|NFL roundup: Texans WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub argue on sideline||11.18.13 at 1:12 pm ET|
The Texans’ Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub got into a verbal altercation toward the end of Houston’s 28-23 loss to the Raiders.
The dispute occurred after Schaub and Johnson could not connect after the Texans drove to Oakland’s 2-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. Houston failed on a fourth-down attempt to secure the win for the Raiders.
Schaub and Johnson could be seen jawing at each other when they reached the sideline, and Johnson bolted from the field prematurely following their dispute.
The Texans, widely viewed as a Super Bowl contenders entering this season, have turned into one of the worst teams in the NFL with a 2-8 record. There’s speculation that Schaub and coach Gary Kubiak could be ousted at the end of the season.
Johnson’s contract ends in 2016.
“I’m under contract, so I have to play my contract out,” Johnson said, per ESPN.com. “I can’t do anything about that.”
• Ahmad Brooks voiced his displeasure for a controversial call that contributed to the 49ers’ 23-20 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Brooks sacked New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees with San Francisco leading 20-17 with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Brees fumbled and Patrick Willis recovered for the 49ers.
But an official deemed Brooks’ hit illegal, and threw a flag on the play. Instead of San Francisco recovering the ball around midfield with a three-point lead, the Saints retained possession of the ball, received a fresh set of downs, and eventually hit the game-tying field goal.
“I didn’t hit him with my hand or my helmet,” Brooks told reporters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I basically bear-hugged him. That’s just how football is played. I think this [expletive] is bull [expletive]. Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down. It ain’t real no more.”
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Texans players irate after Houston fans cheer Matt Schaub injury||10.14.13 at 7:58 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Colts at Chargers, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
AROUND THE WEB:
• In the “be careful what you wish for” department: Fans in Houston cheered when struggling quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Rams with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in three consecutive games, was 15-for-21 for 186 yards when he left amid calls for backup T.J. Yates.
Yates entered the game and threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis’ 38-13 rout.
Texans players were not amused by the home fans’ reaction to Schaub’s injury. Linebacker Brian Cushing called it “barbaric,” while cornerback Jonathan Joseph said: “They’re going to do that, don’t show the [expletive] up.”
Added receiver Andre Johnson: “For them to cheer about something like that, it just sows they have no class.”
Meanwhile, unemployed quarterback Vince Young saw an opportunity in his hometown and lobbied for a call.
Tweeted Young: Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved by birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY.
• Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, not frequently known as the voice of reason on anything, waded into the controversy over the ‘Redskins’ nickname prior to Sunday night’s game between the longtime rivals and awkwardly attempted to defend Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
“It would be a real mistake — a real mistake — to think Dan, who is Jewish, has a lack of sensitivity regarding anyone’s feelings.” Jones said in a Q&A with his team’s season ticket-holders (via USA Today).
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose support for Snyder’s stance against changing the name has waned in recent weeks, also was in the room and said of Snyder: “I’m confident that he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about that name, but he also wants to do the right thing.”
Added Goodell: “We want to make sure what we’re doing is not insulting in any way to anybody. Again, I think the Redskins have done this in a way that respects the honor and tradition and the history of Native Americans. And that’s something for them to be proud of.”
• Alex Rodriguez is suing the Yankees, but the team is taking the high road — at least publicly.
General manager Brian Cashman said in an interview Sunday with ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” that the Yankees want Rodriguez back, despite previous reports that the team would prefer to not have to pay the third baseman’s exorbitant salary.
“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.
“It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”
Added Cashman: “It’s not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that’s broke and you’ve got to fix it. So, ultimately from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be in theory.”
Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball, hit .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games this season after missing most of the campaign following offseason surgery on his hip.
Rodriguez is due to make $25 million in 2014, and he would get a $6 million bonus if he hits seven home runs to pass Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 14, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the World Series to the Reds, 6-5, in 10 innings. The game is remembered in Boston for a controversial play in the 10th in which which Sox catcher Carlton Fisk made contact with which Reds player who had dropped a bunt in an effort to move the eventual winning run to second base?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets’ Mark Sanchez has season-ending surgery||10.09.13 at 8:10 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Pirates at Cardinals, 5 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
AROUND THE WEB:
• While the New York Daily News proclaimed “A star is born” on its back page Tuesday, a day after Geno Smith led the Jets past the Falcons on Monday night, the team’s former “star” quarterback had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.
Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery to repair a torn labrum, which Sanchez injured in the third preseason game.
“I’m very disappointed that I can’t be out there to help my team on the field,” Sanchez said in a statement, “but I’ll continue to help our team in whatever capacity I can.”
Sanchez helped the Jets reach consecutive AFC championship games in his first two seasons in the league but then turned over the ball a league-high 52 times over the last two seasons, culminating with him briefly losing his starting job toward the end of the year. Now in the final year of a three-year deal worth about $20 million in guarantees, Sanchez was in a battle with Smith in the preseason when he went down with the injury.
“All doctors expect a full recovery and I look forward to getting back on the field,” Sanchez said. “Until then, Go Jets!”
• According to a report out of Houston, fans visited Matt Schaub at his home and berated the Texans quarterback for his poor play this season.
“A fan went to his house and told him off,” a source told Houston SportsRadio 610, adding that another fan took pictures of Schaub’s family. The fans left before police responded.
Schaub has thrown a pick-six in four consecutive games for the 2-3 Texans. The 10-year veteran has nine interceptions through five games, after throwing 12 all of last season. Coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday he plans to stick with the maligned QB.
“You watch the struggle and you just want to be a part of the solution,” Kubiak said.
• On the same day it was reported that 19 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky settled with the school, Sandusky’s son, Browns director of player personnel Jon Sandusky, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Jon Sandusky, 36, was detained early Tuesday morning in Fargo, N.D., where he apparently was on a scouting trip to North Dakota State.
Jon Sandusky, who played safety at Penn State from 1996-99 and worked for the Eagles for nine seasons before joining the Browns four years ago, is responsible for evaluating college prospects and free agents.
“We’re aware of the situation and currently working to gather facts,” a Browns spokesman said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 9, 1988, the Red Sox dropped a 4-1 decision to the Athletics, as Oakland completed a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series. Which former Red Sox player was named MVP of the series?
|NFL roundup: Josh Freeman to Vikings; Matt Schaub benched by Texans||10.07.13 at 2:11 pm ET|
Josh Freeman finally received the fresh start he desired.
After a disappointing 7-9 record last year, and an 0-4 start to this season, Freeman is out of Tampa Bay, as the Vikings agreed to sign the free agent quarterback to a one-year, $3 million contract Sunday night.
Freeman narrowed his list of teams to Minnesota, Buffalo and San Francisco, according to CBSSports.com, but ultimately chose Minnesota.
The Buccaneers released Freeman, who was in the middle of his fifth season with the team, on Thursday, a week after benching him for rookie Mike Glennon.
Turmoil between Freeman, and the organization, and particularly coach Greg Schiano, set in early this season.
The Freeman-Schiano feud began when Freeman, a team captain for three straight years, was not voted one in 2013. Rumors swirled that Schiano rigged the vote so that Freeman would not be captain, a rumor that Schiano vehemently denied. Then, one day after Freeman was declared inactive for Tampa Bay’s Week 4 loss against the Cardinals, ESPN reported that Freeman entered the NFL’s drug program as a Stage 1 participant.
Off-field issues aside, Freeman’s fledgling play on the field played a large role in his demise with the Bucs.
In three starts this season, Freeman completed just 45.7 percent of his passes, for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. In his previous four years as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback, Freeman never reached the playoffs and posted a 24-33 record.
|NFL roundup: Titans QB Jake Locker, Chargers LB Dwight Freeney could be out a while after Sunday injuries||09.30.13 at 2:04 pm ET|
Jake Locker threw three touchdowns in the Titans’ 38-13 win over the Jets on Sunday, but he also suffered a hip injury that will sideline him for 4-8 weeks, according to an ESPN report.
In the third quarter, Locker released a pass and Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson hit Locker, knocking him back awkwardly to the ground. Locker instantly reached for his right hip and had to be carted off the field.
The third-year pro has led Tennessee to a 3-1 start to the season with 721 passing yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. He threw for 299 yards, one passing touchdown, and rushed for 68 yards and one rushing touchdown in the Titans’ Week 4 win over the Chargers.
Locker started 11 games last year and completed 56.4 percent of his passes, with 2,176 passing yards, 291 rushing yards, 10 passing touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for Locker and presumably will start for Tennessee in his place.
• The Chargers hoped that when they signed Dwight Freeney this offseason, he would lead a turnaround for a San Diego team that finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs last season.
However, Monday’s news of a serious injury could put a monkey wrench into those plans. Freeney reportedly suffered a torn quadriceps in the Chargers’ 31-20 win over the Cowboys on Sunday. The team is debating putting him on the season-ending injured reserve list.
The injury occurred in the second quarter, and he left for the remainder of the game.
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lions’ Ndamukong Suh under fire for latest questionable play||11.23.12 at 7:59 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Northeastern vs. Belmont, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Davidson, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Delaware, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Marist vs. Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pacific vs. St. Mary’s, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Michigan, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Clemson vs. UTEP, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Drexel, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Missouri-Kansas City vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Iowa State vs. Cincinnati, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke vs. VCU, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Gonzaga, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oakland at Michigan State, 8:15 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oregon at UNLV, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Louisville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Rice vs. Drake, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton vs. Wisconsin, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia Tech vs. California, midnight (ESPN2)
College football: Nebraska at Iowa, noon (ABC)
College football: Syracuse at Temple, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Ohio at Kent State, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Marshall at East Carolina, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: LSU at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Utah at Colorado, 3 p.m. (FX)
College football: West Virginia at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
College football: Washington at Washington State, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
College football: South Florida at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arizona State at Arizona, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended two games last year for stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving Day game, might face disciplinary action again this year after his foot landed in the midsection of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during Detroit’s overtime loss Thursday.
On a first-quarter play, Suh was on the ground after being taken down by an offensive lineman when he extended his left foot and it landed below Schaub’s belt.
Suh let the locker room without speaking to reporters. Schaub, asked about the play, did his best to take the high road.
Said Schaub: “I really don’t have anything to say about that play or that person.”
Boomer Esiason, on CBS’ halftime show, had no doubt the kick was intentional.
“I would never shake this guy’s hand, because once again he has crossed the line,” Esiason said. “It’s obvious that it was on purpose.”
Added analyst Shannon Sharpe: “This was intentional. There’s a reason why he’s … voted dirtiest player in the NFL by his peers — because of plays like this.”
♦ Ravens running back Ray Rice took some heat for draping a Terrible Towel over his head while walking off the field Sunday night following a 13-10 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. However, Rice made it clear that he meant no disrespect.
“I actually asked a fan to trade like I’ve been trading jerseys with guys at the end of the game,” Rice told The Baltimore Sun. “So, I didn’t stomp it or do anything wrong. I actually walked out with it and I think I’m going to save it and put it in my basement to cherish the rivalry. It’s not like you get out there and do derogatory stuff and spit, no none of that stuff. If you think about it, where I’m at in my career, you cherish these rivalries, cherish the moments.
“I apologize to those who saw it as disrespectful. For me, I thought it was a pretty cool gesture, exchanging my gloves with a fan and walking out with it. Obviously, getting a victory there was cool. … To have something in your basement to know what the rivalry is all about is pretty cool. I’ve been exchanging jerseys with guys. My basement is getting pretty colorful down there with other teams’ stuff.”
Added Rice: “The other side, they don’t really like it, which I understand why like, ‘Nobody plays with the Terrible Towel,’ and I understand that. I respect this rivalry. I respect their organization. It’s not like you’re going to catch me on YouTube burning a Terrible Towel. I’ll keep it in my basement and when I get to grow up and my time is done you get to look back on these moments: ‘I got to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.’ This has actually been the first year I’ve started to collect other teams’ stuff.”
♦ There weren’t many people watching, because it was the Bobcats vs. the Hornets, but at the end of Wednesday night’s game in Charlotte, Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani air-balled a shot with two seconds left and his team trailing by a point. On Thursday, the NBA acknowledged that a foul should have been called on Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that would have sent Bargnani to the free throw line.
The league did not indicate that any punishment would be due for officials Ed Malloy, John Goble and Violet Palmer.
♦ Former boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead following Tuesday night’s shooting in his home country of Puerto Rico. Family members initially disagreed whether to remove the 50-year-old from life support, although reports indicated the holdout family members agreed to pull the plug after two more days.
“We have done everything we could,” said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. “We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead.”
Camacho won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight titles in the 1980s. He had a career record 79-6-3. He also had issues with drugs and alcohol and served a brief jail term in Mississippi for a 2005 burglary.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 23, 1977, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher?
|Week 10 NFL Injury Roundup: Matt Cassel’s season in danger||11.15.11 at 10:19 am ET|
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel could miss the rest of the season, as his injured throwing hand will “probably” need surgery, according to coach Todd Haley.
Cassel injured his right hand late in the Chiefs’ loss to the Broncos on Sunday, the injury appearing to occur when Cassel was sacked. The former Patriots quarterback is likely out for Kansas City’s game against New England next Monday night. Tyler Palko filled in for Cassel after he was injured against Denver and stands to get the starting nod against the Patriots.
Cassel has struggled this season after hurting his ribs early on in the 2011 campaign. He is completing just 59.5 percent of his passes and has a pedestrian 10 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions. Cassel signed a six-year, $63-million contract with the Chiefs in 2009 after his breakout 2008 season with the Patriots filling in for the injured Tom Brady.
Here are more notable injuries and updates following Week 10 of the NFL season.
• Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is out for the season with a lisfranc injury, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter yesterday. Schaub was injured in the first half of Houston’s win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
• It was a bad week for quarterbacks, as the Eagles’ Michael Vick was also injured on Sunday when he broke two ribs in Philadelphia’s loss to the Cardinals. It is unknown whether Vick will play against the Giants this coming week or not.
• Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Denver’s win over the Chiefs on Sunday. Coach John Fox said that Moreno will have surgery on the knee in the near future.
• Bills center Eric Wood also tore a ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season. Wood suffered the injury in Buffalo’s loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.
• The Bears have placed left guard Chris Williams on injured reserve after he had surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist on Sunday night. Williams was injured in the first half of Chicago’s win over the Lions on Sunday.
|Report: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub out for season||11.14.11 at 6:18 pm ET|
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is out for the season with a lisfranc injury, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schaub was injured in the first half of Houston’s 37-9 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday, a win that tied the Texans with Pittsburgh for the best record in the AFC at 7-3.
Houston has never made the playoffs in its brief history in the NFL, but with Indianapolis and Jacksonville struggling, they enjoy a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South. Former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart will replace Schaub.
The Texans are already without Mario Williams, who is out for the season with a torn chest muscle and wide receiver Andre Johnson, who has missed six games with a hamstring injury.
|Week 5 NFL injury roundup: Texans LB Mario Williams out for season||10.12.11 at 7:10 am ET|
After falling to the Raiders, 25-20, on Sunday, the Texans received some bad news when they learned that linebacker Mario Williams will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Williams suffered the injury in the first quarter of Houston’s loss to Oakland. He had made the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker at the start of this season.
“I feel so bad for Mario, because he’s such a heck of a player,” coach Gary Kubiak said Monday. “He had really taken to the position he’s playing. He was improving every day in practice, improving in every game. I’d never seen him so upbeat about what was going on.”
Here are more notable injuries and updates heading into Week 6 of the NFL season.
• The Texans are also keeping an eye on quarterback Matt Schaub, who is day-to-day with a sore throwing shoulder and thigh bruise. Wide receiver Andre Johnson is doubtful for Houston’s game against the Ravens this Sunday with a right hamstring injury.
• Packers left tackle Chad Clifton left Green Bay’s game against Atlanta with what coach Mike McCarthy is terming a “significant” hamstring injury. With McCarthy saying it could take “a couple of weeks” to determine the full extent of Clifton’s injury, it looks like the veteran offensive linemen will be missing at least be missing the next few weeks.
• 49ers receiver Joshua Morgan will miss “an extended period of time” according to coach Jim Harbaugh after Morgan broke a bone in his lower right leg in San Francisco’s 48-3 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
• Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes suffered a broken foot in Arizona’s loss to the Vikings on Sunday. The injury will require surgery and will force Rhodes to miss a significant amount of time.
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