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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan ‘sick’ after latest loss to Dolphins drops Jets to 2-10

12.02.14 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Lightning at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Flyers at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stephen F. Austin at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Niagara at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Syracuse at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Illinois at Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northern Illinois at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: NC State at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: BYU at Utah State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Louisville, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Stoke City at Manchester United, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Geno Smith returned as the starting quarterback — although he wasn’t announced to the home crowd during player introductions — and the losing continued for the Jets, who dropped a 16-13 decision to the Dolphins on Monday night.

“I can’t believe we’re 2-10,” despondent coach Rex Ryan said. “A joke.”

Smith, who said after the game that he wanted to run out with his team rather than be introduced individually, only attempted 13 passes (completing seven for 65 yards) as the Jets tried to take the pressure off the young QB by focusing on the ground game (49 rushes for 277 yards). Smith only attempted eight passes before his team’s final drive, which ended with a game-closing interception.

“It’s gut-wrenching,” said Smith, whose insertion into the lineup ahead of Mike Vick reportedly was not well received by all the team’s coaches. “I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am.”

Added Ryan: “I feel sick. We played great for the most part, in a lot of areas. … Everybody in [the locker room] is hurting. Hurting for each other, for our fans. We’ll do anything for a win.”

Meanwhile, Jessie James Decker, the singer and wife of Jets receiver Eric Decker, said her husband has had a tough time dealing with all the losing.

“It’s been a really hard season,” she said in a radio interview with 95.5 WPLJ. “He’s been, I don’t want to say depressed, but he’s been depressed. He has been. It’s been really hard, and my heart breaks for him.”

— An examination will be done on the brain of former Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge to determine if he had a traumatic brain injury.

Karageorge, a senior walk-on who had wrestled his first three seasons at the school, is believed to have shot himself after texting his mother, “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all [expletive] up.”

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Report: Mariners, Nelson Cruz agree to 4-year contract

12.01.14 at 11:44 am ET
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Outfielder Nelson Cruz looks to have found a new home on the West Coast.

According to a report in the Dominican Newspaper El Caribe, the 34-year-old has agreed to a four-year, $57 million contract with the Mariners.

Last season with the Orioles, Cruz batted .271, drove in 108 runs and hit an American League-best 40 home runs, helping Baltimore win its first American League East title since 1997. The three-time All-Star finished seventh in the AL MVP voting for his career year at the plate. He also belted two home runs during Baltimore’€™s playoff run to the ALCS.

Cruz had declined Baltimore’€™s $15.3 million qualifying offer earlier this offseason. The Orioles will receive Seattle’€™s first-round pick (No. 21) in this year’€™s upcoming draft as compensation for losing Cruz.

Seattle finished 2014 at 19th in all of baseball in runs scored and did not have an outfielder that hit more than 14 home runs.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Missing Ohio State football player found dead

12.01.14 at 8:09 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Dolphins at Jets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Marist at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Nebraska at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Carolina at Marshall, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas Southern at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kosta Karageorge

Kosta Karageorge

— The Ohio State football player who went missing on Wednesday was found dead Sunday near the campus with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Ohio police said.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Kosta Karageorge’s body was discovered in a dumpster not far from the two-story house in which he had been living. He had told his roommates he was going for a walk early Wednesday, and he had texted his mother that he was having issues dealing with concussions he had suffered. He apologized “if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all [expletive] up.”

A three-year wrestler at the school, Karageorge walked on to the football team this year. He played in one game.

Karageorge was scheduled to be honored along with the team’s other seniors before Saturday’s final home game, a 42-28 victory over rival Michigan.

“It’s hard to move on through the week knowing we don’t know where he is,” defensive tackle Adolphus Washington said Saturday. “He’s one of our brothers and it’s just hard.”

— Nets forward Kevin Garnett appeared to attempt to bite the finger of nemesis Joakim Noah during Sunday’s game in Brooklyn, although both players had a laugh about it afterward.

The incident happened during the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ 102-84 victory, when Noah was on defense and put his hand near Garnett’s face. Garnett, who earlier in the game got a technical foul for throwing an elbow at Noah, snapped at Noah’s fingers. The former Celtic did not appear to be joking around at the time, although he downplayed it afterward.

“I know how to bite somebody,” Garnett said (via the New York Daily News). “Obviously I was messing around in that moment. I wasn’t serious. I’m not worried about that. If I wanted to bite him, I would. Shout out to Mike Tyson.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Family of missing Ohio State football player appeals for help

11.28.14 at 8:29 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Jets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Rangers at Flyers, 1 p.m. (NBC)
NHL: Blackhawks at Ducks, 4 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Minnesota at Boston College, 6 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
NBA: Bulls at Celtics, 1 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Tennessee vs. Kansas, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Butler vs. Georgetown, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Santa Clara vs. Rhode Island, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UTEP vs. Xavier, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Yale at Providence, 4 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: James Madison at Ohio State, 4 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Missouri State at Alaska-Anchorage, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Minnesota vs. Georgia, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Rider vs. Georgia Tech, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Vanderbilt vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Bradley vs. TCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis vs. Indiana State, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Marquette, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UNC-Greensboro at Indiana, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Baylor vs. Illinois, 1:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Long Beach State vs. Washington, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Nebraska at Iowa, noon (ABC)
College football: Central Florida at South Florida, noon (ESPN2)
College football: Western Kentucky at Marshall, noon (FS1)
College football: Houston at SMU, noon (CBSSN)
College football: Arkansas at Missouri, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Stanford at UCLA, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
College football: Arizona State at Arizona, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
College football: Colorado State at Air Force, 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Virginia at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: East Carolina at Tulsa, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Ohio State is preparing for Saturday’s rivalry game against Michigan, but the Buckeyes have something else on their mind: One of their players is missing.

The family of senior defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge reported him missing after he left his apartment shortly after midnight Tuesday night and has not been heard from since.

Karageorge, a walk-on who wrestled at Ohio State his first three years, told his roommates he was going to take a walk.

“He did not take his motorcycle, and he does not have his car on campus,” his sister, Sophia, told The Columbus Dispatch. “So he was either picked up, went on foot or took public transportation. He does not have his wallet or any identification on him that we know of because his girlfriend has his wallet.”

Added Sophia: “He had some extenuating circumstances that night that lead us to believe he was upset.”

Karageorge, who stands 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, missed Wednesday’s practice. He was slated to be recognized on Saturday at Ohio Stadium along with the team’s other seniors before their final home game.

“He never misses practice,” Sophia said. “I’€™ve seen him go to wrestling practice with a broken foot. I’€™ve seen him sick as a dog go to practice. He’€™s always on schedule. He always has somewhere where he checks in.”

His sister said that Karageorge has a history of concussions, including one from a month ago, and sometimes the effects are delayed.

“We’re very concerned that he’s not himself and that he maybe doesn’t know what’s going on,” she said.

— The 49ers laid an egg in Thursday night’s showdown against the Seahawks, and the team isn’t shy about admitting it.

CEO Jed York tweeted an apology after the game, writing: Thank you #49ersfaithful for coming out strong tonight. This performance wasn’t acceptable. I apologize for that.

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Report: Robert Griffin III benched in favor of Colt McCoy

11.26.14 at 11:43 am ET
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Times already have been tough for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and they continue to get more difficult.

The team is expected to start Colt McCoy over Griffin this Sunday against the Colts, a person close to the team told The Associated Press. The Redskins have yet to make an official statement but are expected to announce the change Wednesday.

Against the 49ers last week, Griffin fumbled on the team’s last drive of the game, ending any hope of a comeback in a 17-13 loss. He threw for only 106 yards before the fumble.

Since he won 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Griffin is a combined 4-14 as a starter in 2013 and 2014. After he already suffered a serious injury when he tore his ACL during the NFC wild card round his rookie season, Griffin suffered an ankle injury early on this year and missed six games. Since his return, he has an 0-3 record.

Kirk Cousins and McCoy combined for three wins when Griffin was on the injured reserve list. McCoy’s biggest victory came in Dallas when he rallied the Redskins to a 20-17 overtime win over the Cowboys on Oct. 27.

This season McCoy has completed 85.7 percent of his passes for one touchdown and 427 yards. For his career, the quarterback has 22 touchdowns to 21 interceptions.

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Michael Vick out, Geno Smith back as starting quarterback for Jets

11.26.14 at 11:39 am ET
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Michael Vick‘€™s time as starting quarterback of the Jets appears to be over.

The veteran started New York’€™s last three games, but the team announced Wednesday that Geno Smith will get the start at quarterback against the Dolphins on Monday night.

Vick won just one of three games at the helm, most recently losing to the Bills, 38-3, on Monday night. He completed 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards and threw one interception in the blowout. By the third quarter Vick was on the bench in favor of Smith. Vick hurt his wrist and ankle during the game, but reports indicate it was his performance that led to his removal.

Smith’€™s last start came back on Oct. 26 when he threw three first-quarter interceptions on consecutive possessions and was subsequently benched for Vick. In 24 career starts in the NFL, the second-year quarterback has turned the ball over 37 times.

A season after winning eight games, Smith has only one victory as a starter this year, which came in Week 1 against the one-win Raiders.

Coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that he liked what he saw from Smith when he entered Monday’s game.

“He was under duress as well,” Ryan said of Smith. “But I thought he came in and showed some poise. I thought at times he did some good things.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Daisuke Matsuzaka reportedly set to return to Japan

11.26.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina vs. Butler, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. UCLA, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Chaminade, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue vs. BYU, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Furman at Duke, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Minnesota vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Campbell at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Lehigh at DePaul, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia vs. Gonzaga, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pacific at Alaska-Anchorage, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Oklahoma State, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri State vs. Colorado State, 2 a.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Flyers at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal vs. Dortmund, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Almost eight years after he arrived in Boston with great fanfare, Daisuke Matsuzaka reportedly is headed back to Japan.

The Japan Times reports that Matsuzaka has decided to return to his home country, with the reigning Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks expected to sign him.

“Pitchers who can start are a valuable commodity, so we will do our best to get him,” Fukuoka team president Yoshimitsu Goto said in a Monday story. “We hope to get this done in the coming days.”

Matsuzaka starred for the Japanese Pacific League’s Seibu Lions from 1999-2006. He left Japan in 2007, barely beating a deadline to sign a six-year, $52 million contract with the Red Sox (the Sox also had to pay a $51 million posting fee).

Matsuzaka helped the Red Sox win the World Series in ’07, and he was fourth in American League Cy Young balloting in 2008 after winning 18 games and posting a 2.90 ERA. He never came close to matching that performance again, however.

The 34-year-old right-hander started the 2014 season in the minors but quickly earned a promotion to the Mets, for whom he appeared in 34 games and posted a 3.89 ERA.

— The feel-good story of the NFL season just got a little less positive.

Leah Still, the 4-year-old daughter of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, has been an inspiration as she has battled a rare form of pediatric cancer. Her father appeared to carry himself with grace and class while being thrust into the spotlight. Behind the scenes, however, he apparently has not been living up to his responsibility.

Civil right attorney Gloria Allred, representing Leah’s mother (Still’s ex-girlfriend), on Tuesday claimed Still has not paid child support for the past four months. She asked the NFL to investigate if this means Still has violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

“I don’t think it is fair that Devon Still, who is Leah’s father, has refused to pay any child support for her for the months of August, September, October and November of this year,” Leah’s mother, Channing Smythe, said in a note to the league. Smythe said she has not been able to work because of the time needed to care for Leah, and she would have been homeless if a family friend had not offered to let them live with her.

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Video: 11-year-old Japanese hockey stud Aito Iguchi’s highlight reel

11.25.14 at 8:34 am ET
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Although he is only 11 years old, Japanese hockey prodigy Aito Iguchi already has a bigger highlight reel than some players twice his age.

Check out the videos for yourself to see the young star’s skills (mobile users need to visit the website to see the full videos):

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Barry Bonds confident he will end up in Hall of Fame

11.25.14 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College basketball: Purdue vs. Missouri, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: BYU vs. Chaminade, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Peter’s at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Northern Iowa vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arkansas at SMU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU vs. Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Eastern Illinois at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Maryland vs. Iowa State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Northwestern vs. Miami (Ohio), 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Villanova vs. Michigan, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. San Diego State, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Ohio at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: UMass at Vermont, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Barry Bonds was nowhere close to the 75 percent of votes needed for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year, but the home run king is confident he’ll get elected someday.

On Monday, the same day this year’s ballots were announced, Bonds said in an interview with MLB.com that he deserves to be enshrined despite widespread assumptions that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

“I love Major League Baseball. I always have and I loved playing the game,” Bonds said. “I don’t have any doubts that I’ll get there in time. I’m bothered about it, but I don’t sit here going, ‘I’m not going to make it.’ I don’t see how it stays the way it’s going. In my mind, in my head, I’m a lot more positive about it than I am negative. I think eventually they’ll do the right thing.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Barry Bonds be elected to the Hall of Fame?

  • No, he cheated and he should be kept out (74%, 162 Votes)
  • Yes, his performance makes it clear he belongs (26%, 56 Votes)

Total Voters: 218

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Bonds dipped from 36.2 percent two years ago to 34.7 percent last year, ranking him just behind Roger Clemens.

“I deserve to be there,” Bonds said. “Clemens deserves to be there. The guys that are supposed to be there are supposed to be there. Period. I don’t even know how to say it. We are Hall of Famers. Why are we having these conversations about it? Why are we talking about a baseball era that has come and gone? Era, era, era. Do the best players in the game deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Yes. Everything that everyone has accomplished in baseball is in that [record] book. Correct? So if that’s correct, then we need to be in there. End of story.”

— A Browns fan claims he was attacked by Johnny Manziel’s entourage when he spotted the quarterback at a Cleveland hotel and went to give him a hug.

Chris Gonos, 33, told police he was assaulted early Saturday morning after telling Manziel: “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Buzz continues over Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.’s incredible TD catch

11.24.14 at 8:15 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Ravens at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Kansas State, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Arizona, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona State vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Murray State at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Eastern Washington at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Chaminade, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NJIT at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama vs. Iowa State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Auburn, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: BYU vs. San Diego State, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League,Southampton at Aston Villa, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Giants continued to struggle, losing Sunday night’s game to the Cowboys, but most of the talk after the game was about Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing touchdown catch that some have called the best ever.

Despite being interfered with by Cowboys DB Brandon Carr, Beckham leaped in the air and snatched the high pass with his outstretched right hand, then pulled it back to his stomach while his left hand cushioned his fall to the turf in the corner of the end zone.

“That’s the best catch I’ve seen in my 10 years playing,” teammate Antrel Rolle said.

Tweeted injured Giants receiver Victor Cruz: That’s the greatest catch I’ve ever seen.

The 43-yard TD gave the Giants a 14-3 second-quarter lead, although they went on to drop a 31-28 decision.

“Obviously Beckham had the great catch, which excited everybody,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “But we weren’t able to win, so it’s back to the drawing board.”

Added Coughlin of Beckham: “He’s got a gift, there’s no doubt.”

— Former Patriots backup Ryan Mallett‘s stint as a starter with the Texans appears to have come to an end — at least for now.

Mallett reportedly suffered an injury to his right pectoral muscle before Sunday’s 22- 13 loss to the Bengals. Mallett played in the game but could not duplicate the success he had the week before against the Browns, completing 21-of-45 passes for 189 yards and no touchdowns with one interception and a quarterback rating of 49.2.

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