do some real investigating into the matter: The UK’s (Hey, NFL, you want to create buzz for your product in Great Britain? A levitating football player will do the trick every time.) Anyway, the website talked to Jones’ strength and conditioning coach at ECU, Jeff Connors. The coach said Jones always excelled in exercises involving core strength and “postural integrity.”

Ngakoue came off the ball going upfield like he was going to try a speed rush. canadiens_001_b7276927391308ee-140x140

The best jokes after the Pontiac Silverdome failed to implode

Sunday’s implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the Detroit Lions, didn’t go as planned, as the building failed to collapse.

“But the other point is it’s a profession. You’ve got guys in here that is professional and strictly about their business. So if it seems like a guy isn’t doing what he’s asked to do, it rubs them the wrong way. I just understand it.”

Ngakoue has shown himself to be an elite pass rusher, and it’s about damn time we all put some respeck on his name! With his two and a half sacks, two forced fumbles, two other tackles, and a pressure on Sunday, I couldn’t help but do just that and name Yannick Ngakoue as my Hoss of the Week for Week 11.

Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored, Rask stopped 30 shots and the Bruins beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Saturday night.

Two days after an overtime road victory in New Orleans, Sacramento couldn’t sustain the momentum and dug a hole with eight turnovers in the first quarter. Toronto scored the first 13 points and led 17-2 on DeRozan’s short jumper four minutes into the first quarter.

The quarterback was between the proverbial rock (Smith) and a hard place (Ngakoue). To make matters worse, as Ngakoue and Smith were crunching him from both sides, Campbell came off the top rope to finish Kizer off up high. The ball came out of Kizer’s hand as he was bullied to the ground. Fowler, who had made his way over to the carnage, clearly recovered it on the way to what should have been a defensive touchdown that would have put the game out of reach.mariners_750

James Johnson added 17 points

Justise Winslow had 15 and Kelly Olynyk 11 for Miami. The Heat rallied from two seven-point deficits, using a stingy defense that allowed only 36 points in the second half.

“It was a great game for us, especially on the defensive end,” Dragic said. “Tyler played great and the second unit gave us the extra boost that we needed, we have a deep bench and everybody can play.”

“We’re going to need that in the future if we want to continue to keep winning with Steph and Draymond out,” Durant said of the contributions from so many players.

Now, the Warriors will get to stay home for almost the entire rest of the year except for a trip to face the Lakers on Dec. 18.

“I always loved this place,” Dykes said after his introductory celebration Tuesday. “I always thought this was a program that had a tremendous amount of potential. The road of a college football coach, you just end up in some places you never think you’re going to end up in.”

Dykes said he decided to coach in the bowl game Dec. 20 — the same day as the new early signing date for recruiting — because he wanted to ensure a good experience for the players in SMU’s first postseason game in five years.

Known for high-scoring offenses at Louisiana Tech and Cal and a former assistant under Mike Leach, Dykes said he’ll try to learn SMU’s system, led by sophomore quarterback Ben Hicks, for the bowl game before implementing his own starting early next year.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo: No regrets about Eli Manning benching

Giants coach Ben McAdoo insists he has no regrets about how the benching of Eli Manning was handled and he’s “on the same page” as team co-owner John Mara.

Detroit began this season 3-1 but have lost their last two games — both critical to the playoff race — without ever holding a lead. The Lions have also had issues getting the right number of players on the field, putting 10 men on defense for a Minnesota Vikings touchdown on Thanksgiving and nine men on a critical third down in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Garoppolo again showed that he could be the answer for the 49ers (3-10) at quarterback, going 20 of 33 in his second start for the team. Acquired before the trade deadline from New England, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his debut with the team last week to help the 49ers to a 15-14 win at Chicago.

DeAndre Hopkins had 149 yards receiving and two touchdowns, but lost a fumble in the fourth quarter with the Texans down by 7 . San Francisco added 41-yard field goal after that to secure the victory.

T.J. Yates threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns after Tom Savage left with a concussion in the second quarter. Texans (4-9) lost their third straight and sixth in seven games.

Jim Caldwell’s contract contains a guarantee for 2018 only, with the Lions having the option to extend the deal, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Caldwell’s job was in question at the end of the 2016 season, when the Lions lost three straight games to close the regular season, but still made the playoffs because Washington lost in Week 17. The Lions were then blown out by the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round.panthers_022

Lynch stood for the Mexican national anthem

Marshawn Lynch — as he’s done for the duration of the NFL season — sat for the national anthem prior to the Raiders’ game against the Patriots in Mexico City.

I remember going to signings with the Edmonton Oilers at West End Mall and trying to get all the autographs.He processes pretty well.However, they were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons, 4., 35, is a Capitol graduate who also was part of the staff.

It’s exclamation point; just a great effort from top to bottom.Or do you want to have them beat you like they did, on your home court?’ Repeating this performance: When we show the video of this, it won’t be the shots.I have a dog grooming business on Ainsworth and Mississippi.He’ll keep learning.

Sunday night’s total is set at 43.5. The UNDER is 8-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 10 games as a betting favorite.

This will be the first time since 2010 that the Packers have been a double-digit underdog. Green Bay is 0-6 SU and 2-3-1 ATS in its last six games as a double-digit dog, and the fate of this game will likely lie on the defense. The Packers won’t be able to put up many points on this Steelers defense, so it will be up to their defense to prevent this game from getting out of hand.

I’d say since Maddux, Biggio, Bagwell and Piazza are all no-brainers compared to him.The couple had two children, daughter 1998 and II 2000.He’s coming off a loss to the Clippers, which he scored 18 points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks.The Jets are likely to have plenty of upheaval on their roster the offseason.I told Jay kind of what happened to make me even want to tee off on the , Hall says.Only four players from the 2007 draft have scored more goals and the only players with a greater points per game are Kane and Jamie usual.orioles_001

Score, results, highlights from Thursday night game in Pittsburgh

Ben Roethlisberger threw for four touchdowns to lead the Steelers to a 40-17 victory over the Titans in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

The Steelers led by just nine points at halftime but scored on four straight drives in the second half to pull away for the win. Pittsburgh moved to 8-2 on the year with the victory, while Tennessee fell to 6-4.

Morgan, the Hall’s vice chairman and a member of its board of directors, said he wasn’t speaking for all Hall of Famers. But he said he was representing the views of many who are concerned by what they see as eroding standards for admission.

No, you and your uncle Ed probably don’t agree on the propriety, purpose or power of players taking a knee, but you do agree that it means something. You do agree that there are principles at stake more important to the republic than the scholarly intricacies of what constitutes a catch.

Here are the players the Suns could use to defend him: Josh Jackson, TJ Warren and Marquese Chriss. Nope, nope and nope. This is the type of night where 70 DFS points is very much in range for the Bucks star.

The Lions never looked back as Stafford was rarely pressured, allowing him to complete 26 of his 33 passes against Green Bay’s injury-riddled defense. In dismantling the Packers, Stafford became the quickest player in NFL history to have 200 career touchdown passes.

Mike McCarthy does not trust Brett Hundley — Despite saying he has “three years invested in” Hundley, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has not shown trust in the former UCLA quarterback. A game plan that looked promising on the opening drive retreated into an uber-conservative shell. The Packers hardly tried to push the ball downfield as Hundley completed 26 of his 38 pass attempts for 245 yards, most of which came in the fourth quarter.

The Lions answer Green Bay’s long drive with one of their own, but Detroit’s ends in seven points.

Touchdown, Detroit. Matthew Stafford connects with Marvin Jones Jr. down the right sideline for a 25-yard score to put the Lions ahead 7-0.

Why should he care? The Bengals rewarded him with a four-year, $38 million contract extension a few months ago even though Burfict’s immaturity and inability to play within the rules showed no sign of ending.

“We were all looking at the (replay) on the sideline and saying we didn’t know if something like that was a true personal foul with the way he pulled up (and made contact). But the refs are like that. You’ve got to be smart.”

Although some infected babies never experience related health issues, others can suffer a wide range of problems, from birth defects to intellectual disabilities to vision and hearing loss.

John and Kristen Spytek were unaware of CMV until she was 34 weeks pregnant and a routine ultrasound revealed an abnormality. At that time, in early 2013, John was a Broncos college scout, and Kristen was preparing for the birth of their first child.

“My husband and I purposely waited to start a family until we were into our 30s because we wanted to be financially and responsibly ready,” Kristen Spytek told Sporting News in a telephone interview. “We thought we were very well prepared. All of this was news to us.

“Two educated people go in thinking we knew enough about pregnancy and what to look for and to then be blindsided by something (CMV) either one of us could have caught in passing, it was very terrifying.”

“A couple guys came over and said D.A. (34-year-old Derek Anderson) could have scored on that one,” Newton recalled. “D.A. gave me some crap after that with that touch of grey in his hair.