Reports: Woods sued over bartender’s drunk-driving death

Reports: Woods sued over bartender’s drunk-driving death

Tiger Woods is facing a lawsuit from the family of a bartender who worked at one of his restaurants following the staffer’s death in a drunk-driving accident, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The parents of Nicholas Immesberger allege that their son, whom they allege had a “habitual problem” with alcohol, had been overserved after he stayed and had drinks following a work shift at The Woods, a restaurant in Jupiter, Fla., owned by the 15-time major champion and run by Woods’ girlfriend, Erica Harmon.

After ending his shift on Dec. 10, 2018, Immesberger allegedly stuck around and drank to the point of intoxication before the 24-year-old was allowed to drive home. He later died after losing control of his car and swerved across three lanes of highway traffic before going airborne and landing in a grassy patch, according to Florida Highway Patrol, per the Palm Beach Post.

At the time of the crash, Immesberger’s reported blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit at .256.

The lawsuit alleges that Woods “was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management … were not over serving its employees/customers.”

Woods, 43, has not publicly commented about the incident or the suit filed in Palm Beach County. Woods is scheduled to play this weekend in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, his first tournament since winning his fifth Masters title in April.

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Report: Doctors to decide Roethlisberger’s fate

Report: Doctors to decide Roethlisberger's fate

Doctors will determine

Report: Doctors to decide Roethlisberger’s fate

Doctors will determine Monday whether Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger requires surgery on his right elbow, which would almost certainly end his season just two weeks into the 2019 campaign, ESPN reported.

Roethlisberger left Sunday’s game in the second quarter, grabbing his right elbow after attempting a pass before halftime.

The Steelers lost 28-26 at home to the Seattle Seahawks and are 0-2 to start the season for only the second time in Roethlisberger’s 16-year career.

Mason Rudolph entered the game with Roethlisberger hurt and completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Rudolph would become the starter if Roethlisberger opts for surgery.

However, the 37-year-old Roethlisberger is hoping to avoid the scalpel and play with the elbow injury, which could be managed with treatment in some cases.

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Steelers QB Roethlisberger done for 2019 season

Steelers QB Roethlisberger done for 2019 season

Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers QB Roethlisberger done for 2019 season

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out of the season and will undergo surgery on his right elbow.

“Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required. We expect the surgery will be scheduled for this week. He will be placed on our Reserve/Injured List and is out for the season,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement released by the team Monday.

Roethlisberger left Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter, grabbing his right elbow after attempting a pass before halftime. Starting running back James Conner was also injured and is scheduled for more tests on his knee Monday.

The Steelers lost 28-26 at home to the Seahawks and are 0-2 to start the season for only the second time in Roethlisberger’s 16-year career.

Mason Rudolph entered the game with Roethlisberger hurt and completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Rudolph becomes the starter for the Steelers, who play the San Francisco 49ers this week.

“I am completely confident in myself, being a leader of a team, and playing games,” Rudolph said Sunday. “That’s what it all comes down to. … I’m ready to roll.”

The 37-year-old Roethlisberger had been hoping to avoid the scalpel and play with the elbow injury, which could be managed with treatment in some cases.

Roethlisberger signed a two-year contract extension in the offseason but has previously hinted at retirement. Depending on the nature of the surgery, Roethlisberger could need more than one year to rehab from the injury.

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Report: Patriots LT Wynn to have MRI on toe

Report: Patriots LT Wynn to have MRI on toe

Report: Patriots LT Wynn to have MRI on toe

New England Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn will have an MRI for a toe injury suffered during Sunday’s shutout of the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Monday.

Wynn left the 43-0 victory after playing just 11 snaps and did not return.

“The severity is not yet clear, but if it’s turf toe it can linger,” Rapoport tweeted.

Wynn, 22, was the Patriots’ first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2018 out of Georgia. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles during the preseason.

Marshall Newhouse moved from right tackle to left tackle after the injury Sunday. Korey Cunningham, acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals just before the season, took Newhouse’s spot on the right side.

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Browns promote RB McGuire from practice squad

Browns promote RB McGuire from practice squad

Browns promote RB McGuire from practice squad

The short-handed Cleveland Browns promoted former New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire from the practice squad ahead of Monday night’s game against his former team, NFL Network reported.

The Jets’ sixth-round pick in 2017, McGuire rushed for 591 yards and four touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 370 yards and two scores in 24 games (five starts) with New York in 2017-18.

Cleveland signed the 25-year-old to the practice squad on Sept. 2.

Backup running back Dontrell Hilliard is unavailable for Monday’s game due to a concussion, leaving only D’Ernest Johnson behind second-year starter Nick Chubb.

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Bhatia, 17, to make pro debut at Sanderson Farms

Bhatia, 17, to make pro debut at Sanderson Farms

Bhatia, 17, to make pro debut at Sanderson Farms

Seventeen-year-old Akshay Bhatia will make his pro debut at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss.

A native of Northridge, Calif., who resides in Wake Forest, N.C., Bhatia is currently No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Bhatia, who decided to skip college, made the announcement Monday on Instagram.

“That feeling when the time has officially come,” he posted. “A special thanks to everyone on my team that has helped me get here this week, especially my family for supporting me all the way. Let’s do this!”

Bhatia, who turns 18 on Jan. 31, helped the U.S. team defeat Great Britain and Ireland at the Walker Cup earlier this month.

He made his first PGA Tour appearance as an amateur at the Valspar Championship in March but missed the cut. Bhatia also tied for 42nd at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour in April.

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Report: Eagles DT Jernigan has broken foot

Report: Eagles DT Jernigan has broken foot

A week after Philadelphia

Report: Eagles DT Jernigan has broken foot

A week after Philadelphia lost defensive tackle Malik Jackson for the season to a foot injury, the Eagles may have lost defensive tackle Tim Jernigan for a significant amount of time with a foot injury.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Jernigan could miss “roughly a month,” while Pro Football Talk characterized the injury as a broken foot and said he could be out for the year.

Jernigan took over for Jackson and tallied a sack in the season-opening win against Washington. He was injured during Sunday’s loss at Atlanta and taken for X-rays.

Jernigan, who turns 27 on Sept. 24, has 16.5 career sacks in 64 games with the Baltimore Ravens (2014-16) and Eagles (2017-19).

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Report: Chiefs RB McCoy (ankle) to have MRI

Report: Chiefs RB McCoy (ankle) to have MRI

Report: Chiefs RB McCoy (ankle) to have MRI

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy will have an MRI on his ankle Monday, per NFL Network.

The 31-year-old veteran suffered the injury late in Kansas City’s 28-10 victory Sunday at Oakland.

McCoy was ineffective against the Raiders, rushing 11 times for 23 yards and catching three passes for no gain.

The Chiefs signed the six-time Pro Bowl selection to a one-year, $4 million deal on Sept. 1 after he was released by the Buffalo Bills.

McCoy rushed 10 times for 81 yards and caught a 12-yard pass during the season-opening 40-26 victory at Jacksonville.

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Saints’ Brees needs surgery, could miss 6 weeks

Saints' Brees needs surgery, could miss 6 weeks

Saints’ Brees needs surgery, could miss 6 weeks

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will undergo surgery to repair the ligament in his right thumb and could miss six weeks, NFL Network reported Monday.

Teddy Bridgewater will step into the starting role this weekend at Seattle.

Brees said Sunday night he was seeing a hand specialist in Los Angeles after getting knocked out of the team’s loss to the Rams in the first quarter with the injury.

“Yeah, I am concerned,” said Brees, who wore a brace on the thumb postgame. “I’m hoping it’s not too significant.”

Brees said he had X-rays but at the time claimed not to know if it was a bone or ligament issue.

“I’m hoping for the best and just preparing for whatever the next steps might be,” he said.

Brees hit his right hand on Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s right hand while following through on an incomplete pass to Jared Cook on third-and-8 midway through the quarter. He was seen struggling to pick up a ball, and then had the thumb taped.

“Right away, when he attempted to throw, he was having pain with it. It wasn’t anything elaborate,” coach Sean Payton said in his postgame press conference. “We’ll give you an update when the time comes right.”

Bridgewater entered with 3:29 remaining in the first quarter. He went 17 of 30 for 165 yards as the Saints fell 27-9.

Bridgewater, 26, has started 29 regular-season NFL games, including all 16 in 2015 when he made the Pro Bowl and guided the Minnesota Vikings to an 11-5 record.

Brees opened the game 3 of 5 for 38 yards and an interception before leaving. He came out of the locker room after halftime with the tape off of his hand and with a helmet on, but did not enter and then was re-taped.

The 40-year-old has missed just one game due to injury since joining the Saints in 2006, which came in 2015 due to a shoulder issue. He has missed just two other contests of a possible 210 with the Saints, both while resting in Week 17 with the team’s playoff position secure.

The league’s all-time leading passer needs 155 yards to become the first in NFL history to pass for 75,000 yards.

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Saints’ Brees dealing with right thumb ligament injury

Saints' Brees dealing with right thumb ligament injury

Saints’ Brees dealing with right thumb ligament injury

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has an injured ligament in his right thumb, which could force him to miss multiple games, NFL Network reported Monday.

Brees said Sunday night he was seeing a hand specialist in Los Angeles after getting knocked out of the team’s loss to the Rams in the first quarter with the injury.

“Yeah, I am concerned,” said Brees, who wore a brace on the thumb postgame. “I’m hoping it’s not too significant.”

Brees said he had X-rays but at the time claimed not to know if it was a bone or ligament issue.

“I’m hoping for the best and just preparing for whatever the next steps might be,” he said.

Brees hit his right hand on Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s right hand while following through on an incomplete pass to Jared Cook on third-and-8 midway through the quarter. He was seen struggling to pick up a ball, and then had the thumb taped.

“Right away, when he attempted to throw, he was having pain with it. It wasn’t anything elaborate,” coach Sean Payton said in his postgame press conference. “We’ll give you an update when the time comes right.”

Teddy Bridgewater entered with 3:29 remaining in the first quarter. He went 17 of 30 for 165 yards as the Saints fell 27-9.

Brees opened the game 3 of 5 for 38 yards and an interception before leaving. He came out of the locker room after halftime with the tape off of his hand and with a helmet on, but did not enter and then was re-taped.

The 40-year-old has missed just one game due to injury since joining the Saints in 2006, which came in 2015 due to a shoulder issue. He has missed just two other contests of a possible 210 with the Saints, both while resting in Week 17 with the team’s playoff position secure.

The league’s all-time leading passer needs 155 yards to become the first in NFL history to pass for 75,000 yards.

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Packers acquire LB Goodson from Giants

Packers acquire LB Goodson from Giants

The Green Bay Packers acquired

Packers acquire LB Goodson from Giants

The Green Bay Packers acquired fourth-year linebacker B.J. Goodson in a trade Tuesday with the New York Giants.

The compensation was not announced, but multiple outlets reported the sides swapped conditional seventh-round picks.

The Packers, who kick off the season Thursday night at Chicago, were thin at inside linebacker with Oren Burks sidelined by a torn pectoral muscle.

Goodson, a fourth-round pick by the Giants in 2016 out of Clemson, registered 116 tackles in 37 career games with New York.

Goodson, 26, started 13 of his 15 games and tallied 61 tackles, two interceptions and a half-sack in 2018.

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Bengals sign RB Bernard to 2-year extension

Bengals sign RB Bernard to 2-year extension

The Cincinnati Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard

Bengals sign RB Bernard to 2-year extension

The Cincinnati Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard to a two-year extension on Tuesday, putting him under contract through 2021.

The team did not announce contract figures, but NFL Network reports the total value of the deal is $10.3 million and includes a raise from $3.4 million to $5.9 million for 2019, plus a $600,000 guaranteed bonus due in March.

“He’s an invaluable player for us,” head coach Zac Taylor told the team’s website of Bernard. “We define what a Bengal is and he fits that description. He’s a physical and hungry accountable teammate that will do everything he can to help his teammates and that’s exactly what Gio has done for us.”

“It’s a blessing, number one, to be able to play for a long time and, number two, to be at the same place so long,” Bernard added.

Bernard, 27, has gained 5,389 yards from scrimmage and scored 27 touchdowns in 83 games since the Bengals picked him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He rushed for 211 yards and three scores and caught 35 passes for 218 yards in 12 games last season as the backup to starter Joe Mixon.

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Report: Bengals sign RB Bernard to 2-year extension

Report: Bengals sign RB Bernard to 2-year extension

The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a two-year

Report: Bengals sign RB Bernard to 2-year extension

The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a two-year extension for running back Giovani Bernard, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday.

The total value of the deal is $10.3 million and includes a raise from $3.4 million to $5.9 million for 2019, plus a $600,000 guaranteed bonus due in March, per the report. The extension would keep him under contract through 2021.

Bernard, 27, has gained 5,389 yards from scrimmage and scored 27 touchdowns in 83 games since the Bengals picked him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He rushed for 211 yards and three scores and caught 35 passes for 218 yards in 12 games last season as the backup to starter Joe Mixon.

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Agent: Cowboys, Elliott ‘very close’ to deal

Agent: Cowboys, Elliott 'very close' to deal

Agent: Cowboys, Elliott ‘very close’ to deal

Don’t scratch Ezekiel Elliott from the Dallas Cowboys’ starting lineup for Sunday against the New York Giants just yet.

Elliott and his agent, Rocky Arceneaux, left his holdout headquarters in Cabo San Lucas with the expectation that a contract extension with the Cowboys will be finalized before the Week 1 home game against the team’s NFC East rival.

Arceneaux told reporters at the DFW International Airport that a deal is “very close.”

“I think Zeke is showing he’s committed by coming back to Dallas,” Arceneaux said. “We didn’t come here not to do a deal. We’re talking. They’re committed and we’re committed. That’s why we are here.”

Initial chatter Tuesday indicated the sides were close to a deal for a $90 million, six-year extension that would tie Elliott to Dallas through 2026.

Elliott bolted for Mexico in July as the Cowboys boarded a team charter for Oxnard, Calif., site of their summertime training camp.

Elliott, 24, has two years remaining on his rookie contract and is scheduled to earn $3,853,000 in 2019 and $9,099,000 in 2020. The two-time NFL rushing champion is targeting a deal that would make him the highest-paid player at the position.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Dallas’ five-year contract extension with right tackle La’el Collins that was made official on Tuesday freed up almost $6 million in salary-cap space. Some of that could be earmarked for Elliott, although the Cowboys have a queue of skill-position talent waiting to be paid.

Quarterback Dak Prescott, who did not hold out, is reportedly chasing a contract worth $35 million or more per season.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper is in the final year of his deal, and the receiver market continues to escalate. Saints star Michael Thomas signed a five-year, $100 million deal in August, and Falcons All-Pro Julio Jones is in line to raise the bar higher in his ongoing negotiations with Atlanta.

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Report: Chargers give C Pouncey 1-year, $9M extension

Report: Chargers give C Pouncey 1-year, $9M extension

Report: Chargers give C Pouncey 1-year, $9M extension

The Los Angeles Chargers are signing Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey to a one-year, $9 million extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.

The ninth-year NFL veteran was entering the final year of two-year, $15 million contract signed in March 2018.

Pouncey, 30, started all 16 games and earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection in his first season with the Chargers in 2018. He played 954 of L.A.’s 995 offensive snaps.

Miami’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft, Pouncey started 93 games in seven seasons with the Dolphins.

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Chargers sign C Pouncey to one-year extension

Chargers sign C Pouncey to one-year extension

Chargers sign C Pouncey to one-year extension

The Los Angeles Chargers signed Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey to a one-year extension through 2020 on Tuesday.

He was entering the final year of two-year, $15 million contract signed in March 2018. Multiple outlets reported the value of the extension at $9 million.

Pouncey, 30, started all 16 games and earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection in his first season with the Chargers in 2018. He played 954 of L.A.’s 995 offensive snaps.

“From day one, Mike has been everything we thought he’d be and more,” general manager Tom Telesco said. “He’s an unquestioned leader, both in the locker room and on the field, who has earned the respect of teammates and coaches alike. His relentless work ethic — there have been times where we’ve had to fight to keep him off the practice field — and toughness are contagious. Mike’s dependability is invaluable, and we’re excited to have secured our Pro Bowl center through the 2020 season.”

Miami’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft, Pouncey started 93 games in seven seasons with the Dolphins.

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Jaguars, WR Pryor reach injury settlement

Jaguars, WR Pryor reach injury settlement

Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and the Jacksonville

Jaguars, WR Pryor reach injury settlement

Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and the Jacksonville Jaguars reached an injury settlement after he was released last week with a minor hamstring strain.

Pryor, according to NFL Network, is now considered healthy and as an unrestricted free agent will be open to sign with any team.

Pryor was placed on the reserve/injured list prior to being released on Aug. 30, making him eligible for an injury settlement.

The well-traveled wide receiver had 16 total receptions in eight games last season while playing for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

The former Ohio State quarterback had 1,007 receiving yards in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns.

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Bears ready for another round with Rodgers, Packers

Bears ready for another round with Rodgers, Packers

Bears ready for another round with Rodgers, Packers

By virtue of his dominance and a near resurrection in last season’s opener, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers might as well be a bleep word for Bears fans.

It was in the 2018 opener that Rodgers’ legend in the NFC North rivalry grew by quantum bounds. Down and out with a knee injury in the first half, Rodgers returned after halftime and rallied Green Bay from a 20-0 deficit to knock off Chicago 24-23. The Bears devoured Rodgers in the second meeting, recording five sacks and grabbing the 24-17 victory.

“They stuffed us pretty good,” Rodgers said.

But Rodgers is 16-5 in the all-time matchup with a passer rating over 100 and a 45-10 TD-to-INT ratio. Even if that history means very little in the opener of the NFL’s 100th season on Thursday at Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s safe to assume Rodgers will be ready for the primetime showdown. Wide receiver Davante Adams has seen the 35-year-old quarterback flip the switch to regular-season mode.

“I’ve definitely seen the switch,” Adams said. “I’ve seen the antennae up. It’s always a laser focus, but it heightens a little bit. From me being around here six years now, I can tell the difference. He’s ready to go.”

Green Bay unveils a new version of Rodgers — one in which he has full control of the offense at the line of scrimmage, a la Peyton Manning — under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. Rodgers and fired coach Mike McCarthy had a competitively contentious relationship, a major reason there’s a new man in charge with the Packers. Another reason? The Packers’ 6-9-1 record in 2018.

Rodgers did not play in the preseason, and he said the Bears and other early season opponents accustomed to the decidedly West Coast system McCarthy installed have no idea what’s coming from the Packers’ offense.

“When they play Green Bay, it’s not just what they’ve seen for years – which was tough to stop,” Rodgers said. “Now we’re throwing new things at them with personnel groupings and motions and alignments and movement and adjustments that they haven’t seen from us. I’m obviously really hopeful that we’re going to go out and play really well, but I do feel like this is just the beginning for this offense and there’ll be a lot of room to grow.”

The Bears, who finished the 2018 season at 12-4, are looking for growth out of their quarterback in 2019. Mitchell Trubisky, who had multiple opportunities in the fourth quarter to squash Rodgers’ rally last September, enters his third season in the NFL with a division title in his back pocket and expectations for more trophies in the near future.

“His confidence is really high right now,” Bears center Cody Whitehair said. “He sees the field a lot better being in Year Two. The 2.0 step he’s taken in the offense has really helped him.”

The Bears are heavily reliant on a defense that led the league in scoring, takeaways and stopping the run, and third in total yards. Offensive-minded head coach Matt Nagy had to bring in a new coordinator to replace current Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, and he found a veteran in former Ravens defensive coordinator and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.

Pagano is expecting a jump in production from recent first-round draft picks at linebacker in support of Khalil Mack, who had a forced fumble, interception and touchdown at Green Bay in his Bears debut last year.

Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was the team’s top performer in the offseason and second-year linebacker Roquan Smith is flashing undisputed star potential. He played only eight snaps at Lambeau Field last season.

“He’s a phenomenal football player,” Pagano said. “I feel like that kid has been around for a long, long time. He’s mature beyond his years, and he understands the game, and I think it’s really slowing down for him in a short of time that he’s been with his organization and played at this level. You know, everything you ask Roquan to do, physically he’s able to do it, whether it’s being a downhill inside linebacker, playing between the tackles.”

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Jets promote longtime exec Elhai to team president

Jets promote longtime exec Elhai to team president

The New York Jets promoted longtime

Jets promote longtime exec Elhai to team president

The New York Jets promoted longtime executive Hymie Elhai to team president Tuesday, four days after Neil Glat stepped down from the position to become a senior adviser.

Elhai, 43, is in his 20th year with the team, including the past five years as the senior vice president of business affairs and general counsel.

The promotion means the Jets enter the 2019 season with a new president, new head coach (Adam Gase) and new general manager (Joe Douglas).

Elhai will oversee the team’s business side and report to chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson. He also will work with Gase and Douglas “to integrate football and business operations,” according to a team statement.

The Jets also promoted Brian Friedman from senior vice president and chief financial officer to executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is in his 11th year with the organization.

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Report: Rams TE Higbee hospitalized, coughing up blood

Report: Rams TE Higbee hospitalized, coughing up blood

Los Angeles

Report: Rams TE Higbee hospitalized, coughing up blood

Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee sustained a chest injury during Sunday’s game that resulted in his coughing up blood in a hospital, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Higbee was injured in the Rams’ 27-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints and initially was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.

The 26-year-old Higbee’s reaction at the hospital came after he was examined by doctors.

Fellow tight end Gerald Everett would receive more playing time in the potential absence of Higbee, who had two receptions for 21 yards before exiting Sunday’s game.

Higbee, who agreed to a four-year contract extension earlier this month, has six receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown this season.

A fourth-round pick in 2016 out of Western Kentucky, Higbee has played in all 50 games and caught 66 passes for 713 yards and five touchdowns in his career.

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Woodland grabs 2-shot lead at U.S. Open

Woodland grabs 2-shot lead at U.S. Open

Woodland grabs 2-shot lead at U.S. Open

Gary Woodland shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 to surge into the lead as the U.S. Open reached the midway point after Friday’s second round on the shores of Pebble Beach, California.

Woodland carries a 9 under mark into the weekend, holding a two-shot edge on England’s Justin Rose, who held the lead for most of the day after his 70 until Woodland’s late-day charge.

Woodland, who started on the back nine, closed with a birdie putt of about 50 feet on the ninth hole.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen became the co-leader briefly before settling with a 70. That put him in third place at 6 under.

Oosthuizen had a bizarre final nine holes. Having also started on the back nine, he bogeyed four holes and birdied four others on his final nine. His only par came on No. 9.

Aaron Wise (71) and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (69) share fourth place at 5 under.

Rose had three birdies and two bogeys on Friday. He shot a blistering 65 in the opening round.

“I’m happy. I felt there was an opportunity to go a few better,” Rose told Fox Sports 1 after his round “… You’re going to make some mistakes during the course of the week. You shake it off, and that’s what U.S. Opens are all about.”

McIlroy appeared positioned to bolt to the lead, but he bogeyed No. 13 and took a double-bogey on the par-5 14th hole. McIlroy regrouped with birdies on the next two holes.

Wise, who fired a first-round 66, had consistency issues while carding a 71.

Wise had five birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey.

“I was able to stay patient, wait for the birdies to come to me,” Wise said. “And (No.) 17 was a huge birdie, and to get one on 18 and finish even for the day makes me feel good.”

Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka was five shots off the pace after his second straight 69. He is the first defending champ since Scott Simpson in 1988 to score under 70 in his first two rounds.

Koepka had three birdies and one bogey while hitting 12 of 14 fairways. He did experience some putting issues.

“Funny thing was I was hitting good putts,” Koepka told Fox Sports 1 after his round. “I don’t mind it if I’m going to hit good putts and they’re going to miss. That happened today. Ball striking was tremendously better today. … Never really felt like I had to work. It was quite an easy round.”

Also tied with Koepka at 4 under were Matt Kuchar (69), Chesson Hadley (70) and Chez Reavie (70). Kuchar made an eagle putt on 18 to end his round.

Tiger Woods bogeyed his final two holes — at Nos. 8 and 9 — to post a 72. He sits at even par for the tournament, nine strokes behind Woodland.

“I’m a little hot right now,” Woods said, perturbed by how he capped the round.

Woods also had a positive perspective halfway through the tournament.

“Right now I’m still in the ball game,” he said. “There’s so many guys with a chance to win. We’ve got a long way to go.”

Xander Schauffele, who shot 66 in the first round, slumped to 73 and is tied for 11th at 3 under.

Rickie Fowler, who also opened with 66, tumbled to a tie for 45th at 1 over after his 77. He had one birdie, five bogeys and one double-bogey in the round.

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