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Browns’ Josh Cribbs injured against Steelers

10.17.10 at 2:57 pm ET
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The Cleveland Browns suffered a substantial loss with a first half injury to all-purpose player Josh Cribbs on Sunday. Trailing the Steelers 7-3, Cleveland (1-4) decided to use Cribbs in a wildcat formation when the dynamic receiver took a snap from center and ran to the right side of the field. Cribbs and a Steelers defender James Harrison had a helmet-to-helmet collision which left Cribbs on the field. He was taken off and he will be tested for a concussion. There is no indication yet to the extent of Cribbs’ injury but he will not return to Sunday’s game.

Cribbs was unable to find room to run against the Steelers with just 2 yards on 3 carries. The Browns intended to use Cribbs in their wildcat formation often to take pressure off of rookie quarterback Colt McCoy in his first ever NFL start. McCoy is 6-for-9 attempts with 67 yards passing and one interception against the vaunted Pittsburgh defense.

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Minnesota fires coach Tim Brewster

10.17.10 at 1:46 pm ET
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The Minnesota Gophers fired football coach Tim Brewster on Sunday. The firing occurred one day after Brewster and the Gophers lost to Purdue 28-17 in Minnesota’€™s sixth straight loss. The loss gave Minnesota a 1-6 record which prompted athletic director Joel Maturi and university president Robert Bruininks to make a change at head coach.

‘€œWe have high aspirations for our football program and we are not satisfied with its current direction,’€ said Maturi. ‘€œThe results so far this season have been unacceptable and the program has simply not shown enough improvement over the past three and a half years to continue with the status quo.’€

Brewster was hired in 2007 and went 15-30 at Minnesota with a 6-21 record in the Big Ten. Brewster had never been a head coach or coordinator in college or the NFL before he was hired. His only previous head coaching position was at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Ind. Brewster had a 0-2 bowl record with the team.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton was appointed as the team’€™s interim head coach for the remainder of the season which includes games against Penn State (3-3), Ohio State (6-1), Michigan State (7-0), and Iowa (5-1).

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NFL to meet Favre on Tuesday

10.17.10 at 11:35 am ET
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday that an NFL official will meet with Vikings quarterback Brett Favre to discuss allegations that he sent inappropriate messages to a Jets sideline reporter in 2008. The NFL Network added that the meeting would take place on Tuesday with a member of the NFL’s security team. While Goodell has said that he has no plans as of now to meet with the quarterback — who is listed as questionable to start on Sunday against Dallas due to right elbow tendinitis, putting his streak of 289 straight starts in some jeopardy — the commissioner said that stance could change if events warrant it.

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Olney: Royals to listen to offers on Greinke

10.16.10 at 11:01 am ET
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While the Royals have a farm system that features a wealth of high-end talent, it may be a couple years or more until Kansas City vaults from a last place team in the AL Central (they finished 67-95 this year) to contention. As such, with starter Zack Greinke under team control through the 2012 season (with salaries of $13.5 million in both 2011 and 2012) — a point by which the Royals may or may not be competitive — Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Royals will listen to offers for the 27-year-old right-hander.

“The timeline of Greinke’s career may not be in line with the organization’s reconstruction plans, so the Royals intend to listen to any and all offers for the All-Star right-hander during this offseason, according to sources,” Olney wrote. “The Royals could trade him this winter, or maybe they’ll wait until next summer, when pennant races sometimes drive up the prices that contenders are willing to pay. But either way, they will listen to offers in the weeks and months ahead.”

The 2009 American League Cy Young Award Winner turns 27 next week. Though he slipped from his dominant 2009 (16-8, 2.16 ERA) to more pedestrian totals in 2010 (10-14, 4.17), Olney spoke to talent evaluators who suggested that Greinke simply appeared to lose interest while dealing with the Royals’ ongoing struggles to win.

Greinke told mlb.com in September that he had indeed struggled with motivation, and that he would consider changing his medication for a social anxiety disorder in order to help deal with the issue.

“Something probably happened to where I had a real good year last year and just lost a little motivation in my process, which isn’t good. I just probably need to figure out a way to not let that happen,” Greinke told mlb.com. “My only motivation now is winning. I have no motivation to do any other stuff. When we’re 20 games out, it’s hard to get excited to come to the park. … About the midpoint of the year, it’s kind of tough, realizing we weren’t going to make it to the playoffs this year. That was really the only goal coming into the season and it was kind of a letdown when that happened. You just had to find a way to re-motivate yourself when that stuff happens.”

If Greinke is available this offseason, Olney noted, there would be a huge market for him in an offseason when Rangers starter Cliff Lee is the only dominant free-agent pitcher who will be on the market. While Lee will be using the contract of CC Sabathia (7 years, $161 million) as a benchmark, Greinke will be under team control for two years at $27 million, and so he arguably represents a comparable talent to Lee at a fraction of the cost and risk.

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Report: Mariners to name Eric Wedge as their manager

10.15.10 at 5:16 pm ET
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The Seattle Mariners will hire Eric Wedge to become their manager, SI.om reports.

Wedge was the manager of the Cleveland Indians from 2003-2009. He garnered the MLB Manager of the Year Award for the American League in 2007 after leading the Indians to a 96-66 record and the Central Division Title. The Indians team beat the Yankees to win the ALDS but lost to the Red Sox in a seven-game series. In Sept. 2009, the Indians announced that Wedge would not return to the team for the 2010 season, the final year of his contract. Wedge’€™s managerial record is 561-573 over his seven seasons with the Indians.

Wedge, 42, will be called on to revive a talented Mariners team that many analysts predicted prior to 2010 would reach the postseason. The Mariners under-performed expectations and finished the season with a 61-101 record, the second-worst record in the major leagues.

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Eagles to start Kevin Kolb; Michael Vick still unavailable

10.15.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb will start for Philadelphia in Sunday’€™s match up against the Falcons, ESPN reports. Coach Andy Reid made the announcement after it became clear that quarterback Michael Vick was unable to return to the starting lineup. Vick practiced with the scout team Friday but the former Pro Bowl quarterback will be unable to play for the second straight week after an injury to his ribs.

Vick suffered damage to his rib cartilage during the first half of a Week 4 loss to the Redskins in Donovan McNabb‘€™s anticipated return to Philadelphia. Kolb entered the season as the team’€™s starter until he suffered a concussion in a Week 1 loss to the Packers. With Vick at the helm, the Eagles won two straight games thanks to superb play by Vick.

Kolb performed well in last week’€™s win over the 49ers by going 21-for-31 with 253 yards passing, one touchdown, and a 103.3 passer rating. The timetable of Vick’€™s return is still unknown. The Eagles will play the Titans next week, followed by a Week 7 bye.

The report also ruled out left tackle Jason Peters (knee) and defensive tackled Brodrick Bunkley (elbow).

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Green Bay Packers Injury Report: Aaron Rodgers in, Morgan Barnett out

10.15.10 at 3:22 pm ET
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The Packers entered 2010 as a popular pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl while boasting a potent passing attack and a relentless defense led by coordinator Dom Capers. Five weeks into the regular season, the Packers are missing some key personnel thanks to early injuries. Starting running back Ryan Grant was placed on injured reserve after a Week 1 game against the Eagles left him with a season ending ankle injury. Starting safety Morgan Burnett was also placed on IR after suffering a torn ACL in Week 4.

The most recent addition to the Packers’ injured reserve is Nick Barnett who underwent surgery to repair an injured wrist, reports FanHouse. Coaches and doctors had been optimistic for Barnett’s return in 2o10 but his placement on injured reserve means that Barnett will miss the entire season for Green Bay.

If injuries to key players on offense and defense wasn’t enough, the Packers are still waiting to hear if starting tight end Jermichael Finley will be able to return to the team after suffering a knee injury against the Redskins. Finley had emerged as one of quarterback Aaron Rodgerstop targets with 21 receptions for 301 yards and one touchdown through the first four weeks of the season. Reports have indicated that Finley’s injury is more serious than originally though, which could mean the tight end is the next addition to the Packers’ injured reserve list.

Rogers received a concussion at the end of the 16-13 loss to the Redskins. It was the first concussion of Rogers’ career. Rogers passed all the concussion tests this week and participated in full practice on Friday, reports ESPN. Coach Mike McCarthy ruled the 26-year-old quarterback as probable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Other injury reports for Sunday’s game include right tackle Mark Tauscher (knee), linebacker Brandon Chillar (shoulder), and linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) who are all doubtful to play against the Dolphins.

Defensive linemen Ryan Pickett (ankle) and Mike Neal (shoulder) are questionable for the Packers as well.

Luckily for the Packers, Rogers is not the only injured player expected to return to the team against the Dolphins. Wide receiver Donald Driver, defensive end Cullen Jenkins (hamstring and hand), tackle Chad Clifton (knee), cornerback Charles Woodson (toe) and tight end Donald Lee (chest) are all probable for Sunday.

The Packers are 3-2, second in the NFC North behind the Bears.

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Bobcats waive Javaris Crittenton

10.15.10 at 2:06 pm ET
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Bobcats guard Javaris Crittenton was waived by the team on Friday. The 22-year-old from Georgia Tech was the 19th overall pick in the 2007 draft when he was selected by the Lakers. Crittenton was part of the Lakers’ trade to bring center Pau Gasol to LA in 2008. Crittendon spent time on the Grizzlies and Wizards as well.

Crittenton is probably best known for drawing guns with then-teammate Gilbert Arenas during an argument about gambling debts when both players were on the Wizards. Both Arenas and Crittenton were suspended for the remainder of the season by commissioner David Stern.

The Bobcats signed Crittenton to a non-guaranteed contract on Sept. 22.

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Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis ticketed for speeding

10.15.10 at 2:05 pm ET
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All-star cornerback Darelle Revis was ticketed for speeding on Thursday morning in Livingston, N.J., while on his way to the team’s training facilities. The Star-Ledger reports that Revis was traveling at a speed of 81 mph in a 40 mph zone. Revis also was ticketed for reckless driving. Because of his excessive speed, the Jets cornerback is required to appear in court.

Revis’ court appearance is scheduled Nov. 4 at 9 a.m., however he is able to waive his first appearance if he decides to hire a lawyer. The report confirmed the citations with Livingston Police Captain Jefferey Payne, who described the citations as “uneventful.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan announced that Revis will travel with the team for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Revis (hamstring) played last week against the Vikings but is unsure of his status for Sunday. Linebacker Calvin Pace (foot) also will travel with the team although his status is uncertain as well.

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Reports: Antwan Odum suspended four games

10.15.10 at 11:16 am ET
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Bengals defensive end Antwan Odum began the season with a four-game suspension hanging over his head after testing positive for a banned substance. Odom refuted the charges and filed an appeal. Adam Schefter and others have reported that Odum has indeed been suspended without pay for four games. The Bengals have a bye week and then play Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.

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