Category: Rugby

Steelers RB Bell returns to practice

Steelers RB Bell returns to practice

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell said Friday the left knee injury he re-aggravated during practice a day earlier isn’t believed to be serious.

”It’s not too bad, nothing too major,” said Bell, who added there was no ligament tear. ”I don’t know the length or period of time, yet it’s not as offensive as everybody thinks it is.”

The second-round pick from Michigan State proved it by dressing in full pads & practicing in a limited capacity, participating in non-contact work with the other running backs. He sat out all team drills.

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Redskins GM: no controversy between RG3, coach

Redskins GM: no controversy between RG3, coach

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bruce Allen knows well the history of Washington Redskins quarterback controversies. Sonny Jurgensen vs. Billy Kilmer in the ’70s. Doug Williams vs. Jay Schroeder in the ’80s. Heath Shuler vs. Gus Frerotte in ’90s.

In 2013, the popular take-sides issue isn’t QB vs. QB. It’s QB vs. coach. Robert Griffin III vs. Mike Shanahan. And Allen doesn’t see this one going anywhere.

”I don’t see a controversy at all,” Allen said Friday. ”I know somehow Billy & Sonny are laughing that we created a quarterback controversy with Robert Griffin. But we have a very competitive player who’s dying to play football & we have a very experienced coach who’s doing the right thing.”

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Brees starts strong, Saints down Raiders 28-20

Brees starts strong, Saints down Raiders 28-20

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees will need some unproven receivers to emerge this year, & could not assist yet be encouraged by way rookie Kenny Stills & second-year pro Nick Toon came through against the Raiders.

Brees passed for 202 yards & a touchdown while leading five scoring drives, & the Saints survived a sloppy second half for a 28-20 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders on Friday night.

Toon, a fourth-round pick in 2012 who spend his rookie season on injured reserve, started for Marques Colston, who has been getting extra rest because of an offseason foot injury. Stills started at wideout for the second straight game & hauled in Brees’ lone scoring strike from 16 yards out.

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Brady nearly perfect in Pats' 25-21 win over Bucs

Brady nearly perfect in Pats' 25-21 win over Bucs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady completed pass after pass, 11 in a row to start the game.

So much for his injured left knee.

Two days after spraining it, the New England star was perfect before throwing an incompletion on his last pass in the Patriots’ 25-21 exhibition victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night.

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Lions sign McIntosh, Mathis

Lions sign McIntosh, Mathis

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions signed outside linebacker Rocky McIntosh & cornerback Rashean Mathis on Saturday.

They were among four new defensive players participating in team practice for the first time Saturday, joined by defensive tackles Justin Bannan & John Drew.

McIntosh played six seasons for the Washington Redskins before starting nine games for the St. Louis Rams in 2012. Mathis, a 2006 Pro Bowl selection, played all 10 of his NFL seasons in Jacksonville & holds the Jaguars’ franchise interception record with 30.

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Chiefs learning life rough without Jamaal Charles

Chiefs learning life rough without Jamaal Charles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs received a rude reminder of what life could be like without Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles in their preseason loss to San Francisco.

They struggled to move the ball on the ground. They struggled to protect Alex Smith in the passing game. Really, they struggled to do much of anything on offense the entire night.

The result was a 15-13 defeat that left the Chiefs winless in their first two preseason games under coach Andy Reid. But both games come with a significant asterisk: Charles only played one series in the opener against New Orleans, & not at all on Friday night, when he was held out of the 49ers game with a lingering strain of his right foot.

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Browns' Mingo out of hospital after bruising lung

Browns' Mingo out of hospital after bruising lung

CLEVELAND (AP) — Barkevious Mingo couldn’t catch his breath & didn’t think much of it. Then, the rookie linebacker coughed up blood & realized he needed help.

The Browns are thankful he asked for it.

Mingo was released from the hospital Saturday after a two-night stay at The Cleveland Clinic because of a bruised lung. After watching his teammates practice, the first-round pick discussed his ordeal & the unusual injury he believes happened on the opening kickoff in Thursday night’s exhibition win over Detroit.

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Jets' Geno Smith sits against Jags with sore ankle

Jets' Geno Smith sits against Jags with sore ankle

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith will not play in the team’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a sprained ankle.

Smith was injured in the Jets’ preseason opener last Friday, suffering a mild sprain to his right ankle in the third quarter of the 26-17 loss. Smith was cleared by team trainers to practice yet walked with a noticeable limp early in the week during training camp at SUNY Cortland, & acknowledged that the ankle was sore.

Mark Sanchez, competing with Smith for the job, is starting Saturday night & expected to play most of the first half.

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Chargers' Royal taken off field in ambulance

Chargers' Royal taken off field in ambulance

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal was taken off a practice field in an ambulance after landing complex on his back after making a catch in practice Saturday.

The team said he has a bruised lung & was being evaluated for a concussion.

The latest injury to the wide receiving corps was the scariest.

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Bills rookie QB Manuel (knee) out for preseason

Bills rookie QB Manuel (knee) out for preseason

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason after hurting his left knee in Friday night’s preseason game.

In a statement released by the team Saturday, coach Doug Marrone said the first-round draft pick would have a ”minor knee procedure.”

It’s unclear when or how Manuel was injure in the 20-16 win over Minnesota. He took over to start the second half & opened with a 14-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brad Smith. He finished 10 of 12 for 92 yards in three series.

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