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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologizes to fans

11.01.10 at 6:39 am ET
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized to Cowboys fans after Sunday’s game, when his team lost to the Jaguars, 35-17, to fall to 1-6.

“I’m embarrassed. Of course I am,” Jones said. “And, to every fan, I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility. I do. That’s the way we’re structured. That’s the way I run it. There’s no question that I have the plan and executing it to have the best players and the best coaching that we can have. I’m dumbfounded that we are 1-7 [actually 1-6].”

Added Jones: “You couldn’t get me to say it, but you know that I thought we had a team here that could be one of the top competitive teams in the NFL,” Jones continued. “I’m very, very, very sorry to our fans. You should have better than this.

“You can tell by the way some of the things that we’ve done to certainly make the Cowboys everything you want them to be, you should be able to tell that I won’t rest until we’ve figured some things out to get us in a different spot. … What it is, I don’t have that.”

Jones said he has no plans to fire coach Wade Phillips, who also expressed his disappointment after the game.

“I’m distraught to say the least,” Phillips said. “It was embarrassing, I thought, the way we played, the way we coached. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win the game. It’s very painful at this point in the season to be where we are. I thought we’d come out and really play with a lot of passion and so forth, and we didn’t. … It fooled me that we didn’t. I thought we were going to be ready and we weren’t.”

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Former NBA star Maurice Lucas dead at 58

11.01.10 at 6:28 am ET
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Maurice Lucas, who helped the Trail Blazers win the 1977 NBA championship, died Sunday after a long battle with bladder cancer, the team announced. He was 58.

Playing alongside Bill Walton, Lucas averaged a team-high 20.2 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds per game in 1976-77. Walton named his son Luke after Lucas.

A five-time NBA All-Star, Lucas was an assistant coach with the Blazers for six seasons before leaving last year to undergo surgery. He did not return this season.

Lucas’ No. 20 was retired by the Blazers in 1988. He also had his number retired by Marquette, the school he led to the 1974 NCAA championship game.

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Jaguars’ Don Carey injured in helmet-to-helmet hit, fine may follow

10.31.10 at 4:30 pm ET
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Jacksonville safety Don Carey may be the next offender under the NFL’s new policies on helmet-to-helmet hits. Carey was penalized by officials for unnecessary roughness following a helmet-to-helmet collisison with Cowboy’s tight end Jason Witten.

Carey seemed to take most of the damage and he was on his back for several minutes while trainers helped him. Carey left the field under his own power but he did not return with a neck injury. Under the enforced policies, Carey will most likely receive a fine for the hit by the league.

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LaDainian Tomlinson joins Walter Payton in NFL history

10.31.10 at 3:34 pm ET
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New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has rejuvenated his career this season with the Jets and continues to add to his elite career numbers. In Sunday’s game, Tomlinson joined Walter Payton as the only players in history to gain 13,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards receiving.

Tomlinson is the seventh-leading rusher in league history as he entered teh game with 12,980 yards rushing and 4,062 yards receiving.

Since leaving the Chargers, LT has received 92 carries for 490 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has also added 19 receptions for 107 yards. Tomlinson has thrived behind the powerful offensive line in New York, averaging 5.3 yards-per-carry.

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Week 8 injury report: 49ers, Packers

10.31.10 at 3:19 pm ET
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San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis left the team’s game against the Broncos with an injured ankle. The return of the dynamic tight end is doubtful. Davis has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks.

Starting quarterback Troy Smith was expected to rely on Davis heavily in his first start with the 49ers but the two only connected on one pass for 12 yards before Davis suffered the injury. Entering the game, Davis led the 49ers with 422 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Green Bay Packers have another injury to worry about. Donald Driver left the team’s Week 8 game against the Jets with a quad injury. Driver’s return is doubtful and the Packers could lose another key player in their offense. Driver has 28 receptions for 307 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

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Fantasy Update: Beanie Wells to start for Arizona

10.31.10 at 3:11 pm ET
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Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is planning to start running back Beanie Wells on Sunday against Tampa Bay, reports ESPN. Tim Hightower has reportedly lost the starting job after struggling with ball control this year.

Wells has seen some action this year and he has taken 53 carries for 183 yards and one touchdown on the season. He rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown last week against Seattle.

Tampa Bay ranks 31st in the league against the run, giving up 157.7 yards-per-game. This could be a big opportunity for fantasy owners if Wells is given a good share of carries.

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Patriots- Vikings: Favre will start

10.31.10 at 3:02 pm ET
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Word has come from Foxboro that Brett Favre will start against the Patriots after testing out his injured foot and ankle before the game. Favre had been expected to play after indicating that his injuries were healing quickly, although it’s not that much of a surprise that the veteran will be on the field for his start streak to 292 games.

Favre has struggled this season after posting his greatest statistical season in 2009. The veteran QB has thrown for 1191 yards, seven touchdowns, and ten interceptions while posting a completion percentage of 58.1%. His passer rating of 68 is below most starting quarterbacks in the league after posting a rating of 107.2 last season.

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Tim Tebow scores 2nd TD of career

10.31.10 at 2:55 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels will do what it takes to win over frustrated Broncos fans. In the second half against the 49ers, McDaniels called on Tim Tebow to take his first snap of the game at the goal line. Tebow took the snap from the shotgun and ran left, for a 1-yard touchdown run. Tebow had his first TD run earlier in the season but the Broncos has limited the QB’s exposure so far this season.

Tebow has yet to throw a pass this season, but he has carried the ball nine times for 26 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

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Monday Night Football: Colts fantasy focus

10.31.10 at 2:49 pm ET
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Colts running back Joseph Addai missed practice Saturday and he is listed as doubtful for the team’s Monday night game against Houston. Addai has not practiced since suffering a nerve injury in his left shoulder on Oct. 17.

When he has remained healthy, Addai has maintained solid production. Addai has 406 yards rushing on 93 carries for a 4.4 average and three touchdowns.

It seems that Donald Brown will be the benefactor of Addai’s absence. Brown went through full workouts on Saturday and it seems he is starting to recover from a lingering hamstring injury. Brown is listed as questionable but he is expected to start.

Brown, 23, has not played in the last three games for the Colts. He received 16 carries for 69 yards and one touchdown against the Giants in Week 2. The Texans are 13th in the league against the run, allowing 104.3 yards-per-game.

Receivers Reggie Wayne (hamstring), Pierre Garcon (hamstring), and Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) are also all questionable for Monday’s game. Wayne practiced fully for the first time this week on Saturday, while Garcon and Gonzalez has participated all week. Any of the receivers could be a big play for fantasy owners with the Texans ranking dead last in league against the pass, giving up 306.2 yards-per-game.

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Saints’ Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas out against Steelers

10.31.10 at 2:29 pm ET
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The Saints will be missing some key play makers on offense against a tough Steelers defense on Sunday. Running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas will not play on Sunday, reports Sports Illustrated.

Bush has missed recent weeks with a fractured fibula in his right leg but had hoped to return to action this week. Bush could return for next week’s match up against Carolina or the team may decide to give him an extra week of rest during the team’s Week 10 bye week. That would push Bush’s expected return to the Saints’ Week 11 game against Seattle.

Thomas is still nursing a sprained ankle from Week 3 and he has not played since. There is no timetable for his return and he is still using crutches to keep weight off of his feet.

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