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Zach Miller injury update: Bears TE out of hospital 3 weeks after leg injury

Zach Miller is finally home.

Three weeks after suffering a severe leg injury against the Saints, the Bears tight end has been released from a Chicago hospital after initially being hospitalized in New Orleans.

Miller underwent emergency vascular surgery in New Orleans on Oct. 29 to repair a torn popliteal artery in his dislocated left knee after he was carted off the field in the Bears’ Week 8 loss to the Saints. Doctors were able to stabilize his injury after a successful surgery and surgeons reportedly fought to save his leg from amputation during the procedure.

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to be out there,” Bryant said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It’s a long week. It’s only Monday. I’ll come back in here Wednesday, get the game plan and go from there.”

The Steelers informed Bryant last week that he is part of their Week 10 game plan, ruling out a move ahead of last Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline after he said he wanted out of Pittsburgh if his role with the team didn’t expand. While Bryant was held out of last week’s win over the Lions for his since-deleted social media comments, rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster started in his place and hauled in seven catches for 193 yards and a touchdown.

I’m thankful that 20 years from now, I’ll be able to say I remember covering these young stars from the beginning of their careers. Watching the speed, toughness and skill on full display every night by guys who are just a few years removed from high school is truly remarkable. And for that, I give thanks.

I’m also thankful for the NHL’s youth movement. McDavid and Matthews have helped inject the league with excitement with their spectacular exploits in the early stages of their careers, but they’re only the top guys. broncos_067

Steelers, Bell look to continue running against Jaguars

Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell quieted concerns about his offseason groin surgery and training camp holdout with his biggest game of the season during a victory over Baltimore last week.

The All-Pro’s follow-up performance could be even better.

The Colts’ defense is the worst in the NFL, permitting 34 points per game. Indianapolis is yielding an average of 396.2 yards. Only the New England Patriots allow more yards.

San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde has battled through a hip injury to have a solid year with 321 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries. Look for Hyde to carry the load again versus the Colts, especially with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin possibly out with a concussion.

T.Y. Hilton’s production as Indianapolis’ top receiver is a bit off without Luck throwing him the ball. Hilton has 17 receptions for 289 yards and a touchdown after recording 25 catches for 336 yards and two scores through four games last season.

Colts tight end Jack Doyle (17 catches, 163 yards) is questionable to play, as he is in the concussion protocol. He was on pace to eclipse his career high of 59 catches set last season.

San Francisco’s top receiver is Pierre Garcon, who has 20 catches for 283 yards.

This game could come down to field goals, and two of the best kickers in the game will be showcased.

Robbie Gould of the 49ers is 11 of 11 this season, and the Colts boast Adam Vinatieri, who is 5 of 6 and is comfortable kicking at home in Lucas Oil Stadium.

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I’m looking to hoard targets (passes thrown intended for a given receiver).

My projections had the Dolphins going 5-1 in the AFC East, which seems unrealistic. But with QB Tiers voters seeing little difference between Jay Cutler and injured 2016 starter Ryan Tannehill, an 8-8 finish seems within reach for a team that overachieved by going 10-6 last season. Jay Cutler has an 0-2 career record against Brady, in case you were curious.

At wide receiver, I’m looking to hoard targets (passes thrown intended for a given receiver). I want to stack up as many projectable targets as I can from my three starters. Volume is key at wideout, just like running back, but you’ll find that many of your opponents will pick players who might only see four or five passes come their way in a game. This is a key mistake.

T1. Aaron Rodgers, QB | Green Bay Packers: If Green Bay’s offense can get out of the gate hot and avoid the troubles it had in the first half of the 2016 season, its mustachioed, tape-recorder-carrying, superstar signal-caller could run away with awards such as this. We’ll find out tomorrow, but I’m guessing he did all right in our preseason MVP poll, too.

T1. Le’Veon Bell, RB | Pittsburgh Steelers: Fresh off his holdout, Bell generates absolutely no skepticism from our panel. Perhaps that’s because his mere availability for Week 1 is close to unprecedented. This will be Bell’s fifth season in the NFL but only the second in which he is neither injured nor suspended to start the season. The one season he played all 16 games was 2014, when he rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 85 passes for another 845 yards and three touchdowns. To imagine a full Bell season is to imagine, basically, all of the yards. The only weird thing is that Arizona’s David Johnson, another all-purpose yardage monster, didn’t crack our top three.steelers_130

Ezekiel Elliott suspension: NFLPA chief questions length of investigation

Not only will NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith’s team help Ezekiel Elliott appeal his six-game suspension, but the union chief also wants to see the NFL’s investigative process quickened.

Smith, speaking to SI.com’s MMQB, compared the more than year-long investigation — that found “substantive and persuasive” evidence that Elliott physically abused his ex-girlfriend — to the legal and judicial process:

“I do know that the Ezekiel Elliot investigation now has to be over a year old. I know that it resulted in a 165-page report and probably hundreds of thousands of billable hours by league personnel. I just have a hard time understanding how come an investigation takes a year, results in a 165-page report and takes so long and so many person hours.

As for Leonard Fournette, Marrone said the rookie running back is dealing with a nagging foot injury and that the team is being careful with him.

“Leonard has a foot injury and we are just being real cautious with it,” Marrone said. “If it puts anything in jeopardy for a longer deal … then I probably would hold him.”

Fournette had a great debut for the Jags in their first preseason game against the Patriots. He was mainly used in the Red Zone, but managed to score one touchdown and rush for 31 yards.

Last season, Lee posted 851 receiving yards and was expected to be an instrumental piece in Jacksonville’s offense. If he has to miss significant time, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson will likely get more touches, and rookie Dede Westbrook will likely see more playing time.

I believe you tried to help the Falcons move on from Super Bowl 51 in early April when you sponsored your players-only “Camp Brotherhood” event again in South Florida. What were you able to accomplish there?dolphins_039

40-year-old Vince Carter can still throw down through-the-legs dunks

Vince Carter is 40 years old, and has no business putting the ball through his legs and dunking.

And yet, 40-year-old Vince Carter did just that during pregame warmups ahead of the Grizzlies-Pelicans game on Tuesday.

Mitchell has taken a ton of strides this year to get himself to where he could be a first-round pick if he decides to declare for the draft. First and foremost, he’s hitting about 38 percent of his 3s this year on a high volume. That’s pretty good!

Second, though, he’s gone from “pesky defender” to “one of the elite” perimeter defenders in all of college basketball due to his length and athleticism. That kind of skill will open doors for him, and it’ll be incumbent upon the hard-working Mitchell to keep working on his offensive game to match.

Miamians will be up in arms over this snub, as many feel that he’s been the greatest pro athlete in South Florida, including the beloved Dan Marino, who made it to one Super Bowl for the Dolphins but never won a championship.

There’s no doubt Wade will get his jersey retired, joining Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal, who only had a three-plus season stopover in South Beach after his Laker playing days. If Shaq could get his number retired with such a small Heat resume, then it stands to reason that Wade one day will merit a statue.

Look, anyone who tells you they have a great feel for where Giles should be slotted onto a draft board is trying to sell you a bill of goods. While Giles has shown more flashes recently, he still has done nothing on the floor this season that would put him anywhere near the top 20 of a draft board.
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the Hawks got the last word

In fact, the franchises with the weakest collections of centers spent lavishly and recklessly at the position last summer. The Lakers and Knicks gave massive contracts to Timofey Mozgov (four years, $64 million) and Joakim Noah (four years, $72 million), but both are distinctly below average at the position both in the near and long term. To make matters worse, that sort of egregious misstep makes it significantly less likely either front office would be interested in spending even more on a potential replacement with years left on albatross contracts.

Atlanta (Dwight Howard) and Boston (Al Horford) signed high-profile centers during the 2016 offseason while Denver (Nikola Jokic), Portland (Jusuf Nurkic), Houston (Clint Capela) and potentially Milwaukee (Thon Maker) look to have established their pivots of the future during the 2016-17 regular season.

For one game, the Hawks got the last word, but this could end up being a back-and-forth conversation.

After the game, Morris may have stirred the pot harder than he wanted to with Millsap. The Hawks All-Star forward wasn’t happy when Candace Buckner of the The Washington Post told him what Morris said. Schroder let out an exasperated sigh before Millsap spoke like a hype man in a battle rap.

“It’s personal now,” Millsap said. “He needs to learn how to take a loss like a man. He can take his L back to the hotel and go to sleep.”

Morris won’t be asleep for long because Game 4 is on Monday. And to the possible dismay of Budenzholzer, trash talk is very much a part of this game.
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If Rockies RHP Jon Gray is an ace, it’s time to prove it

Rockies opening day starter Jon Gray, out since April 13 because of a stress fracture in his left foot, returns to the rotation Friday against the Diamondbacks.

And if the right-hander, who won 10 games in 2016, wants to be considered the staff ace, then now’s the time to prove it as the Rockies (47-34) start the season’s second half on an eight-game losing streak.

“It’s a really good feeling to watch this unfold,” Rockies manager Bud Black said Sunday. “It’s been in stages over the last couple of months. Now, to see him progress through his side sessions, and all the work with the strength-and-conditioning coaches, and see him clear all of these hurdles, it’s just really, really cool.”

Bettis set a goal last month of returning before the All-Star break, but instead, after a bullpen session Saturday, he’ll throw live batting practice during Colorado’s homestand leading into the break, Black said. If that goes well, he would be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Bettis led the Rockies in wins last season, going 14-8 with a 4.79 ERA, while also leading the team in innings pitched (186).

Although the team’s recent slide has dropped it to third place in the NL West, the Rockies’ lone win in the 11-game stretch came in presumptive ace Jon Gray’s return to the rotation from a broken foot in April. Adding Bettis, who was 7-2 in 14 second-half starts last season, could bolster a rotation that leaned heavily on rookies during a surprisingly strong start to the 2017 season but has struggled of late.browns_010

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Will Muschamp is digging out of the recruiting hole Steve Spurrier left him at South Carolina

South Carolina isn’t an easy place to recruit. The transcendent in-state talents of Jadeveon Clowney and Marcus Lattimore aren’t walking through that door most years, and the Gamecocks have to compete with national champion Clemson for the top local talent.

Transitional recruiting classes are already a unique beast that are tough enough to navigate in their own right. With all that being considered, Will Muschamp’s first class wasn’t all that bad in 2016. It finished ranked No. 25 in the 247Sports Composite, and that’s about par for the course for South Carolina recruiting classes. But keeping up with the Joneses is going to get tougher for Muschamp and the Gamecocks.

Clemson is elite and at the height of its powers, so have fun catching the Tigers in a race in which South Carolina is already running from behind.

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This meeting seems like par for the course when you’re discussing a general manager performing due diligence. Similar to when a scout attends a certain game. More often than not it means the scout is simply performing his job, as opposed to the early signs of a big trade. We know for a fact that Bergevin is a very active hands-on type general manager.

As it turned out, they were right. Bergevin said the meeting was not about coaching changes, and that Therrien had suggested he meet with the players by himself.
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Russell Wilson turned the Seahawks into an unstoppable scoring machine

The Seahawks won their fourth straight game in dominating fashion in Baltimore on Sunday, moving to 8-5 and strengthening their playoff standing with another huge game by Russell Wilson. Seattle is making their annual late-season run again this year, but doing it in a little different fashion than they’ve done so in years past, running away from teams with a potent offensive attack instead of leaning on their normally-suffocating defense.

It’s been a pretty insane turnaround for Seattle, who, for most of the year, hadn’t really looked like the team that has won the NFC two years in a row. The defense hadn’t been as potent, the run game hadn’t been as dangerous, and Russell Wilson hadn’t been as efficient or accurate.

Something had to give. As Doug Baldwin wrote back on November 8th, the team knew the baton would have to be passed from Marshawn Lynch — who has been the motor that ran the Seattle offense for years — to Russell Wilson and the passing game.

Leading by 10 heading into the fourth quarter in Week 13, the Giants’ defense allowed the Jets to fight their way back into the game and eventually get the win. Blame has been pointed at Coughlin for making the decision to go for it on fourth down over taking the shot at a field goal. The head coach had faith in his players, even though they failed to covert. Still, with high-profile talent like Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., there’s confusion on what the Giants’ offense is doing right now.

The Dolphins are hoping that wearing throwback jerseys to celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary season will help them come away with a win. This is the first time the team has worn a “throwback” uniform at home, having only once worn white throwbacks in 2003 against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

Just two weeks ago, Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill was second in the league in production with 33 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 13, he only recorded 86 passing yards, including only 5 yards for wideout Jarvis Landry, who had a career-high game just one week prior. Landry wasn’t quiet about his frustrations either, creating a little drama on the sideline during the game.