Bengals QB Joe Burrow suffers torn ACL, will miss rest of the season

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Grey Papke | Last updated 11/22/20

Joe Burrow’s injury appears to be as severe as initially feared.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Burrow suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s game against Washington. There might also be additional damage to the quarterback’s knee, but regardless, his rookie season is over.

Burrow suffered the injury in the third quarter when he was hit by two Washington defenders on a pass attempt. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him, and he had to be carted off the field.

It’s an unfortunate blow for the No. 1 overall pick. He’ll finish his season with a respectable 13 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Expect to see second-year backup Ryan Finley under center for the Bengals for the remainder of the season.

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Golden State star Klay Thompson out for season with Achilles tear

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 11/19/20

The new injury suffered by Golden State Warriors star shooting guard Klay Thompson is as bad as originally feared. 

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed Thursday afternoon that the 30-year-old will miss the entire 2020-21 season due to an Achilles tear. Thompson hasn’t taken the court for a game since he went down to a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals that Golden State lost to the Toronto Raptors. 

Stories emerged Wednesday evening ahead of the NBA Draft that Thompson had endured a new “significant” leg injury. The Warriors selected big man James Wiseman with the second-overall pick. 

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Washington QB Kyle Allen exits game vs. Giants with ankle injury

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/8/20

Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen was forced out of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, paving way for veteran Alex Smith to see more playing time.

Allen suffered a gruesome-looking ankle injury in the first quarter. The 24-year-old was dropping back to pass when his leg was hit by Giants safety Jabrill Peppers’ leg. Peppers was knocked off his feet while blitzing, and his leg hit Allen’s with force to create a possibly serious injury. 

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Broncos’ Von Miller likely out for season with dislocated tendon

By Blake Harper | Last updated 9/10/20

Von Miller is set to have surgery to repair his dislocated tendon and is expected to miss at least a few months recovering, with sources saying that he will likely be out for the season.

If Miller misses the season, it’s an extremely tough loss for the Broncos’ defense, as he is among the league’s most elite pass rushers. In nine seasons, he has racked up 106 sacks and 216 quarterback hits, making him one of the most dominant pass rushers of the last decade.

With Miller out for the foreseeable future, there will be pressure on Bradley Chubb, the team’s other primary pass rusher, to step up. Chubb missed most of last season after suffering a partial tear of the ACL in his left knee, and it has been reported that he may be on a snap count early in the season. Miller recently spoke highly of Chubb, saying that people were underestimating the impact he would have on the field.

“He’s been here this whole offseason just trying to get ready to go,” Miller said. “Bradley Chubb is already a monster. I feel like he’s stronger and he’s refocused. Not that he needed to refocus, but he’s definitely refocused, and he’s ready to go.”

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Shohei Ohtani struggles badly in first outing since Tommy John surgery

Shohei Ohtani made his highly anticipated return to the mound on Sunday, but it would be an understatement to say things did not go well for the Los Angeles Angels star.

Ohtani, who was making his first pitching appearance since he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018, did not record an out against the Oakland A’s. He allowed five earned runs on three hits and walked three consecutive batters after giving up a lead-off single to shortstop Marcus Semien.

Ohtani’s fastball hovered in the mid-to-low 90s, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan noted that his slider looked like it had some bite. However, the right-hander struggled with control.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 7/26/20

Justin Verlander shut down with forearm strain; ace denies report of season-ending injury

Astros ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with a forearm strain and has been shut down, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. An MRI on Saturday revealed the strain. Manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Verlander will be shut down “for a couple of weeks” before he is re-evaluated.

Verlander started the Astros’ season opener on Friday and notched his first win of 2020, throwing six innings of two-run baseball, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. In that start against the Mariners, Verlander’s fastball averaged 94.9 mph and reached as high as 96.7, according to Statcast. Last year, his average fastball velocity was 94.6 mph. He threw 73 pitches, but there weren’t any outward signs that the 37-year-old suffered an injury. Per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Verlander later told the Astros that his right arm was “tender” during Friday’s game.

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Originally posted on MLB Trade Rumors | By George Miller | Last updated 7/26/20

Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon out one to two weeks with lower-body injury

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar told reporters, including Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic, that Nathan MacKinnon will be out for one to two weeks with a lower-body injury.

The team is already without several other forwards, including Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri, weakening the depth up front considerably. One positive is that Cale Makar is expected to return for the Avalanche Wednesday, though MacKinnon’s absence will still obviously be felt.

Not only does it hurt Colorado’s chances of catching the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division, but this also may rob MacKinnon of his first 100-point season. The explosive forward recorded 97 and 99 points the last two years and sits at 93 in just 69 games so far this year. Two weeks could mean missing eight of the team’s final 13 games though, making it tough to crack the elusive threshold.

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Originally posted on Pro Hockey Rumors | By Gavin Lee | Last updated 3/11/20

Ben Roethlisberger says it will be 2-3 months before he’s cleared

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return for at least some of the team’s off-season program after missing the final 14 games of the 2019 campaign with an elbow injury.

Big Ben just recently started to throw the football again. It was a pretty big milestone in his recovery, as the future Hall of Famer looks to return from the devastating UCL injury.

Though, it might be time for those expecting a quick return to the field to take a step back.

Roethlisberger had a doctor visit on Friday. He noted that it went well, but the quarterback won’t be fully cleared for another two-to-three months.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 2/23/20