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MLB considering 7-day disabled list to address concussions

10.22.10 at 2:26 pm ET
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Amongst endless discussion and controversy surrounding the recent enforcement of the NFL’s helmet-to-helmet policy, Major League Baseball is also considering implementing tactics to help those with concussions. The Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball may create a 7-day disabled list solely for players suffering from concussions. The policy could be implemented as soon as next season, with a 7-day DL for concussions being as a complement to the current 15- and 60-day lists used for all injuries.

The proposal will be considered in the offseason by a new concussion subcommittee under baseball’s medical advisory committee. If passed, Commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players’ Association would have to approve the idea.

All four of the major U.S. sports have moved towards understanding and regulating concussion policies as scientific research on the health dangers of violent collisions continues to grow.

The NFL’s new stance on concussion policy led to imposed fines of at least $50,000 on three players — Steeler James Harrison, Falcon Dunta Robinson and Patriot Brandon Meriweather — after illegal helmet-to-helmet hits made last weekend. The league and Commissioner Roger Goodell are also prepared to hand suspensions to players who exhibit more of this violent conduct.

While concussion diagnosis and treatment is still an uncertain art, the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA seem to agree that the safety and long-term health of players need too be addressed.

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Maryland’s Pete DeSouza will miss season after crash; Terps face BC Saturday

10.22.10 at 1:41 pm ET
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Maryland offensive lineman Pete DeSouza will miss the rest of the season for the Terrapins after a driving accident on Thursday night, the AP reports. DeSouza was hit by a turning car while the 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman was driving a motor scooter through campus, fracturing bones in both lower legs. The driver of the car was issued a traffic citation.

DeSouza will undergo surgery on Friday and he will miss the rest of the football season, although he is expected to make a full recovery. DeSouza played in five games at right tackle for Maryland while starting the last three.

Boston College (2-4, 0-3 ACC) will face Maryland (4-2, 1-1 ACC) in Alumni Stadium on Saturday. Maryland lost last week to Clemson while the Eagles have lost four straight games including last week’€™s 24-19 loss to Florida State.

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Canucks’ Rick Rypien suspended six games for grabbing fan

10.22.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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Canucks’ forward Rick Rypien will receive a six-game suspension for grabbing a Wild fan during Tuesday’s game in Minnesota. As seen in the video below, Rypien grabbed the fan on his way to the locker room following a scrum between the two teams at 13:13 of the second period. The Canucks have been hit with a $25,000 fine as well.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement Friday afternoon: “Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands. We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career.”

Rypien will be eligible to return for the Nov. 6 contest against Detroit.

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Titans WR Kenny Britt involved in club altercation, will avoid charges

10.22.10 at 12:56 pm ET
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Just as he was getting out of coach Jeff Fisher‘s dog house by scoring touchdown in four straight games, talented but troubled Titans receiver Kenny Britt has made headlines again for the wrong reasons. At 1:45 a.m. on Friday morning, Britt reportedly joined in a fistfight at Nashville club Karma.

While Nashville Metro police report that charges will not be filed, another stay in Fisher’s dog house seems imminent. Britt’s previous visits stemmed from an arrest for three outstanding traffic warrants and a “horrible” offseason in which he dropped everything in sight and showed up to camp out of shape.

Britt has 16 catches for 209 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

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UPDATE: Colts place Dallas Clark on injured reserve

10.22.10 at 12:26 pm ET
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Updating a post from earlier Friday, Colts All-Pro receiver Dallas Clark‘s season is over, as the team will place him on injured reserve following surgery to his injured wrist.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s been confirmed that surgery is necessary to repair the injury to my wrist,” Clark said in a statement released by the team. “I have met with three great surgeons, Dr. [Arthur] Rettig of the Colts, Dr. [Thomas] Wiedrich in Chicago and Dr. [Thomas] Graham in Cleveland. All three have helped me and my family out tremendously during this process. I look forward to supporting my teammates the rest of this season and rehabilitating my wrist back to full strength for next season.”

Clark has emerged as Peyton Manning‘s preferred safety blanket over the middle and down the seam, and the blow will be significant to the offense. Expect Jacob Tamme to step into Clark’s role. Clark has caught 37 balls for 347 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

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Report: Yankees will bring back Joe Girardi

10.22.10 at 12:09 pm ET
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According to a SI.com report, the Yankees plan to bring back manager Joe Girardi at a raise, though exact financial terms have not been released.

The move is not surprising, as the Cubs and Cardinals were the only other teams loosely linked to Girardi previously, and both have found other managers since ‘€” Chicago hired Mike Quade full-time, while Tony La Russa agreed to return for another season with St. Louis.

Girardi led the Yankees to a 95-67 record this season, and New York is playing the Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

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Chargers receiver shortage: Malcolm Floyd, Legedu Naanee, Buster Davis miss practice

10.22.10 at 12:06 pm ET
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Who will Philip Rivers will be throwing to this Sunday against the Patriots? The answer grows murkier by the day.

Patrick Crayton, who caught six balls for 117 yards last week, was the lone veteran receiver to practice for the Chargers on Thursday. Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee were sidelined with hamstring strains, while Buster Davis sat out with soreness in his ribs. San Diego Union-Tribune beat writer Kevin Acee stated Floyd “is not going to play,” while he expects Naanee to miss his second straight week. Davis, meanwhile, played through the rib pain last weekend and is expected to return to practice Friday.

Given the uncertainty surrounding tight end Antonio Gates as well, it’s likely the Chargers will promote rookie wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu from the practice squad before Sunday. Crayton makes a great fantasy sleeper as a bye week fill-in during a week with many notable names resting.

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Chargers’ Antonio Gates possibly a game-time decision

10.22.10 at 11:39 am ET
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Antonio Gates has started 85 straight games and has been notorious for playing through pain. Consequently, San Diego Tribune’s Kevin Acee believes “it’s a safe bet that Antonio Gates will play this Sunday,” though he is also quick to question just how effective his injured toe will render him.

Gates’ comments weren’t exactly encouraging for Pats fans.

“Part of me is waiting to see,” Gates said Thursday after missing a second straight day of practice. “I’ve been in a situation where [early in the week] I didn’t think I’d play and then I played.

“My streak is on the line,” Gates continued. “More important is we’re trying to make a run, make a push. The next few games are important to our season. I want to do whatever I can to help and not hurt the team.”

As Acee predicts, this likely will come down to a game-time decision, although Gates may not be as fluid and fast down the seam even if he suits up.

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Soccer star Wayne Rooney re-signs with Manchester United

10.22.10 at 11:36 am ET
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Days after threatening to leave Manchester United, striker Wayne Rooney agreed to a five-year deal to remain with the English Premier League soccer team.

“I’m signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history, which is the reason I joined the club in the first place,” Rooney said in a statement.

England’s Soccer Player of the Year last year, Rooney has played for Manchester United since 2004.

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Colts receivers Dallas Clark, Austin Collie out indefinitely after hand surgeries

10.22.10 at 11:17 am ET
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Two of the Colts’ top receiving targets will be sidelined for at least the next few weeks after having surgery on their hands.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts president Bill Polian has confirmed an earlier Adam Schefter report that stated Dallas Clark will need surgery to repair a a “displaced ligament” in his left hand. Though no official timetable has been set, as there are different types of surgeries for this injury, Polian expects Clark “will be out for a while, if not longer.” Jacob Tamme is expected to fill Clark’s shoes, and coach Jim Caldwell believes his versatily will allow him to thrive out wide and in the slot, similar to Clark.

Meanwhile, second-year wide receiver Austin Collie, who is the fifth-leading receiver in the league, also underwent surgery on his hand. Similarly, no timetable has been set, but suggestions range from 2-6 weeks. Polian commented he expects Collie will miss “several games.” Anthony Gonzalez is expected to step up in his absence.

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