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Buffalo RB C.J. Spiller injures hamstring; will not return

11.14.10 at 3:49 pm ET
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Buffalo rookie C.J. Spiller will not return to Sunday’€™s game against Detroit with an injured hamstring, the Associated Press reports. Spiller was injured after a 29-yard punt return in the second quarter. He was hit along the sideline by Vinny Ciurciu and left the field.

Spiller, the dynamic first-round draft pick, was returning punts in place of the injured Roscoe Parrish. Spiller has rushed 39 times for 150 yards on the season and has caught 18 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. He has spent time returning kickoffs this season and has 763 yards returning including a 95-yard touchdown.

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Cleveland WR Josh Cribbs leaves game with foot injury

11.14.10 at 3:05 pm ET
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Cleveland receiver Josh Cribbs was helped to the locker room in Sunday’€™s game against the Jets with a foot injury. Cribbs, the versatile kick returner and wildcat threat, caught a short pass from quarterback Colt McCoy and ran for a 37-yard gain to the New York 5-yard line. He was tackled by defender Eric Smith and was attended to by trainers before leaving the field.

Cribbs’€™ return to the game is listed as questionable. Cleveland currently trails 17-13 at the half against the Jets. Coming into the game, Cribbs had caught 16 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown as well as serving as a punt and kick returner.

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Chad Pennington leaves field with shoulder injury

11.14.10 at 2:01 pm ET
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Miami quarterback Chad Pennington left the field in Sunday’€™s game against the Titans with a shoulder injury. Pennington was making his first start of the season but was sidelined after only two plays. Pennington was hit during an incomplete passing attempt but stayed in to throw a 12-yard completion to Brian Hartline on the very next play. However, Miami called a timeout and Pennington went to the locker room and was replaced by Chad Henne.

Pennington suffered a season-ending injury to the same shoulder in Week 3 of last season and went through the third reconstructive surgery of his career. This week, coach Tony Sparano benched Henne in favor of Pennington but his return to Sunday’€™s game is listed as questionable.

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Pirates to hire Clint Hurdle as manager

11.14.10 at 1:28 pm ET
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The Pirates have hired Clint Hurdle as their manager, signing him to a three-year deal, reports Hurdle was a former manager for the Colorado Rockies from 2002-2009 and he also was the hitting coach for the Rangers in 2010. The official announcement is expected to be made on Monday.

Hurdle was a candidate for the Mets manager position but he will now take over a Pirates team that lost 105 games last season and fired manager John Russell. The Pirates haven’€™t had a winning season since 1992, the longest streak in professional sports.

Hurdle managed the Rockies and was a part of their 2007 World Series run. He posted a 534-625 record while managing the team. In Texas, Hurdle helped the Rangers lead the majors in hitting with a .276 batting average.

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Fantasy Football: Percy Harvin to start

11.14.10 at 11:46 am ET
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Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, who has an ankle injury and missed two days of practice this week with a migraine, is active for Sunday’s game against the Bears in Chicago. Harvin has 40 catches for 519 yards and three touchdowns this season, and he had a nine-catch, 126-yard performance last week against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Moss cashing in on unsold Patriots, Vikings jerseys

11.14.10 at 11:36 am ET
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According to, retailers selling Patriots and Vikings jerseys with Randy Moss‘ name and number will take a bath, while Moss and Reebok will both capitalize from the wide receiver’s nomadic season. The report suggests that Reebok shipped $2.5 million worth of Patriots and Vikings versions of Moss’ jerseys — $800,000 worth of Pats jerseys, $728,000 worth of Vikings jerseys and $750,000 worth of children’s jerseys for both franchises — and that roughly half of the Patriots jerseys will likely go unsold while “considerably more” of the Minnesota jerseys will remain on the shelves.

Once sold to retailers, the jerseys cannot be returned to Reebok, and so the company — which will also now sell a Moss No. 84 Titans jersey now that the wide receiver has joined Tennessee — will claim profits, while the retailers will take a significant hit. Moss, meanwhile, was already guaranteed roughly $500,000 in royalties from his jerseys.

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Fantasy football: Kerry Collins starting for Titans

11.14.10 at 11:25 am ET
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According to The Tennessean, Kerry Collins seems likely to get the start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday against the Dolphins. ESPN subsequently reported that Collins will get the start over Vince Young, who is still working to regain his mobility following a left ankle injury suffered on Oct. 18.

Assuming that he starts, Collins will have the opportunity with new Titans wide receiver Randy Moss, who will be making his Tennessee debut two weeks after the Vikings waived him.

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Report: Marlins plan to trade Dan Uggla

11.14.10 at 11:16 am ET
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According to the indefatigable Ken Rosenthal of, the Marlins plan to trade second baseman Dan Uggla after failing to reach an agreement with him on a contract extension. The 30-year-old hit .287/.369/.508/.877 with 33 homers and 105 RBI en route to a Silver Slugger award as the top hitting second baseman in the National League in 2010. But, Rosenthal reports, Uggla turned down the team’s offer of a four-year, $48 million deal, resulting in a decision to trade the second baseman and reinvest the money that would have been allocated for him in other players, perhaps a catcher and first baseman.

Rosenthal said that the Tigers, Blue Jays and Nationals have been in touch with the Marlins, while the Red Sox could view him as a fallback option in left field or at third base, depending on the results of their attempts to re-sign third baseman Adrian Beltre or sign free agent outfielders Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford. But Rosenthal said that the Marlins might want to move quickly to trade Uggla, before teams commit their available payroll to free agents.

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LeBron Being Randy Moss? King James addresses minutes controversy

11.14.10 at 10:03 am ET
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Two days after Heat star LeBron James sparked controversy in the wake of his team’s loss to the Celtics by suggesting that he and teammate Dwyane Wadw were playing too many minutes — a comment interpreted in some corners as criticism of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra — the forward clarified his remarks to reporters. As relayed by the Palm Beach Post, James (who played 44 minutes against the Celtics), said that his remarks were misinterpreted in a fashion that made him sympathize with wide receiver Randy Moss declaration while with the Vikings that he was going to stop answering questions other than his own. 

‘€œIt got blown up out of proportion,’€ James told reporters. ‘€œSaying that I told Coach Spo that he is playing me too much and he’€™s a bad coach. You kind of understand sometimes what Randy Moss is talking about, when he says I will not be answering any more questions. Because every time I say something it gets turned out of character. But it’€™s a conversation that me and Coach Spo had, and that’€™s what I was basically saying, that he’€™s still trying to figure out rotations. That’€™s what it was all about. And the rotations will be figured out through the course of the year, where I don’€™t have to play 44 minutes and D-Wade doesn’€™t have to play 40 minutes. I do think there will be games where we will both have to play high minutes.’€

On Saturday, in their first game since losing to the Celtics, the Heat beat the Raptors, 109-100. James played 39 minutes, while Wade tallied 35.

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Phillies making a big push to keep Jayson Werth

11.13.10 at 8:04 am ET
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According to a tweet from’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies are “making [a] big push to keep Werth.” The report goes on to state that any deal isn’t expected to be done quickly. Earlier Friday the Philadelphia Enquirer wrote that Philadelphia wants to know soon if it has a legitimate shot at re-signing the outfielder. “I don’t think it’s something we’re going to let go on for a while,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro told the Enquirer.Hopefully we’ll find out if he’s a viable option to bring back in a short period of time. Regardless of what happens with Jayson, there are things we need to do.”

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