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One of the major differences between Derrick Rose’s latest season-ending injury and his last one is that the former league MVP’s torn left ACL occurred in the playoffs, both at and prompting the end of the Bulls’ campaign.
Rose rehabilitated in Los Angeles over the summer and because he wasn’t fully recovered in time to begin last season, the sideshow of when he would address the media, start practicing with the team and if he would return to the court became a major distraction, regardless of the intent. This time around, his comeback campaign was deemed over by the organization immediately after his torn right medial meniscus was surgically repaired, there isn’t much for Rose to address moving forward, as everyone knows the situation involves his rehabilitation and expectations that he will make a late-season return are minimal, despite the point guard leaving the window open a crack at Thursday morning’s press conference, held at the United Center.
- Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports41 mins ago
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck joined SportsDash to discuss his recent four-sack effort against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Tuck also breaks down the Giants’ early struggles, but believes the team’s resiliency can help them right the ship. New York has won five of their last six after opening the season 0-6. They play the 5-7 Chargers this weekend in San Diego.
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The good news was Jay Cutler practiced for the first time in nearly a month on Thursday afternoon. The bad news came afterward when head coach Marc Trestman ruled Cutler out for Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Cutler is still recovering from a high-ankle sprain he suffered in a Week 10 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Josh McCown will continue to start at quarterback while Cutler remains sidelined.
The Bears received more bad news on Thursday when Trestman also announced that linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) won't play against the Cowboys.
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There’s really no question anymore. The Texans are absolutely the worst team in the NFL. Despite a late-game comeback from the Matt Schaub-led Texans, they still fell 27-20 to the Jaguars in Jacksonville in a nationally-televised game on Thursday night.
With their 11th straight loss – seventh straight by one-score – the Texans (2-11) took a big step toward earning the first-overall pick in the upcoming draft. They lost both games against Jacksonville this season.
Schaub entered the game in the third quarter and gave the Texans a much-needed spark. Schaub replaced Case Keenum with the Texans down 14 but couldn’t finish the comeback.
In the fourth quarter, down four points, Schaub guided the Texans down the field before their 4th-and-2 pass fell incomplete. Andre Johnson was open but Schaub was forced out of the pocket. They did get the ball back with just over two minutes left, but Schaub threw an interception.
The Texans had a really good shot of going into halftime with the game tied at 14-14 but instead made a few bonehead mistakes.
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We’ve seen this movie before: A short-handed team, facing adversity, is tasked with playing a supposed juggernaut and put together an inspired, team-oriented contest, coming out with the win in the end — which is exactly what happened Thursday night, as the Bulls (8-9) completely dominated the Heat (14-5) from start to finish, winning a 107-87 affair at the United Center in their best game since Derrick Rose’s season-ending injury.
Two LeBron James (21 points, five rebounds) transition baskets weren’t the ideal way to begin the contest for the Bulls, but they quickly elevated their level of intensity behind the energy and rebounding of All-Star center Joakim Noah (17 points, 15 rebounds), out to his best start since Derrick Rose’s season-ending injury, and the unexpected offensive firepower of veteran floor general Kirk Hinrich (13 points, seven assists).
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If Robert Griffin III rushed back from a major knee injury because he was worried about losing his job to Kirk Cousins, well, that’s news to him. “Me and Kirk have always been good,” Griffin told CSNwashington.com. “That’s not an issue. The way I look at it, hard work, dedication and God’s grace is what helped me come back and play so quick.” He added: “Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not that guy. I’m not the guy that these negative articles are trying to paint me to be.”
Griffin’s comment came in response to a report on NFL.com over the weekend that said Griffin feared Cousins might take over as the Redskins’ No. 1 while he worked his way back from a knee injury.
From the article:
Redskins coaches have noticed an insecurity with Griffin this season, and some in the organization believed part of his motivation to quickly return from ACL surgery was driven out of fear that Kirk Cousins would make a run at his job . . . Part of why RGIII went to Baylor was to start right away, and he never really had his job threatened, even after his first torn ACL. The NFL simply is a colder place, and knowing how intelligent Griffin is, there can't be much question he recognizes that.
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An amusing exchange took place Thursday at head coach Chip Kelly's press conference. Kelly was asked whether opponents try to fool the Eagles by calling certain plays early in the game before changing to their actual game plan later.
"That's way too smart for me," Kelly said. "I don't see that."
Naturally, Kelly wouldn't do anything like that.
"I know as a play-caller, we don't do that," he said. "I'm going to call three s---ty plays in a row and let them think the next one is going to be s-----, and then we're going after them. I think that's a little bit ... that's not my mentality, and that's what I meant. I'm not smart enough to ... now you may think there's some s---. Hey, write that. If there's a s----- call on Sunday, just say, 'Hey, he's setting them up. We knew what he was doing to do.'"
- NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports19 hrs ago
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Lindsey Vonn will ski competitively for the first time in 10 months on Friday, less than three weeks after partially tearing her ACL in a training crash.
The Olympic downhill champion said Thursday she’s “confident and excited” about racing in a World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, according to The Associated Press.
Vonn took her first official downhill training run Wednesday, said her surgically repaired right knee felt “stable” and that she would decide Thursday if she was going to race. She blew out her right knee at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria, in February.
“It usually swells pretty soon after if there’s trauma,” Vonn said, according to the AP. “It definitely doesn’t take very long to tell, to see if it’s going to get swollen or not, but I just gave it the whole day and nothing happened, thankfully. “So all positive signs.”
Vonn said she’s skipping training Thursday but will race in all three events in Lake Louise, including a downhill Saturday and a super-G Sunday, according to USA Today.
She also said she will race with a knee brace and might not enter any giant slalom races this season.
- Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports20 hrs ago
Despite the off-field drama in South Florida, the Miami Dolphins are 6-6 and alive in the AFC playoff picture. The Steelers are their next challenge and Mike Florio says if they can find a way to stop Ben Roethlisberger, they have a shot at winning. After a slow start to the year, Big Ben has been heating up as the weather gets colder. The Steelers' quarterback is averaging 289 yards and nearly three touchdowns a game in his last five contests, a span during which Pittsburgh is 3-2.
- Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports20 hrs ago
This is it, fantasy owners. Most of your playoff runs begin this week and the outcomes could mean bragging rights with your friends and coworkers until next September rolls around. So who can you expect to step up in Week 14 and of which players should you temper your expectations? Rotoworld's Kay Adams (@heykayadams) and Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) of Yahoo! Sports joined SportsDash to give their bold predictions for this weekend's upcoming slate.
Evans thinks anyone in the Denver backfield is a good play this week, while Adams predicts a down week for the Eagles' typically productive ballcarrier.