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Vikings G Nick Easton out for season with fractured ankle

Nick Easton’s season is over.

The Vikings guard will require season-ending surgery after fracturing his ankle in Saturday’s shutout win over the Packers, coach Mike Zimmer announced.

Easton suffered the injury late in the first quarter when Packers defensive lineman Quinton Dial rolled onto his ankle and had to be helped off the field by trainers without putting any weight on his foot. He was one of three players to get hurt in the matchup after long-snapper Kevin McDermott and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen also went down with injuries.

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The Steelers (11-3) will visit the Texans (4-10) at 4:30 p.m. ET Christmas Day before closing the regular season at Heinz Field against the winless Browns (0-14).

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“There was no animosity or bad feelings. It’s just the business of the NFL,” Bill Parise, Harrison’s agent, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “I believe he still wants to play. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with waivers.”

Harrison has 80.5 career sacks with the Steelers, but his playing time was significantly diminished this season, as he played just 40 snaps through five games. He most recently played in Week 13 against the Ravens, where he logged 11 snaps.

The linebacker has started in 107 out of 177 games played with the Steelers, according to, and was originally signed as an undrafted rookie in 2002.

He’s spent all but one of his 15 NFL seasons with the Steelers. In 2013, he was a member of the Bengals.

As part of this roster move, offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert has been activated from the reserve/suspended by commissioner list.

Brian Hoyer’s day ended in Week 6 after only a little more than a quarter against Washington.

Avril has been sidelined since suffering a neck/spine injury in Week 4. He’ll have to miss at least eight weeks while on injured reserve, and it’s possible that he will miss the remainder of the season. Carroll has said that Avril’s injury could be a long-term issue, and when asked last week if it could sideline him for the rest of the season, the coach didn’t rule out that possibility.

On Monday, Bryant told media that he did not request a trade and that he has talked to Steelers coaches only about getting better.

Multiple Steelers have tried to encourage Bryant early this week, according to sources, citing his crucial role in the offense and how it’s too early to be frustrated.

Roethlisberger said Bryant’s improved blocking and inspired play in Kansas City, where he caught two passes for 27 yards on 33 snaps, were positive signs. Also, the Steelers can call more red zone plays designed to go to Bryant.

Brian Hoyer’s day ended in Week 6 after only a little more than a quarter against Washington. In the middle of the second quarter, the San Francisco 49ers turned over the reins to rookie third-round pick C.J. Beathard and gave extra snaps to rookie running back Matt Breida who entered the game with the rookie quarterback.

The rookie entered the game Sunday with a 14-0 deficit at FedEx Field, which may hold some sentimental value to Beathard. His grandfather, Bobby Beathard, was the general manager in Washington for 12 seasons, including the team’s Super Bowl-winning seasons in 1982 and 1987.

During the 2016 season, eight games aired only on NFL Network, with two games aired on Saturday, and two on Sunday. The games that appeared on CBS and NBC were streamed on Twitter — and we can likely expect the same treatment with Amazon. The schedule for 2017 is not available yet, but will come out later this month.

Jones joins a backfield in Indianapolis that includes Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack.

When he met the media before practice, Garrett refused to back down from his statement in the spring that he hoped to take down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“Stand by it,” Garrett said. “You shouldn’t be scared to take anybody down.”

“I’ve been playing this game for 14 years now,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “He’s not the first or the last one to talk about trying to get me. I’m just blessed to have a group in front of me to help protect that. … I know they are always up for the challenge. They always want to protect me, open up things in the run game. They take pride in being the best in the business and that’s what I think they are.”

Jones rushed for 950 yards and six touchdowns in his two seasons in Washington. One of his biggest problems was an inability to hold onto the ball. He fumbled seven times with the Redskins, losing six of them. The six lost fumbles tied Melvin Gordon of the Chargers for the most over the past two seasons.

Schwenke, signed by the Colts as a free agent in March, started 28 games over the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

The other players claimed by the Colts were defensive backs Pierre Desir (Seattle) and Kenny Moore (New England), offensive lineman Ian Silberman (Oakland) and receiver Matt Hazel (Washington).

The other players let go Sunday were tackle Zach Banner and safety Ronald Martin (both waived) and tight end Brandon Williams (released).rockets_024

Odell Beckham Believes He Will Be NFL’s Highest-Paid Player

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid player, an admission he made in an “UNINTERRUPTED” video shown above.

“It’s (his contract) like the elephant in the room. You don’t want to talk about it, but I’ve gotten to the point in my life where there’s no need to not talk about it,” Beckham said.

If Flacco’s injury winds up being more severe than they’re estimating right now, he might get his chance. Unlike the other quarterbacks on Baltimore’s roster, Kaepernick can actually be a viable starter. Just stop yourself before you argue against that. It’s been established.

The only question at this point for a team signing Kaepernick is whether or not it’s too late in the process for him to have an impact. It’s not easy taking over an offense in August, having missed the offseason work prior to starting training camp.

Not having that time to learn the offense would certainly put him at a disadvantage, but he does have another thing going for him in Baltimore — he knows the coaching staff.

John Harbaugh is Jim’s brother, so there’s that. But the more important connection here is offensive assistant Greg Roman, who happened to be the offensive coordinator in San Francisco during Kaepernick’s first four seasons in the league, including their trip to Super Bowl XLVII when they lost to the Ravens.

And even though it’s still too early to know with any certainty how long Flacco will be on the shelf, a lot of Ravens fans are already coming around to the idea.


Thunder’s Russell Westbrook dunks on DeMarcus Cousins’ soul

On a night in which Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins earned his 18th technical foul of the season (and an automatic suspension), Russell Westbrook added insult to injury.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Thunder guard dunked so hard on “Boogie,” future Boogies will feel it.

The thunderous dunk propelled Oklahoma City to a 118-110 victory over the struggling Pelicans. New Orleans is 0-3 since acquiring Cousins from the Kings.

The dunk was part of the 41 points Westbrook scored. He added 11 dimes and 11 rebounds to secure another triple-double.

Needless to say, Cousins will be looking to put Sunday night behind him and . . . look forward to his pending suspension, or something.

Jason Kidd would like to see Antetokounmpo make the game a little easier for himself. About half of Antetokounmpo’s shots come at the rim, and the numbers show there’s a pretty good reason for that. He shoots better than 70 percent from within three feet, according to Basketball Reference, a testament to his combination of size and athleticism.

But there’s a physical price to be paid for every foray into the paint, and maybe, at 22, Antetokounmpo can handle that. As his career progresses, though, Kidd knows his young star will need to vary his game, starting by trusting his midrange jumper. Antetokounmpo is not much of a 3-point shooter just yet—he takes 2.3 3-pointers per game, and makes only 28.3 percent—but that can come later. For now, Kidd would like to see Antetokounmpo have more faith in his shot from the elbows, to limit the banging he takes.broncos_068

Wizards, Rockets, Warriors take commanding 2-0 leads

To NBA fans in Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Portland: avert your eyes. You’re not going to like your playoff odds.

The Wizards, Rockets and Warriors all grabbed 2-0 series leads Wednesday with victories at home against the Hawks, Thunder and Trail Blazers. Prior to Wednesday night’s slate of NBA playoff games, ESPN Stats and Info pointed out 94 percent of teams with 2-0 leads in best-of-seven series have advanced. So it’s an uphill climb, to say the least.

Unsurprisingly, those developments have also made big men on less desirable contracts functionally unmovable without their current team surrendering assets because they provide less value and fewer franchises will have substantial cap space. That reduced number of teams with salary flexibility should drive salaries down for this summer’s non-elite free agents as well, so contracts to perceived starters like Noah and Mozgov will continue to look bad, but many front offices will be able to do much better with their free-agent dollars than 2016 deals for backup centers Dwight Powell, Jon Leuer, Boban Marjanovic and Al Jefferson.

As was the case last summer, the front offices that do best in 2017 could be those who just wait out their impatient counterparts and those who do not have the salary flexibility to make mistakes. In 2016, the Warriors produced a surprisingly solid center rotation with Zaza Pachulia, David West and JaVale McGee while both the Rockets (Nene) and Spurs (Dewayne Dedmon) added key rotation pieces with their Room Mid-Level exceptions.

Of course, not every team can sell the prospect of playing time on a title contender. Incidentally, each of those three teams will need to strike gold again with similar constraints since all of those signees will be free agents again, but they will not be players in the higher end trade market.

Dan Shulman leaving ESPN’s ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ booth after season

Dan Shulman’s seventh season as the play-by-play man for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasts will be his last.

Taylor is a 25-year-old reliever for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, who were in town for a series against the Salt Lake Bees. Las Vegas manager Pedro Lopez told the Review-Journal Taylor needed six or seven staples in his head to close the wound.

Thank you to everybody who has reached out to me to check on me, it has meant a lot and I’ll be back out there soon.

Lopez said two other 51s players witnessed the attack.

“They tried to go after the guy when they realized it was Logan, but (the police) ended up catching the guy later on,” Lopez said.

Taylor, an Oklahoma native in his sixth season with the Mets organization, has been played on the seven-day disabled list. The Mets told the Review-Journal they had no comment on the incident.

Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players. Veteran players other than quarterbacks or injured players may report to a club’s preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.

A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club’s roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who report to camp, or join the club’s roster, or receive medical clearance to practice during the three-day acclimation period are required to complete as much of the acclimation period as remains. Players who report to camp, or join the club’s roster, or receive medical clearance to practice after the three-day acclimation period has ended may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.warriors_007-115x115

Verizon lands NFL deal to stream Ravens-Jaguars from London

Pegula: No, it’s not the same situation. It’s a different team, different issues. We need to get better.

There have been a lot of reports and speculation since the end of the season about Doug Whaley’s future. You’ve mentioned you enjoyed working with him. How tough was it that he kind of got strung along here a little bit in the last few months?

Pegula: There were a few tears around the building, to be honest with you. He’s a good guy.

Terry, it’s been reported that Brandon Beane, the assistant GM in Carolina, is a candidate. Can you confirm that?

Pegula: We haven’t started any — had one discussion regarding who our candidate is.

Terry, do you have a structure of what you want the front office to be? Whether it’s the head coach reporting to the GM, or Director of Football Operations, or whatever it is – or are you going to let the candidates in the interview —

Pegula: We’ve got to let that roll and see how it shapes out as we talk to people.

For a mere $21 million, Verizon has earned the right to stream the Ravens-Jaguars game from London on Sept. 24, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The matchup will be shown on three Verizon-owned platforms: AOL, Complex and go90, the report said. It could also end up on Yahoo if Verizon’s pending $4.5 billion deal for that company is finalized.

Yahoo was the NFL’s partner the first time it tried a streaming-only broadcast in 2015. The rights to that London-based Jaguars-Bills game went for $15 million. cubs_958

6 NFL free agent signings we want to see in 2017

Some free agent signings are destined to change the trajectory of a franchise. Peyton Manning and Reggie White were the missing pieces that returned the Broncos and Packers, respectively, to glory. Drew Brees turned the Saints from rudderless also-ran into a world championship club. Curtis Martin jumped ship from the Patriots to become the Jets’ all-time leading rusher.

But for every natural fit, there are several more missed opportunities that made sense on paper but never came to fruition. Barry Sanders never left Detroit, instead choosing to re-sign with the team that shackled him to a 1-5 postseason record. Larry Fitzgerald’s unwavering loyalty to Arizona prevented him from playing in wide receiver Xanadu with Tom Brady and the Patriots. Franchises can share the blame for these missed opportunities, as well; Miami passed on signing Brees in favor of luring Daunte Culpepper to South Beach.

The Texans have a dominant defense, and that’s how Houston has managed to make the playoffs in each of the past two seasons with a carousel of ineptitude at quarterback. In 2015, Houston won its division by virtue of the division being the AFC South, despite the fact that they had to work with Brian Hoyer, T.J. Yates, Brandon Weeden, and even B.J. Daniels behind center for a couple of snaps.

Last franchise quarterback: Because the Texans are such a young franchise, there are really only three quarterback eras in team history — David Carr, Matt Schaub, and then this mess that started with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Schaub was actually pretty consistent and pretty good for the most part, when he was healthy, from 2007 through 2013.7

Pittsburgh Steelers want James Harrison back for 2017

The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in keeping James Harrison around for another season — and the ageless linebacker feels the same way.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that mutual interest exists between the team and the 38-year-old free agent, according to Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise.

“The sides have not begun negotiating in earnest, but it sounds like a matter of time before it happens,” Rapoport reported.

It echoes what Steelers president Art Rooney II said last month, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the club is “open” to reuniting with Harrison, while noting: “I think he is, (too).”

Josh McCown, quarterback, Cleveland Browns

McCown performed valiantly for the Browns, but Cleveland is no place for a 37-year-old quarterback. The Browns cut the veteran before he entered his third and final year of his contract. McCown intends to play elsewhere in 2017.

The chance Cutler works out in New York is slim, and yet, at a time when there isn’t a ton to be excited about as a Jets fan, Cutler still has enough juice to make the thought appealing. (That sound you hear is Bears fans chuckling at my ignorance.) And for the army of Cutler haters out there who don’t think he will have many options on the open market, just know that Josh McCown, a man who extended his career for half a decade thanks to six weeks as a Cutler injury replacement, said this week that “four or five” teams have contacted him. That’s right. Josh McCown has so many teams interested in his services that he’s lost count.