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Penguins forward Jordan Staal to miss up to six weeks

11.02.10 at 4:33 pm ET
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It has been a rough start to the season for Jordan Staal. After finally overcoming infections in his right foot that kept him out of the Penguins first 12 game, Staal will miss up to six weeks with a broken right hand.

Staal, who planned to make his debut Wednesday, broke his hand on Monday when he was hit with a puck in practice. Staal had been practicing with the team since October 11 but had not been able to workout over the summer due to the foot infections.

“It’s disappointing on a couple of levels,” coach Dan Bylsma said of the latest injury. “But mostly it’s personal for Jordan, because he’s had a difficult offseason and training camp. And then to get to the point where you’re looking to coming back to play, having to deal with another injury is disappointing.”

During the offseason Staal underwent two operations and three other procedures in his recovery from the foot infections. The infections began after P.K. Subban of the Canadiens sliced Staal’s tendon when his skate blade cut through Staal’s skate during the second round of the NHL playoffs.

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Wizards’ John Wall to play, while Gilbert Arenas will miss home opener

11.02.10 at 2:35 pm ET
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According to the Washington Post, basketball fans will get their first chance to see the top two picks in the 2010 NBA draft, as John Wall and Evan Turner face off Tuesday. Wizards coach Flip Saunders indicated that Wall will likely play in the Wizards’ home opener against the 76ers despite a right ankle sprain.

In his first two NBA games, Wall has averaged 21 points and nine assists in two Wizards losses. Wall set a dubious record in the team’s opener, as the Wizards’ 29-point-loss was the worst ever losing deficit for a No. 1 overall pick in NBA history.

While Wizards fans can look forward to Wall’s regular season debut in D.C., they’ll have to wait to see Gilbert Arenas, who was ruled out of Tuesday’s game. Arenas has yet to make his 2010-11 debut because of a sprained tendon in his right ankle that he suffered during the preseason. The team’s starting point guard has not played a regular season game since Jan. 5.

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Pro Bowler Shawne Merriman could be released Tuesday

11.02.10 at 2:34 pm ET
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Randy Moss may not be the only Pro Bowler to hit the waiver wire Tuesday, as reports that Shawne Merriman will be released if he passes a physical. Merriman has not played since Week 5 when he suffered a calf injury.

If Merriman does pass the physical, he would become available to teams through the waiver wire, with the Bills having the first shot at the former Pro Bowler. He has between $1.7 million and $1.8 million left on his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Merriman recorded just six tackles this season before being placed on the special injured reserve list. The sixth-year player out of Maryland recorded 10 or more sacks in each of his first three seasons.

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Redskins bring in JaMarcus Russell for workout

11.02.10 at 2:33 pm ET
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Fresh off criticizing and benching Donovan McNabb for his cardiovascular fitness, Mike Shanahan and the Redskins brought in JaMarcus Russell, a quarterback who has dealt with his own fitness issues. Russell was one of several free agents to work out with the Redskins on Tuesday before the team broke for its bye-week vacation.

In his three seasons in Oakland, Russell threw for 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 31 games before being released this offseason. The Redskins current backups to McNabb are Rex Grossman and second-year player John Beck out of BYU.

McNabb was suffering from lingering hamstring issues heading into Sunday’s game vs. the Lions and was told in advance he might be pulled.

On Tuesday McNabb said, “Coach makes the decisions.”

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Behavior with Vikings led Randy Moss out of town

11.02.10 at 8:56 am ET
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According to Yahoo! Sports, Randy Moss departure from the Vikings was due in part to his behavior since arriving back in Minnesota. The report singles out one incident in which Moss demeaned those serving food following a Friday practice. Writes Michael Silver:

As is the team’€™s custom on Fridays, a local food establishment was invited to the training facility to serve a catered, post-practice meal in the locker room. In this case, a St. Paul restaurant that is a favorite of former Vikings center Matt Birk. As the proprietors helped serve chicken, ribs, pasta and other dishes to Vikings players, Moss paced up and down the serving line and loudly expressed his displeasure with the offerings.

According to one player who witnessed the scene, Moss yelled, ‘€œWhat the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’€™t feed this to my dog!’€

Said the witness: ‘€œIt was brutal. The truth is, he deserved to be cut after that. It was such an uncomfortable moment. You know that feeling where you just can tell someone feels so small? That’€™s what it was like being there.

‘€œThis wasn’€™t a chain ‘€“ it was a mom-and-pop restaurant, and you could tell it was their best stuff. They had a special carving station set up, and there were players and other support staff lining up to eat it. And [Moss] is at his locker saying, ‘€˜You know, I used to have to eat that crap ‘€“ but now I’€™ve got money.’€™ You just felt so sad for them. I had never seen anyone treated like that.

‘€œAnd by the way, the food was actually really good.’€

To read the entire report, click here.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former athletes running for office

11.02.10 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Pistons, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)


‘™¦ There are five former professional athletes running for office in Tuesday’s elections: former NBA centers Shawn Bradley (Utah state house of representatives) and Chris Dudley (Oregon governor), and former NFL players Jon Runyan (U.S. congress representing New Jersey), Keith Fimian (U.S. congress representing Virginia) and Heath Shuler (U.S. congress representing North Carolina). Said Bradley: “As a professional entertainer in sports, you get a lot of real-world experience in a world that’s not very real ‘€” which is a lot of what politics are.”

‘™¦ Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb was forced to watch backup Rex Grossman blow the end of Sunday’s game vs. the Lions. In The Washington Post, Michael Wilbon rips coach Mike Shanahan for his decision to sit McNabb.

‘™¦ Kye Allums of George Washington University is the first transgender Division 1 basketball player.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 2, 1946, Red Auerbach made his pro basketball coaching debut, but it wasn’t for the Celtics. Which team did he first coach?

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Report: J.P. Ricciardi weighing offers from Mets, Red Sox

11.02.10 at 7:25 am ET
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According to the New York Post, former Blue Jays general manager — and regular guest on WEEI — J.P. Ricciardi is expected to let the Mets know Tuesday if he will be accepting a “key role” in the New York front office with new GM Sandy Alderson. Ricciardi, the reports states, is also weighing an offer to join the Red Sox front office. To read the complete report click here.

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Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham gave choke sign to Florida kicker

11.02.10 at 6:54 am ET
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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was caught giving the “choke” sign to Florida kicker Chas Henry prior to the Gators lining up for an attempted game-winning field goal Saturday. Henry would make the kick, giving the Gators a 34-31 victory.

The report also cites Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun as writing on Twitter, “Just checked the CBS broadcast again. Todd Grantham grabs his neck and says, ‘You’re gonna bleepin’ choke. You’re gonna choke’ to Henry”)

Thanks to the AJC report, here is a screen capture of the moment in question:

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Panthers to start Matt Moore against Saints despite poor performance

11.01.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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Even after another poor outing, the Panthers announced Monday that they will stick with Matt Moore as their starter for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Moore, who threw three interceptions Sunday against the Rams, has 12 turnovers in just over four games this season.

Moore was named the starter over rookie backup Jimmy Clausen going into Week 8. Clausen has thrown for just one touchdown and turned the ball over five times in just over three games.

Carolina is dead last in QB rating this season at 54.3 and rank second to last in passing yards with 165.9 yards per game and touchdown passes with six. The Panthers lead the league in interceptions thrown with 13. That’s 11 more than Peyton Manning and the Colts have thrown.

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Colts have new offer to make Peyton Manning highest-paid player in NFL

11.01.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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Colts owner Jim Irsay didn’t get Peyton Manning to sign on the dotted line but said the team does have a new offer for the All-Pro quarterback. Irsay said the deal would be structured similarly to the contract Tom Brady signed earlier this season. The Patriots locked up Brady for an additional four years at an average of $18 million per year, making him the NFL’s highest-paid player.

Irsay wanted to pitch the proposal during the team’s bye week, but Manning has stated that he wants to wait until the offseason to start any contract negotiations. Manning and the Colts take on the Texans on Monday Night Football with first place in the AFC South at stake.

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