Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes clears concussion protocol, to play Sunday vs. Bills
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He's playing. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes cleared the NFL concussion protocol Friday, paving the way for him to start in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the visiting Buffalo Bills. He was officially cleared by team physicians and an independent neurological consultant shortly after Friday's practice, in which he'd participated. "The week has been a bunch of testing, a bunch of different things to make sure I'm good to go and there's no lingering effects or anything like that. But everything's been good," Mahomes said. "I've went through what three or four diffe...
The Kansas City Star
Michael Cunningham: Hawks ready to take off with tougher defense
The top six or so Hawks players were good enough to make them competitive last season. There weren’t enough quality players beyond them. The Hawks are thin again this season because injuries have prevented the expected improvement in depth to materialize. Despite that, they’ve shown through the season’s first month that one important thing has changed. Ask the Pistons. They lost to the Hawks in overtime Wednesday night after trailing by 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Hawks didn’t do it with spectacular shot-making by Trae Young. He didn’t even attempt a 3-pointer in the final period. You...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dinelson Lamet's salary more than triples as Padres avoid arbitration
SAN DIEGO — Dinelson Lamet more than tripled his salary for 2021 after a breakout season last year. The 28-year-old Dominican and the Padres avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $4.2 million salary for 2021. Lamet would have made $1.3 million over a full season in 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic whittled the season to 60 games. Lamet did all he could with the shortened season, finishing fourth in NL Cy Young voting after striking out 93 batters in 69 innings and going 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA. His 0.855 WHIP was the third-lowest among qualifying starters in 2020, while his 34.8% strikeout rate w...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sixers lose to Nuggets, 115-103, with just 7 players due to COVID-19 protocols and injuries
PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers didn’t have a serious chance. How could they? On Saturday, a team, ravaged by the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols and injuries, had eight active players in its 115-103 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Mike Scott, one of those active players, is dealing with a left knee bruise and didn’t play. For the Sixers, this game was nothing more than an opportunity for Tyrese Maxey to showcase his skills. The rookie finished with career highs of 39 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. His opportunity came because of the Sixers’ roster that began losing playe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Detroit Pistons' Killian Hayes hip injury: Why he may not need surgery to recover
Killian Hayes' rookie season came to a sudden halt Monday night, after the Detroit Pistons' point guard suffered a labral tear in his right hip against the Milwaukee Bucks. He took one long stride with his right leg while hustling to defend a pass in transition (see video above), and immediately fell to the ground in pain, clutching his right hip area. The severity and a recovery timetable has not been released by the Pistons. The team and Hayes have a decision to make: Rehab his injury, see how the hip reacts and potentially bring him back more quickly, or have him undergo surgery with a pote...
Detroit Free Press
Mets have interest in former All-Star and Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who missed most of last season with shoulder injury
NEW YORK — The Mets are doing their due diligence on a former ace’s latest comeback attempt Free-agent Corey Kluber will throw in front of multiple big league clubs next week, which the Mets will scout according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. The three-time All-Star threw just one inning with the Texas Rangers because of a Grade 2 shoulder tear suffered during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. The previous year, Kluber lasted seven miserable starts in his final year with Cleveland. During his Cleveland heyday, Kluber was among baseball’s elite, winning two American League Cy Young Awards, and...
New York Daily News
Tilmon's career day carries Missouri to rare victory at Arkansas
On the road Saturday, No. 12 Missouri found a way to avoid a losing streak: Feed the big fella. Jeremiah Tilmon's career day powered the Tigers at Bud Walton Arena in an 81-68 victory. The senior center poured in 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against the undermanned Razorbacks frontcourt to deliver Mizzou's first win in Fayetteville, Ark., since 2015. The Tigers (7-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) evened their league record following Wednesday's 20-point loss to No. 7 Tennessee. The loss was the first of the year for Arkansas (9-1, 1-1). Mizzou point guard Xavier Pinson bounced back fro...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The pandemic is proving that ‘next man up’ has always been a lie in the NFL
In a league dominated by brutal injuries, NFL players have to be replaceable. Lost a step? Next man up. Nearly lost a leg? Next man up. Concussion? Next man up, now that we treat players for them. But the pandemic has laid bare that NFL-level players are not quite as disposable as the league wants them to be. In order to tamp down on potential outbreaks, the league has implemented a relatively strict surveillance regime that has knocked out whole position groups for several teams, with disastrous results. When the next man up can’t throw, catch or block, the whole thing falls apart. “Next man ...
New York Daily News
Why George Kittle will play for 49ers Saturday despite playoffs out of reach
All-Pro tight end George Kittle is going to come back from his foot injury and play against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday despite the 49ers being eliminated from postseason contention, the team announced Thursday. It’s about pride for Kittle, and clearly he’s not giving credence to the ideas it’s unwise to risk injury in a lost season or San Francisco should try to lose to get a higher draft pick. The final two games are against the Cardinals and Seahawks, two divisional foes that have dealt the 49ers losses earlier this season. “I’m coming back because I have a very sour taste in my mouth...
The Sacramento Bee
Seahawks’ Rashaad Penny focused on the present after making long-awaited return from knee injury
As cool as it was to get on a field and play football again for the first time in 377 days Sunday, the best part for Rashaad Penny might have occurred two days earlier when he boarded the team’s flight back east. “I was just ecstatic to be here and be back and just be again around the team,” Penny said. “Like I told the guys, I was just more so happy with traveling, because I was just happy just to be back around that feeling.” Funny what you miss when you’re away from the game for a long time, as Penny was during what was the first significant injury rehabilitation of his career — he didn’t m...
The Seattle Times