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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets LB David Harris ‘shocked’ by team’s lack of effort, promises, ‘It ain’t going to happen again’ 11.03.15 at 8:10 am ET
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NHL: Stars at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
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College football: Northern Illinois at Toledo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
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Soccer: UEFA Champions, CSKA Moscow at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— The Jets, apparently suffering from a Patriots hangover, were embarrassed by the Raiders on Sunday, dropping a 34-20 decision. That hasn’t shaken the confidence of what had been the league’s best defensive team.

Said linebacker David Harris on Monday: “Just trust me: It ain’t going to happen again.”

Harris said the team’s effort was not up to par, saying it was “disgusting” watching the game film.

“We just did a poor job of tackling,” Harris said. “The effort was poor all the way across the board. We had way too many guys not hustling on every play and it hurt us.”

The Jets had been the league’s stingiest team prior to allowing 30 points to the Patriots and then 34 to Oakland in consecutive losses that have dropped their record to 4-3 — and dropped them to 12th in points allowed (four spots behind behind the Patriots). Raiders quarterback Derek Carr amassed 333 yards passing with four touchdowns against the vaunted Jets secondary, while tailback Latavius Murray compiled 113 rushing yards. Pro Football Focus tallied 19 missed tackles by Gang Green.

Said Harris: “They outplayed us in every aspect. … Nobody expected it to happen. Surprised. Shocked. Worried. Any way you view it, it wasn’t our best effort, let’s put it that way.”

Kobe Bryant laughed off a preseason breakdown from ESPN that had him rated as the 93rd-best player in the NBA. A week into the season, he doesn’t even consider himself that good.

After saying he’s the “200th-best player in the league right now,” Bryant was given a day off Monday by coach Byron Scott, who hopes the 37-year-old will stop beating himself up.

“I said, just stay away from the gym today,” Scott said after Monday’s practice. “Just spend some time with your kids and family and get basketball off your mind for 24 hours if you can — which I don’t think he can — and then come in tomorrow fresh and we’ll go from there.”

Bryant is shooting 31.3 percent from the field and 20.7 percent from 3-point range, although he’s still averaging 17.3 points per game.

After Sunday’s 3-for-15 performance in a loss to the Mavericks that dropped Los Angeles to 0-3, Bryant said, “I just can’t make a shot,” and, “I freaking suck.”

Said rookie guard D’Angelo Russell: “We’re going to keep feeding him. … He’s in the gym 24/7. It’s not that he’s not putting in the work. It’s just, the basketball gods aren’t blessing him right now with making shots. But they’ll fall. Then we won’t be having this conversation.”

— Almost exactly three years after taking over as 49ers starting quarterback — and proceeding to lead the team to the Super Bowl — Colin Kaepernick reportedly is being demoted.

According to multiple reports out of San Francisco, Blaine Gabbert will be behind center when the Niners take the field Sunday.

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NFL roundup: Broncos LB Von Miller reportedly facing 6-game suspension; K Rian Lindell done as a Bill 08.19.13 at 2:52 pm ET
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In case you needed a reminder, baseball isn’€™t the only sport with a PED problem.

Von Miller, a third-year linebacker with the Broncos, reportedly is facing a minimum six-game suspension as a result of violating the league’€™s substance-abuse policy. It was reported last month that Miller would be suspended for the season’€™s first four contests, and it is unclear exactly what Miller’€™s infractions were.

An official announcement could come as early as Monday, according to ESPN. The report also says Miller is still trying to negotiate the suspension down to four games, but when the penalty is officially handed down he likely will not appeal.

Losing Miller for any amount of time, let alone more than a third of the season, could be a big blow to Denver considering he finished 2012 with 18.5 sacks, good for third most in the league.

Elsewhere in the NFL, Rian Lindell learned job security is hard to come by. Lindell, 36, has served as the Bills’ kicker for the last decade but was released by Buffalo on Monday.

The Bills are going with the out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new route, turning to rookie Dustin Hopkins to handle the team’€™s kicking duties. The Bills save about $1.7 million by making the change. Lindell and Hopkins had split time in the Bills’ first two preseason games.

Lindell finished his Bills career with 225 field goals and 980 points, both of which are second most in organization history.

Blaine Gabbert, meanwhile, has found a bit more luck in terms of getting ‘€” and keeping ‘€” his job. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley named Gabbert, a 23-year-old who has started a majority of Jacksonville’€™s games the last two seasons, the starting quarterback to start their 2013 campaign. He is 5-19 as a starter and has a 53.8 career competition percentage.

The weekend also featured a number of additional injuries in a preseason chock full of them, particularly for the Patriots’ AFC East foes. Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller is out for the year following a knee injury, and Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, who had been competing with Kevin Kolb for the starting job, had what Buffalo coach Doug Marrone called a “minor procedure” on his left knee. Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason.

The Jets sacks leader from a year ago, linebacker Quinton Coples, also is out for the rest of the preseason after having surgery on his right ankle. There is no timetable for his return, nor did the team disclose details on the injury. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz got off a bit easier despite bruising his heel. X-rays were negative after Cruz left Sunday’€™s game with the Colts.

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Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Laurent Robinson done for season 11.21.12 at 1:22 pm ET
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The Jaguars announced that quarterback Blaine Gabbert and receiver Laurent Robinson have been placed on season-ending injured reserve because of injuries sustained in this past Sunday’€™s matchup with the Texans.

Chad Henne, who replaced Gabbert in Sunday’€™s game, will be the starter for the rest of the year, and the Jaguars have signed Jordan Palmer, who spent the preseason in Jacksonville, to be Henne’s backup.

Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the 43-37 overtime loss to the Texans.

Gabbert’€™s injury is to his right forearm and left shoulder. His shoulder requires surgery and the 1-9 Jaguars opted for him to have it sooner rather than later.

Robinson sustained his fourth concussion of the season and will not return. He finishes the year with 24 catches for 252 yards.

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