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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers joins concussion club

10.11.10 at 3:21 pm ET
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Aaron Rodgers‘ status for Sunday’s contest is uncertain Monday after the quarterback suffered a concussion Sunday in the Packers‘ overtime loss to the Redskins. Rodgers will miss at least some practice time this week but could be eligible to play Sunday.

The Packers sustained numerous injuries during Sunday’s game, and two players will have surgery. Tight end Jermichael Finley, the team’s second-leading receiver, injured his knee but may be able to make a return this season, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Linebacker Nick Barnett may not be as fortunate, as the Packers will decide on the fate of his season later this week after he sustained a wrist injury.

Rodgers joins Jay Cutler and Kevin Kolb as the NFL quarterbacks to sustain concussions through the first five weeks of the NFL season. If Rodgers has to miss Sunday’s game, the only other quarterback on the roster is Matt Flynn, a third-year player out of LSU who has just 22 career NFL passes.

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Rams lose Mark Clayton for season

10.11.10 at 3:18 pm ET
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The Rams, already stung by injuries to their wide receivers, have lost another, according to a report by the St. Louis Dispatch. Mark Clayton said he will have surgery to repair the torn patella tendon in his right knee.

“Yeah, I’m going to have to get surgery to get everything taken care of,” Clayton told the St. Louis Dispatch.

Clayton was off to his best start of his career this season with 23 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He sustained the injury in the first quarter Sunday and had to be carted off the field.

“I got kicked right in the knee,” Clayton said. “And as soon as he did it, [the knee] was like so hot and I couldn’t move anything so it knew it was pretty serious.”

After spending the first five seasons of his career in Baltimore, Clayton was traded to the Rams in the offseason for a draft pick.  Clayton is the second Rams receiver to sustain a season-ending injury after Donnie Avery tore his ACL at the end of the preseason.

Danny Amendola will step in as the No. 1 receiver for rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Amendola had 12 catches for 95 Sunday in the team’s blowout loss to the Lions. The only other receivers on the team’s roster are rookie Mardy Gilyard, Laurent Robinson and Brandon Gibson.

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Brett Favre on allegations: ‘That will take its course’

10.11.10 at 10:11 am ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre continued to deflect questions about his alleged sexual harassment that occurred while he was a member of the Jets. In meetings with ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew, Favre responded to a question about the accuracy of the allegations by saying: “That will take its course.”

Added Favre: “My main focus is the New York Jets, they are a tough team. As good as they are, that has been my focus. I hate in away way if this has been a distraction, as I said Thursday [in a conference call with New York media]. We are here focused on trying to beat the Jets.”

Regarding the hit on his persona, Frave said his reputation “has always been important to me. That was one of the first questions I answered when I signed [with the Vikings]. Sure, it is important to me, it has always been a concern.”

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LEEInks List: Boston pro athletes put in cuffs

10.11.10 at 9:33 am ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is the latest high-profile athlete to be put in the spotlight for his questionable behavior, for incidents of apparent sexual harassment while he was a member of the Jets. In recent months, Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was charged with DUI, and Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested for striking his girlfriend’s father outside the team’s family lounge at Citi Field.

While Boston has been fortunate to avoid major problems this season with its star players, we are not immune to the situation. Here’€™s a look back at some local pro athletes in the last three decades to be put into cuffs.

10. Gabe Pruitt, 2009

Pruitt hasn’€™t seen a lot of playing time in the NBA since being selected by the Celtics in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft. That may have been the reason that he went out celebrating after playing five minutes against his hometown Clippers on Feb. 25, 2009. He was subsequently arrested at 3 a.m. the following morning for drunken driving. Pruitt had been pulled over in the first place not for erratic driving but because his tinted windows were illegal in California. He was released five hours later and posted $5,000 bail. The C’€™s waived him after the season, and he has been mired in basketball obscurity ever since, with stints in the NBA Development League and Europe.

9. Joe Thornton, 2003

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to separate work from pleasure. The 23-year-old Bruins captain was out at the Burty Bob’€™s II bar in his hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario, with his older brother John during the offseason when a bar brawl broke out. The bar owner called police after he failed to bring the bout to a halt, and that’€™s where it began to get sticky for the former No. 1 pick. Neither of the Thornton brothers went very easily, and both were arrested, Joe for assaulting and obstructing police and John for resisting arrest and trespassing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Sammy Sosa’s corked bat resurfaces

10.11.10 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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‘™¦ The corked bat that Sammy Sosa used in a Cubs game in 2003 has resurfaced, thanks to former Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger, who is selling it through an online auction house. Remlinger, who grew up in Plymouth and attended Dartmouth College, was a pitcher for the Cubs when Sosa used the bat during a game and broke it while hitting a ground ball. Remlinger found the bat under some equipment and tucked it away in an effort to protect the slugger. He said no one from the league came looking for it. Remlinger said he reached out to Sosa last year and an assistant said the retired player was interested in the bat, but Remlinger never heard back.

‘™¦ Amid reports that the NFL is aggressively investigating the situation regarding Brett Favre and his alleged harassment of female Jets employees, Clay Travis at AOL FanHouse looks at the legal ramifications. Meanwhile, in the New York Daily News, Gary Myers writes that the Jets are lucky to be done with the Favre headache.

‘™¦ With the Cowboys losing to the Titans and falling to 1-3, the criticism is coming in heavy on Dallas coach Wade Phillips. In the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Jennifer Floyd Engel looks at the embarrassment of “Wade-ball.” In San Francisco, San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami writes that coach Mike Singletary and quarterback Alex Smith cannot co-exist on the 49ers, who dropped to 0-5. And in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Nick Canepa blames the Chargers’ slow start on Norv Turner.

‘™¦ Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson became the first woman to run a sub-three-hour marathon in five decades, when she finished Sunday’s Chicago Marathon in 2:47:50. Her time was less than two minutes from qualifying for the Olympic trials.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 11, 1999, the Red Sox beat the Indians in the fifth and deciding game of the American League Division Series, 12-8. During the game, which player hit the first grand slam in Red Sox postseason history?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The fight showed up again, and that’s a good sign.” ‘€” Rays manager Joe Maddon, after his team tied the American League Division Series vs. the Rangers with a 6-3 win Sunday in Game 4

STAT OF THE DAY: 29 ‘€” Consecutive Associated Press college footballs that featured an SEC team in the No. 1 spot, a streak that ended this week, when Ohio State moved into the top spot after Alabama’s loss to South Carolina

‘NET RESULTS: Dude Perfect has a new trick: The Cowboy Stadium shot.

The Long Beach State basketball team has a clever way of avoiding the spread of germs.

Here’s an onside kick from Saturday’s Baylor-Texas Tech game that did not go well for the kicking team.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Troy O’Leary, who also hit a three-run homer to finish with a postseason record-tying seven RBI

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk (in the blue vest in this video) turns 60 today.

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Billy Wagner’s career possibly finished

10.10.10 at 5:14 pm ET
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Braves closer Billy Wagner, fifth all-time with 421 saves, may have pitched in his last game. Wagner was removed from the Braves‘ NL Division Series roster before Game 3 against the Giants on Sunday, reports ESPN. Wagner was removed with a left oblique injury suffered in the 10th inning of Friday’s 5-4 win over the Giants.

Wagner, 39, was replaced with veteran Takashi Saito for the remainder of the series. Wagner will not be eligible to return to the team unless the Braves reach the World Series. Wagner was fifth in the NL with 37 saves this season and is planning to retire after the season. Wagner has been one of the most successful closers of his generation and has played with the Astros, Phillies, Mets and Red Sox.

Manager Bobby Cox also announced that Derek Lowe will start Game 4 against the Giants on three days rest. On the series opener, Lowe pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 1-0 loss on Thursday.

“He should be good,” Cox said of Lowe. “He’s fired up about it. Even before we started these playoffs, he was politicking for a Game 4.”

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MLB Contract Rumors: Reds, Twins

10.10.10 at 4:14 pm ET
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The Cincinnati Reds will pick up the option on starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo for 2011, Fanhouse Reports. General Manager Walt Jocketty told reporters that the Reds “will definitely” pick up the $11 million option on Arroyo.

Arroyo has been a consistent presence in the Cincinnati rotation since arriving in 2006. The 33-year-old veteran has started at least 33 games and 200 innings each season in his five years with the Reds. Arroyo was part of the 2004 Red Sox World Series team and he pitched in relief situations during the playoffs.

Arroyo had a relatively solid showing on Friday for the Reds in Game 2 of the Division Series against the Phillies. He was in position for the win after pitching 5.1 innings with 1 earned run, but Cincinnati miscues gave up the lead to the Phillies in a 7-4 loss.

The Reds will look to offer a long-term deal to Arroyo and it seems that the veteran pitcher is open to the idea.

“We’ve had some preliminary talks,” Arroyo said. “I’d like to stay. I’m comfortable here. I enjoy the guys.”

The Reds are still trying to stay in contention against the Phillies in the Division Series. In the Reds first playoff series since 1995, they trail the Phillies 2-0 going into Sunday’s Game 3 that will face Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto.

Gardenhire, Thome consider future with Twins

The Twins were swept by the Yankees in their Division Series, giving Minnesota an early boot to start planning for the 2011 season. Manager Ron Gardenhire, 52, is entering the last year of his deal with the Twins. However, Twins CEO Jim Pohlad told the Star Tribune that it is “a no-brainer” that the manager will receive a contract extension.

Gardenhire led the twins to a 94-68 season and a sixth AL Central division title. It is the fifth time in nine seasons that his team has won at least 90 games. The only thing missing from Gardenhire’s resume is sustained postseason success. The Twins have not won a playoff series since 2002 with many of their woes at the hands of the Yankees.

Veteran slugger Jim Thome, 40, also looks like he wants to give another go at the postseason, the Pioneer Press reports. Tome is entering free agency and has reportedly shown interest in playing a 21st season. Thome struck out for the final out of the Yankees Game 3 sweep over the Twins.

Thome’s 25 home runs on the year pushed his career total to 589 home runs for eighth on the all-time list. This season was his ninth appearance in the postseason.

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Broncos Demaryius Thomas injured on big hit

10.10.10 at 4:10 pm ET
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Rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos top draft pick, was injured during Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Thomas was hit hard on a second-quarter kickoff return and fumbled the ball to the Ravens in the process. Thomas took a hit from Jason Phillips at the Denver 16 and Ken Hamlin recovered the fumble for the Ravens. Thomas’ head was whipped to one side and crumpled to the ground after the hit; he was down on the field for several minutes while being treated by medical officials until getting to the sideline under his own power.

Officials said Thomas suffered head and neck injuries, according to Fanhouse. The athletic receiver will not return to action during the game. Thomas had two catches for 12 yards before the injury.

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Browns’ Seneca Wallace injured, Jake Delhomme to play

10.10.10 at 3:12 pm ET
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The Cleveland Browns decided to start quarterback Seneca Wallace on Sunday against the Falcons after defeating the Bengals in a Week 4 win. Wallace made his fourth straight start for Jake Delhomme until he suffered a right leg injury against Atlanta. Falcons defensive end Jonathan Abraham sacked Wallace before the half and Delhomme was called on at quarterback. Delhomme had been inactive after a severe ankle sprain in Week 1 but was hoping to start the game until Cleveland coaches gave the start to Wallace.

Wallace went 11-for-15 with 139 yards passing and one touchdown before his injury. There is no immediate word on the extent of Wallace’s injury.

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Monday Night Football injury report: Brett Favre, Darrelle Revis probable

10.10.10 at 3:09 pm ET
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The Vikings and Jets will face off in a Week 5 Monday night game with its fair share of headlines.

The Vikings will be using new acquisition Randy Moss, who returns to Minnesota after stints with Oakland and New England. Moss will be playing a 17-game schedule this year after the Vikings already passed their bye week in Week 4.

Amongst the controversy surrounding Brett Favre and allegations about sexual harassment, coach Brad Childress said Favre is probable to start on Monday. Favre had an MRI this week that revealed inflammation in his throwing elbow; the QB has struggled with tendinitis throughout the early season.

The Jets have listed star cornerback Darrelle Revis as probable for Monday. Revis has missed the last two games for the Jets after suffering a hamstring injury in the first half of a Week 2 win against the Patriots. Revis aggravated his injury while covering Moss (then playing for the Patriots) on a spectacular catch for a Patriots touchdown. Many eyes will be on the possible match up of Revis and Moss amidst the ongoing talk surrounding the two standout players.

New York linebacker Calvin Pace is also listed as probable against the Vikings. Vikings cornerback Chris Cook will miss Monday’s game after having surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. Minnesota center John Sullivan is listed as questionable with a calf injury while tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is listed as probable with a lingering hamstring injury.

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