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Buccaneers place Davin Joseph and safety Cody Grimm on injured reserve

11.29.10 at 2:17 pm ET
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Tampa Bay’s loss to the Ravens on Sunday proved costlier than just an ‘L’ in the loss column, after the Buccaneers announced Monday that they would have to place two starters on the injured reserve list. Right guard Davin Joseph suffered a broken foot and safety Cody Grimm broke his left fibula in the team’s 17-10 loss.

“That’s the nature of the beast in the NFL,” coach Raheem Morris said Monday. “Look forward to the challenge of getting new players ready for those positions.”

Grimm, the son of Redskins great Russ Grimm, cracked the starting lineup in Week 3 and recorded 57 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games this season. Joseph has been a starter since he entered the league five years ago and was a key part of a line that ranks in the top half of the league in sacks allowed and rushing yards.

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Bills receiver Steve Johnson questions God after series of drops

11.29.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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After dropping five passes in Sunday’s 19-16 loss to the Steelers, Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson blamed an odd culprit for his struggles. Johnson tweeted after the game:

“I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…”

Johnson did manage to record seven catches but dropped a 40-yard pass in the end zone in overtime that would have given the Bills their third consecutive win.

The third-year receiver leads the Bills with 59 receptions, 796 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Last week, Johnson had a career-high three touchdowns against the Bengals and celebrated by showing off his undershirt that quoted The Joker, reading “Why so serious?”

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra downplays LeBron James bump, talk of player criticism

11.29.10 at 1:12 pm ET
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Amid reports that Heat players aren’t happy with his coaching, coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed talk of problems with his team and said some frustration should be expected with the team off to a 9-8 start.

“A coach-player relationship in this league often will be confrontational at times. And other times, it’s smooth sailing,” Spoelstra said Monday. “But just the dynamic of the competitive nature of everybody, expectations, results ‘€” all these things combine, yeah, sometimes it will get testy. And that’s good. Especially when people have a pure heart and mind about getting better, that just shows that the sides want to make it right.”

In Saturday’s loss to Dallas, Spoelstra and LeBron James bumped into each other while James headed to the bench for a timeout. There was speculation that it showed James’ lack of respect for the coach. Spoelstra said he “didn’t even notice” the bump when it happened.

“Coming out of the timeout, it’s a pinball at the game, I’m colliding into a lot of people. So it’s probably a perfect case of overspeculation from this team,” he said Monday.

“I was fine with that timeout. The fact that guys are not happy about the play, tempers rose, you could see the fire and passion in people’s eyes. That’s the way it should be,” he added. “None of us should be happy about what was going on in the third quarter and taking it in stride.”

Dwyane Wade was asked Monday about Spoelstra’s performance.

“Right now, in my opinion, no one is doing a good job,” Wade said. “We’re 9-8. We’re all in this together. The players are not doing a good job. The coach is not doing a good job.”

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Report: Dodgers nearing three-year deal with Juan Uribe

11.29.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, free agent Juan Uribe is “closing in on a three-year deal with the Dodgers.” Uribe, 31, recorded 24 home runs and 85 RBI for the World Series champion Giants in 2010. Though he played shortstop for San Francisco, Uribe likely would start at second base next year in Los Angeles.

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly expected to play against Bills

11.29.10 at 1:01 pm ET
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Updating a previous report, Profootballtalk.com has been told Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is “expected to be available” when his team hosts the Bills on Sunday. This report surfaces a day after Peterson suffered an ankle injury in a win over the Redskins. Peterson had totaled 70 yards and a touchdown before exiting in the second quarter.

While the results of Peterson’s Monday MRI had yet to be released, this report creates optimism for fantasy owners of the third-ranked fantasy back just one day after the pain was “unbearable.” Managers all over the virtual world will be monitoring this situation closely, as the Bills boast the the worst rushing defense in the league. Toby Gerhart becomes a must-add for Peterson owners, as he would be a quality RB2 against Buffalo if “All-Day” can’t go. He rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Peterson’s absence.

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Cowboys’ Marion Barber expected to miss two weeks

11.29.10 at 12:56 pm ET
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Cowboys running back Marion Barber will “most likely” be out two weeks with a calf injury, according to Bryan Broaddus of ESPN Dallas. Barber was hurt on Thanksgiving against the Saints after being stuffed on the goal line.

Consequently, Tashard Choice becomes an interesting name for fantasy football fans, as he steps in to Barber’s role and has been effective when given a chance in the past. He entered the game and punched in the score once Barber left. Given a juicy matchup with a reeling Colts rush defense, Choice should be rostered in most formats as a viable flex option this week.

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Falcons QB Matt Ryan engaged to former BC basketball player

11.29.10 at 10:03 am ET
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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan announced on an Atlanta television station Saturday night that he is engaged to a fellow Boston College alum, former basketball player Sarah Marshall. Ryan said the two have been dating for about seven years and became engaged several weeks ago.

Here is Marshall talking about her last season at BC in 2007.

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Report: TCU set to join Big East

11.29.10 at 9:57 am ET
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According to a report from FoxSports.com‘s Jeff Goodman, TCU is expected to join the Big East for all sports. Ranked third in the BCS standings, TCU will be a boost to the conference for football.

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Report: Javier Vazquez to receive $7 million from Marlins

11.29.10 at 9:25 am ET
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Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the rumored deal between free agent Javier Vazquez and the Marlins is worth $7 million over one year, pending a physical scheduled for later in the week. The deal also reportedly includes a full no-trade clause. The 34-year-old Vazquez hopes a return to the National League will help him bounce back from a tough season in which he posted a 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 31 appearances (26 starts) for the Yankees. He is just one year removed from a season with the Braves when he recorded a 2.87 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 219-plus innings.

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Report: Derek Jeter asking for $110M minimum

11.29.10 at 9:21 am ET
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The New York Daily News reports that Derek Jeter‘€™s agent, Casey Close, is asking the Yankees for a five-year deal worth $22 million to $24 million per season, equating to either $110 million or $120 million in total. The Yankees’ original offer reportedly stands at three years, $45 million, representing a gap of between $65 million-$75 million between the parties. Jeter, 36, is coming off his worst season in the majors, batting .270 with just 10 homers and 67 RBIs. He just finished a contract that paid him $189 million over 10 years, including $21 million in 2010.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports the Yankees are expected to up their current offer. However, the team still remains unlikely to meet Jeter’s asking price. This is because the team is “operating with the belief that no other club is going to top their offer to Jeter.”

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