Jury orders Rams to pay $12.5 million for Reggie Bush injury

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury has ordered the NFL’s Rams to pay former running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million for a severe knee injury suffered at St. Louis’ domed stadium in 2015, the team’s final season before moving to Los Angeles.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the jury on Tuesday found the Rams liable for the injury.

Attorneys for the Rams say they plan to file a motion for a new trial.

Bush was playing for the San Francisco 49ers when he was pushed out of bounds during a game on Nov. 1, 2015, and slipped on concrete at what was then known as the Edward Jones Dome. The left knee injury ended his season.

Bush’s lawsuit contended the injury undermined the rest of his career. He retired in 2017.

Browns to receive Texans’ third-rounder in Johnson trade

Browns to receive Texans' third-rounder in Johnson trade

Browns to receive Texans’ third-rounder in Johnson trade

With Houston running back Duke Johnson active for his 10th game of the season Sunday, the Cleveland Browns will receive the Texans’ third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Browns traded Johnson to the Texans on Aug. 9. They would have received Houston’s fourth-round pick if Johnson had been active in fewer than 10 games.

Entering Sunday’s game at Baltimore, Johnson had rushed 54 times for 287 yards and a touchdown and added 22 receptions for 228 yards and two scores.

Johnson, 26, gained 3,456 yards from scrimmage and scored 13 touchdowns in 64 games (10 starts) with the Browns from 2015-18.

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Report: Docs say Stafford has a ‘6-week injury’

Report: Docs say Stafford has a '6-week injury'

Matthew Stafford's doctors told the Detroit Lions quarterback

Report: Docs say Stafford has a ‘6-week injury’

Matthew Stafford’s doctors told the Detroit Lions quarterback that the broken bones in his back are a “six-week injury,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

“This doesn’t mean Stafford will be sidelined six games, but it does provide a glimpse into the severity of the injury that he has played through,” Schefter wrote.

Stafford is missing his second straight game Sunday against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. The Lions have not provided a timetable for his return.

Before sitting out last week’s game in Chicago, Stafford had started 136 consecutive games — the sixth-longest streak for a quarterback in NFL history.

Backup Jeff Driskel started against the Bears and was back under center Sunday against the Cowboys.

The 31-year-old Stafford has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games this season.

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Report: NFL will rule on appeals by Wednesday

Report: NFL will rule on appeals by Wednesday

Report: NFL will rule on appeals by Wednesday

The NFL is expected to rule by Wednesday on any appeals related to the suspensions handed out in the wake of Thursday’s brawl between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The NFL’s Derrick Brooks and James Thrash will hear the cases early this week and reportedly intend to make their rulings before the teams’ respective Week 12 games.

Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay for his role in the melee. The minimum six-game suspension for Garrett, which would extend to the playoffs if the Browns advance, is the largest ever handed out by the NFL for a single-game incident.

In Garrett’s appeal, he is expected to argue that the NFL’s labor deal does not allow for indefinite suspensions for an on-field act.

Also suspended for their role in the fracas, notable for Garrett swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, was Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (one game and a fine) and Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (three games and a fine.)

The Browns and Steelers organizations also were fined $250,000 each.

The NFL is also expected to make good on its statement that further discipline to players “will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area.”

According to Schefter, about 10 players will be fined for leaving the sideline to join the skirmish.

Also, Rudolph is expected to be fined $35,096 for his role in the fight.

The previous record suspension was five games in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans’ Albert Haynesworth after he stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys’ Andre Gurode and caused lacerations that required 30 stitches.

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Kaepernick ‘ready to play’ after working out for 8 teams

Kaepernick 'ready to play' after working out for 8 teams

Kaepernick ‘ready to play’ after working out for 8 teams

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out for 40 minutes in front of representatives from eight NFL teams on Saturday near Atlanta, then gave a short statement afterward saying he is ready to join a team and play at any time.

“I’ve been ready for three years,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here: Showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.

“We’re out here. We’re ready to play. We’re ready to go anywhere. My agent, Jeff Nalley, is ready to talk any team. I’ll interview with any team at any time. I’ve been ready.”

The number of teams represented was about a third of the expectation, after Kaepernick changed the time and location of the workout earlier Saturday and opened it up to the media against the NFL’s wishes.

Backed by his representatives, Kaepernick changed the time of the 3 p.m. ET workout, which was moved to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., about 60 miles from the Atlanta Falcons’ training complex in Flowery Branch, where the session for 25 teams was originally scheduled to take place.

Apparently, the change in venue didn’t affect Kaepernick’s performance. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that an NFL executive at the session told him Kaepernick’s arm is “elite” and that he threw the ball well. Kaepernick worked with several free agent wide receivers, including Bruce Ellington and Brice Butler, and friend and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid was there to support him for a portion of it.

Prior to the showcase, Kaepernicks’s representatives expressed that they had issues with a liability waiver the league provided the QB to sign, and wanted members of the media to be able to see the workout and also videotape it.

“Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency in what went on,” Kaepernick said afterward. “We weren’t getting that elsewhere, so we came out here. It’s important that y’all (the media) are here.”

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, were set to direct the original session, but they did not once Kaepernick’s plans changed.

After the change of plans, the NFL released a statement that read in part:

“We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30 p.m. today along with the public. …

“Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants — an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. …

“We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.”

The lengthy statement ended with, “Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”

Nalley also spoke to reporters afterward, but he wasn’t optimistic about the odds of a team signing his client.

“I hope so, but I don’t know,” Nalley said. “I’ll be honest, I’m a little bit pessimistic because I’ve talked to all 32 teams. I’ve reached out to them recently and none of them have had any interest.

“I’ll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout. And, I’ve got to tell you what, I’ve got to hand it to Colin. He stepped up, showed his in shape. I talked to the NFL people out here today. They said his arm talent is elite, that it’s the same as when he came out of college. I even asked them if you want to get him on a scale, see what he weighs — they said, ‘We don’t need to. He looks ripped. He looks in great shape.'”

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

The 32-year-old has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens.

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English fires 64, takes 1-shot lead after 36 holes at Mayakoba

English fires 64, takes 1-shot lead after 36 holes at Mayakoba

English fires 64, takes 1-shot lead after 36 holes at Mayakoba

Harris English shot a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

English, who won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2014, made birdies on his final two holes that included a chip shot into the cup at No. 18. Bidding to become the tourney’s first repeat winner, English has a 36-hole total of 13-under 129 and is seeking his third victory on the PGA Tour.

“I think I missed two greens today,” English said after his chip-in birdie. “And if you do that every day out here, you’re going to take it deep.”

One stroke back is fellow American Vaughn Taylor (66 on Saturday), who is followed by Brendon Todd (68) at 11 under and three players, Robby Shelton (66), Adam Long (69) and first-round leader Danny Lee (70) of New Zealand, at 10 under.

“I’m ready to keep going and go to one (tee) right now and start it up,” said Long, who made birdies on his last five holes.

The cut from a field of 132 players that included one amateur was made at 1-under 141.

After rain and thunderstorms wiped out Thursday’s opening round, the final two rounds will be played Sunday, with threesomes teeing off from Nos. 1 and 10. A Monday finish, resuming at 7:30 a.m. ET, is an option if play isn’t completed on Sunday.

The last Monday finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic was in 2015, when Graeme McDowell defeated Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in a playoff.

English, 30, started his bogey-free round quickly, making three straight birdies on Nos. 2-4.

“It’s been a lot of ball-striking,” English told PGATour.com of his recent resurgence. “Starting at the Greenbrier this year, I think I was top 10 in greens in regulation and that’s been a huge stat.

“That’s what I did really well my first couple years on tour and haven’t done so well in that the past couple seasons. But really worked with my coach, Justin Parsons, back home in Sea Island and really just doing what I did back in college and my first couple years on tour.”

Taylor, 43, playing in the tournament for the seventh time, made six birdies and one bogey in his quest for a fourth PGA tour title. Todd, 34, the winner of the Bermuda Championship, shot in the 60s for his seventh straight time.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar, shot 68 on Saturday and is tied for 23th at 5 under. After winning last year, Kuchar found himself embroiled in controversy for paying his Mexican fill-in caddie what was generally considered a paltry sum. The veteran later upped his payment to the caddie.

The Mayakoba Golf Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event this year, with the final tournament next week at Sea Island on the Georgia coast.

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Kaepernick’s sudden change of plans makes NFL scramble

Kaepernick’s sudden change of plans makes NFL scramble

Kaepernick’s sudden change of plans makes NFL scramble

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick had NFL teams scrambling again Saturday when he changed the time and location of his workout and opened it up to the media without getting the league’s OK.

Backed by his representatives, Kaepernick changed the time of the 3 p.m. ET workout, which was moved to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., some 60 miles from the Atlanta Falcons’ training complex in Flowery Branch, where the session for 25 teams was originally scheduled to take place.

Apparently, the change in venue didn’t affect Kaepernick’s performance. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that an NFL executive at the session told him Kaepernick’s arm is “elite” and that he threw the ball well.

Prior to the showcase, Kaepernicks’s representatives expressed that they had issues with a liability waiver the league provided the QB to sign, and wanted members of the media to be able to see the workout and also videotape it.

On behalf of Kaepernick, representatives Ben Meiselas and Jeff Nalley issued an official statement to provide reasons for their decision:

“Because of recent decisions made by the NFL, the workout for Colin Kaepernick will be changing to an alternate location in Atlanta which will now start at 4 p.m. All representatives from clubs are invited to attend and will be provided the location. Further, all media will be invited to attend and upon request will be provided with the location. From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one. Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives. Additionally, Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency. The NFL denied this request. Based on the prior conduct by the NFL league office, Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs today.”

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, were set to direct the original session.

The NFL on Saturday also released a statement that read in part:

“We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30 p.m. today along with the public. …

“Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants — an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. …

“We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.”

The lengthy statement ended with, “Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

Kaepernick, 32, has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick passed for 302 yards and one touchdown in that game.

The Nevada product, who was a second-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2011, has passed for 12,271 yards in his career with 72 TDs and 30 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 more TDs.

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Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve

Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve

New York Jets center Ryan

Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve

New York Jets center Ryan Kalil was placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Kalil, who is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was lured out of retirement with a one-year, $8.4 million contract in the offseason.

The 34-year-old Kalil started seven games this season before sustaining a knee injury during New York’s 29-15 loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 27. He missed the next two games before making his way back to practice this week, although the return was short-lived.

The Jets activated offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from the practice squad to replace Kalil, who spent his first 12 seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Koloamatangi was signed to the Jets’ practice squad on Oct. 30.

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Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension

Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension

Miami

Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns signed a two-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season, the team announced Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, however ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the deal is worth $8 million and includes $3.27 million in guaranteed money.

Hurns, who grew up in Miami and played for the hometown Hurricanes in college, has recorded 13 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown in eight games this season.

The 28-year-old spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys. Hurns caught 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games before sustaining a dislocated left ankle and broken fibula in the NFC wild-card game against Seattle on Jan. 5.

Hurns played his first four seasons in Jacksonville (2014-17). His best year with the Jaguars came in 2015 with 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns, all career bests.

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Prescott looks to guide Cowboys past Lions

Prescott looks to guide Cowboys past Lions

The Dallas Cowboys have become

Prescott looks to guide Cowboys past Lions

The Dallas Cowboys have become increasingly reliant on the right arm of Dak Prescott, and for good reason.

Prescott is completing his throws at a career-high 68.3-percent rate. He’s averaging 308.6 yards per game and has already thrown for 18 touchdowns, five shy of his career best for a season.

The Detroit Lions also have an accomplished quarterback having a career season in Matthew Stafford, but he has been ruled out with a back injury for Sunday’s contest against the visiting Cowboys. Stafford’s streak of 136 consecutive starts ended when he sat out a 20-13 loss at Chicago last weekend due to broken bones in his back.

The Cowboys (5-4) also lost on Sunday, falling to Minnesota 28-24 despite a big game from Prescott, who passed for 397 yards and three touchdowns. It was his second consecutive three-touchdown performance.

Prescott has completed 40 passes that have gone for 20 or more yards.

“He’s playing with conviction and confidence,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We’re calling some of those things, trying to give those guys an opportunity to win down the field. Protection has been really good, allowing those routes to develop down the field and for Dak to see them. All of that contributes to it, and those big plays matter.”

Lions coach Matt Patricia has noticed on film that Prescott has also become a smarter quarterback.

“He’s doing a great job at the line of scrimmage,” Patricia said. “He’s changing plays, he’s making audibles, he’s making adjustments based on what he’s seeing from the defense. His post-snap read of a coverage is a lot better. He’s doing a really good job of deciphering some of those looks he’s getting and really taking advantage of the skill players he has out there.”

Top target Amari Cooper sliced through the Minnesota secondary for 11 catches, 147 yards and a touchdown. But the Cowboys didn’t have good balance, as Ezekiel Elliott was held to 47 yards on 20 carries, snapping a streak of three straight 100-yard games. Elliott, who received a record contract extension just prior to the season opener, is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and has scored six touchdowns.

Detroit’s offense can be dynamic when its top players are healthy, but that’s not the case. Not only is Stafford injured, but top running back Kerryon Johnson is on injured reserve with a knee injury. Ty Johnson was injured against the Bears, however he was cleared from concussion protocol on Saturday.

Jeff Driskel started in place of Stafford in Chicago and passed for 269 yards and a 47-yard touchdown to Kenny Golladay. Driskel was also intercepted once, sacked twice and scrambled for 37 yards.

“I was really pleased with Jeff and the way he played in the game,” Patricia said.

Golladay has made the most of his 38 receptions, averaging 18.3 yards per catch while scoring eight touchdowns.

“He makes a lot of plays down the field,” Garrett said. “He’s big, he’s athletic, he’s talented, and he’s very good at going up and getting the football.”

The Lions (3-5-1) have lost five of their last six games, with all but one decided by seven points or fewer.

“These games have all been really competitive, really tough mentally and physically,” Patricia said. “Our guys are doing a great job of grinding all the way through that. There are a lot of situations where we’ve seen teams in the past that just mentally can’t do that every single week. Each game is coming down to maybe one or two plays.”

For the Cowboys, the offensive line is banged up. Right tackle La’el Collins (knee, back) was limited in Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable to face Detroit. Offensive guard Connor Williams underwent minor knee surgery and won’t play Sunday.

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Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee ‘falls squarely’ on Kitchens

Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee 'falls squarely' on Kitchens

Former Cleveland

Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee ‘falls squarely’ on Kitchens

Former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley pointed the finger at the team’s current head coach Freddie Kitchens for the late-game melee that marred Thursday’s contest.

Haley told SiriusXM Radio on Friday that Kitchens’ leadership is to blame following an ugly incident in which Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay after he ripped the helmet off Mason Rudolph before hitting the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the head with it.

Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game for shoving Rudolph in the back.

“This to me, this comes back to coaching,” the 52-year-old Haley said. “This falls squarely right on the head coach. Because the head coach talks to every assistant coach, who then talk to their groups of players. And there’s an old saying in coaching: ‘You’re either coaching it or you’re allowing it to happen.'”

Haley dismissed the notion that Thursday’s fireworks were an isolated incident.

“If you’re not coaching it, you’re allowing it to happen, and when I watch the Cleveland Browns, I see a lot of stuff being allowed to happen, whether it’s clown shoes, visors, whatever it may be,” Haley said. “Myles Garrett hitting the quarterback low, hitting the quarterback in the head, it’s happening too much.”

While Cleveland leads the NFL in penalties with 87 this season, it should also be noted that Haley has a history with the organization.

Haley was fired as the Browns offensive coordinator in October 2018 after less than one year at the position. Kitchens took over the role before being promoted to head coach after the season.

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Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol

Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol

Detroit

Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol

Detroit Lions rookie running back Ty Johnson has cleared concussion protocol and is eligible to play in Sunday’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Johnson sustained a concussion during Detroit’s 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He has been removed from the injury report after initially being listed as questionable following his participation in practice on Thursday and Friday.

The 22-year-old Johnson, who has 44 carries for 153 yards this season, was elevated to the role of starter after running back Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve last month.

Johnson also has 13 receptions for 58 yards for the Lions (3-5-1), who could also lean on running backs J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins behind backup quarterback Jeff Driskel.

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Chargers’ Rivers to evaluate playing future after season

Chargers' Rivers to evaluate playing future after season

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Chargers’ Rivers to evaluate playing future after season

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said he plans to address his playing future … in the future.

Rivers is in the final season of his four-year, $83.25 million contract extension that he signed in August 2015. Rivers said earlier this week that plans to take some time after the season to evaluate his physical and mental health before addressing whether he’ll continue his NFL career.

Rivers, who will turn 38 on Dec. 8, previously noted that he wants to be playing in 2020 when the Chargers move into the new SoFi Stadium they will share with the Rams in Inglewood, Calif.

“I think that is my desire,” Rivers said, per ESPN. “But I do think that it only seems right to say, ‘All right, let’s take a deep breath and regroup.’ I kept saying, a couple years, a couple years or a handful, and then I went to the ‘one year at a time.’ And I think that’s where it is, and that only makes sense when your contract is up and you’re going to be 38 here in a few weeks.

“So I’m just going to have kind of a self and family evaluation of it all, and also know that it’s not solely my decision. … But my intention certainly is to be playing in 2020.”

Rivers, who was selected to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time last season, entered play this week leading the NFL in completions (240), attempts (364) and passing yards (2,816). He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games this season for the Chargers (4-6), who “host” the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) on Monday in Mexico City.

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Lee fires first-round 62 to grab Mayakoba lead

Lee fires first-round 62 to grab Mayakoba lead

Lee fires first-round 62 to grab Mayakoba lead

New Zealand’s Danny Lee shot a 9-under par 62 on Friday to hold sole possession of the lead after one round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Lee, 29, was 7 under on the front nine. He played Nos. 4-8 in 6 under, with an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole. That streak is the longest birdie-eagle streak in the tournament’s 13-year history.

“I changed my swing a little bit to gain distance off the tee and I really feel this new swing is grooven into my body,” Lee told PGATour.com after the round. “I feel very comfortable with all my clubs, even my wedges. It’s been showing me at of good results.”

Brendon Todd and Adam Long are tied for second one shot back.

Fellow Americans Vaughn Taylor, Mark Hubbard, Zach Johnson and Chris Baker were tied for fourth at 7 under.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar was tied for 44th at 2-under par. After winning last year, Kuchar found himself embroiled in controversy for paying his Mexican fill-in caddie what was generally considered a paltry sum. The veteran later upped his payment to the caddie.

Cameron Tringale (2 under) and rookie Chase Seiffert (3 under), playing in back-to-back groups, each fired a hole in one at the 112-yard, par-3 fourth. Golfweek reported the last time aces were made in consecutive groups occurred in the 2004 Masters final round by Padraig Harrington and Kirk Triplett at the 16th hole.

Lee, runner-up in the Mayakoba tournament last year and tied for third in 2015, was one shot off the course record of 10-under 61 held by Roland Thatcher. According to the PGA Tour, Lee has shot 29 on the front nine twice in 18 career rounds at El Camaleon and has never broken 30 anywhere else in 666 rounds.

The first round was played under preferred lies due to heavy rain the previous few days. Thursday’s round was postponed and play Friday was delayed 30 minutes while the course was being prepared.

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49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game

49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game

San

49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game

San Francisco 49ers standout tight end George Kittle was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report and could miss his second straight game due to knee and ankle injuries.

Kittle might end up being a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals after he missed Monday night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks due to the ailments. He didn’t practice this week.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said he has seen improvement from Kittle over the past few days.

“He’s definitely better this week than he was last week. We’ll see how these next two days go,” Shanahan told reporters on Friday. “We’ve got him doubtful because we’d rather not. I want him to be healthy throughout this year. We’ll see what happens with the other guys.

“Kittle won’t allow us to ever rule him out until it’s right at game time because he’s done some pretty amazing things here in the last couple of years.”

Kittle leads the 49ers (8-1) with 46 receptions and 541 yards — and he isn’t the only target who is ailing.

Recently acquired receiver Emmanuel Sanders is dealing with a rib injury that he suffered on Monday and also didn’t practice all week.

“Yeah, it looks like he’s walking around better, sitting in the meetings better,” Shanahan said of Sanders.

Sanders has caught 13 passes for 161 yards in three games since being acquired from the Denver Broncos. His two touchdown catches with San Francisco ties for the team lead.

The 49ers ruled out offensive tackle Joe Staley (finger) and defensive tackle D.J. Jones (groin). Staley fractured and dislocated a finger during Monday’s game and had surgery and will miss at least the next two games.

Running back Matt Breida (ankle) and kicker Robbie Gould (right quadriceps) are listed as doubtful.

Others who are questionable are linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), running back Raheem Mostert (knee), receiver Dante Pettis (back) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadriceps).

Tevin Coleman, who has rushed for 395 yards and five touchdowns, is being prepared to be the main ball carrier with Breida (542) and Mostert (335) banged up.

Rookie Chase McLaughlin appears in line to be the kicker. He missed a 47-yard field goal in overtime that would have kept San Francisco undefeated before Seattle later won the game on its own field goal.

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Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout

Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout

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Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout

More than 24 NFL teams plan to attend Colin Kaepernick’s open workout in Atlanta on Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility. Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, will direct the session.

The league earlier had announced that 11 teams — Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay, and Washington — confirmed they will attend in some capacity.

NFL Network reported teams have until Saturday to submit names of people attending. Multiple outlets reported the league will not provide Kaepernick with a list of names of those attending, despite the belief the NFL had agreed to do so.

A video of the workout, along with an interview, will be prepared and sent to every head coach and general manager in the league.

NFL Network reported the receivers at the workout will be provided by the National Football Scouting Service, which is putting on the event and runs the NFL Scouting Combine each year. The receivers are expected to be mostly players who were on teams during the preseason.

Kaepernick, 32, has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick passed for 302 yards and one touchdown in that game.

The Nevada product, who was a second-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2011, has passed for 12,271 yards in his career with 72 TDs and 30 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 more TDs.

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Eagles RB Sproles out for season, Ajayi signed

Eagles RB Sproles out for season, Ajayi signed

Eagles RB Sproles out for season, Ajayi signed

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is out for the rest of the season due to a torn right hip flexor, the team announced Friday.

The Eagles signed Jay Ajayi later in the day. Ajayi gained 592 yards with four touchdowns in 11 games over the past 1 1/2 seasons with the Eagles. He has 2,516 yards and 13 career rushing TDs over four seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Eagles.

“It’s a blessing to be back in the NFL and with this team, said Ajayi, who recently had tryouts with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. “Philly is a special place for me, and to come back here is wonderful. I’m looking forward to Sunday (against the New England Patriots) and seeing what that brings.”

Ajayi suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Oct. 7, 2018 and has been working to come back from the serious injury.

As for Sproles, the 36-year-old originally suffered the hip injury in a 31-6 win over the New York Jets on Oct. 6.

He missed the next three games, but returned and had three offensive touches in a 22-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 3. Sproles didn’t report any problems after that game and returned to practice the following week, but reported the injury after Wednesday’s session.

Sproles finishes the season with 17 carries for 66 yards and six receptions for 24 yards in six games this season.

Playing in his 15th season, Sproles is now fifth all-time in career all-purpose yards with 19,696.

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Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

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Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

The Cincinnati Bengals placed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve on Friday due to the knee injury he suffered in Week 6.

The club had held out hope Kirkpatrick could return this season but the move ends the 30-year-old’s season.

“It’s been hard to predict when he doesn’t feel ready to come back in these next couple of weeks,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters after Friday’s practice. “So I felt it was in everybody’s best interest to give him time to heal. It’s tough when you’ve got guys that you’re not quite sure what the long-term diagnosis is going to be and they keep taking a spot. We just felt like it was the best decision and it gives him a chance to get healthy.”

Kirkpatrick hyperextended his left knee against the Baltimore Ravens in the Week 6 contest.

Kirkpatrick had 33 tackles in six games. He has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with Cincinnati and has 10 career interceptions with 306 tackles.

Cincinnati also activated receiver Damion Willis and linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad.

Willis had nine catches for 82 yards in seven games (two starts) for the Bengals earlier this season. Nickerson made 71 tackles in 30 games (nine starts) with the club over the previous two seasons and was waived at the end of the preseason and re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3.

Cincinnati had an open roster spot after releasing linebacker Preston Brown earlier this week.

Also, the Bengals declared receiver A.J. Green (ankle), guard Alex Redmond (knee/ankle) and tight end Drew Sample (ankle) as out for Sunday’s road game against the Oakland Raiders. Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, has yet to play this season.

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (ankle) and offensive tackle Bobby Hart (shoulder) are questionable.

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Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out

Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out

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Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out

Jacoby Brissett will be back at quarterback on Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Jacoby was full go the whole week,” coach Frank Reich told reporters on Friday. “He looked good, so he’ll be our starter.”

Brissett sprained his left knee in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 3. He sat out last Sunday’s game, a four-point loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Reich said he couldn’t estimate how near the quarterback was to 100 percent recovered.

“He’s looked really good. I really don’t want to put a percentage on it. I know he’s good enough to play,” Reich said.

On the season, the 26-year-old Brissett has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,649 yards in eight starts. He’s thrown 14 touchdowns and been intercepted three times.

Reich also announced that No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton will miss the game with a calf injury. He last played on Oct. 27 in a win against Denver.

Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has 32 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns in 2019.

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Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban

Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban

Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway must serve a 10-game suspension after losing his appeal, according to multiple reports published on Friday.

Callaway’s suspension was for his second violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, which he and his agent attributed to a tainted CBD product.

The Browns waived Callaway on Thursday, four days after he was benched, and shortly before NFL Network reported his suspension.

Callaway was a late scratch for the Browns’ 19-16 home victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for what multiple outlets reported was a late arrival to the game.

Callaway, 22, was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, after the Browns traded up to get him. Most considered him a first-round talent, but legal issues and his dismissal from the team at Florida damaged his draft status.

In August 2018, four months after he was drafted, Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, charges that were dropped in February.

Callaway played in all 16 games as a rookie and totaled 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts as a rookie). But he was suspended four games under the substance-abuse policy — stemming from the 2018 citation — to start this season.

In four games (two starts) since the suspension, he had only eight catches for 89 yards.

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Browns’ Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined

Browns' Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined

Browns’ Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay for his role in a melee in Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the NFL reacted with swift and harsh penalties one day after the ugly incident.

The minimum six-game suspension for Garrett, which would include the playoffs if the Browns advance, is the largest ever handed out by the NFL.

Also suspended for their role in the fracas, notable for Garrett swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, was Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (one game and a fine) and Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (three games and a fine.)

The Browns and Steelers organizations also were fined $250,000 each.

The incident started after Rudolph dumped off a short pass. After getting knocked down, Rudolph appeared to grab at Garrett’s helmet before Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and, with Steelers’ offensive linemen attempting to intervene, hit the quarterback in the head with it.

“It was bush league,” Rudolph, who was uninjured, told reporters afterward. “Total coward move on his part. I get it. I mean it’s OK, though. I’ll take it. I’m not going to back down from any bully out there.”

Rudolph did not initially fall from the hit by the helmet, as he turned to officials with his hands raised, but Ogunjobi charged at him from behind and shoved him to the ground.

Meanwhile, Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro tackled Garrett, and Pouncey jumped on the pile, throwing several punches at Garrett before kicking at him once and throwing more punches.

After conferring with replay officials in New York, referee Clete Blakeman ejected Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey. That made four ejections in the game, after Browns safety Damarious Randall was disqualified following a helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson in the third quarter.

Before Garrett can be reinstated, he has to first meet with the commissioner’s office in New York. In addition to not being paid for the games he will miss, he was also fined an additional undisclosed amount.

In a statement, the NFL said that further discipline to players “will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area.”

The suspensions can be appealed within three business days.

The previous record suspension was five games in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans’ Albert Haynesworth after he stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys’ Andre Gurode and caused lacerations that required 30 stitches.

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