Haslam is especially sensitive to the issue because Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine, Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi and Ray Farmer have been fired since he’s been the owner. Haslam promised he would not blow it up before the 2015 season, then did just that after the season. Haslam invested in the present structure, so if he makes a change it will reflect on him as well as the people he fires.
His comment early in training camp was designed to be a promise without making a promise: We feel really good about the people we have in place. Really good.
Four defensive penalties gave the Vikings 62 yards on two touchdown drives.
We’re going to get a chance to evaluate our football team to see where we are, Jackson said. After eight games we’re 0-8. We know that part. We’ll see what we can go good, see what we can do better.
Every night (the defense does) not want me to get into the paint, Antetokounmpo said. I think I need to do a better job of getting into the paint and making plays for my teammates and for myself.
Grant finished 5 of 9 from the floor and scored 17 points for the first time since April 1, 2016. … Milwaukee’s Tony Snell had a team-high five assists, the first time that he had at least five since March 28, 2015.
Thunder: George, Anthony, Adams and Westbrook combined for 48 first-half points. The quartet alone outscored the Bucks in the half, who trailed 60-42 at halftime. … Among the star trio of Anthony, George and Westbrook, Anthony was the last to leave the floor for the night, playing until there were 6 minutes left in the game with the Thunder leading by 23.
Hellebuyck stopped 11 shots in the third as Winnipeg was outshot 12-2 in the final period.
Connor opened the scoring 7:10 into the first. Mark Scheifele tipped defenseman Tyler Myers’ shot from the point and the puck fell right to Connor. The line of Connor, Scheifele and Blake Wheeler have accounted for five goals in the past two games.
Minnesota F Nino Niederreiter returned to the lineup after missing six games with a left high ankle sprain. He assisted on Kunin’s goal for his point in four games this year. . Winnipeg F Adam Lowry (upper-body injury) practiced with the team during Tuesday’s morning skate and coach Paul Maurice left open the possibility he could return on Saturday against Montreal after missing seven games. . The Jets are 15 for 16 on the penalty kill in their last four games and 27 for 31 in past eight games after giving up four power-play goals in the first two games.
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Gruden said the team will look into possible scenarios to help players better prepare and take care of their bodies. But when he rattled off the injuries, Gruden made the point that they’re not related to strength and conditioning. Most of the players, he said, were hurt within the course of a game.
Florida State, which hosts Syracuse on Saturday, is off to its worst start since 1976 after a 35-3 loss at Boston College last Friday.
It’s like a nightmare, for real. I’ve never lost this much, Pugh said. We’ve got to win and hopefully get ourselves to a bowl game.
[The Lions] gave us a coverage where the safety split wide, kind of a 22 man. And JuJu had something similar to that earlier in the game, and he tried to kinda juke the guy and then give him an out move and then go up, Roethlisberger said. I told him, I said, ‘Listen, next time you get that look, if it’s a 22-type man, beat ’em with speed. Just get down there.’ And that’s what he did. And I threw it over the top, and I told him, I didn’t know he had that much speed. He said he didn’t either.
Offensive tackle Joe Staley exited the game after suffering a broken orbital bone and needing stitches, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 49ers announced that Staley will stay in Philadelphia overnight, as his evaluation won’t be finished before the team’s flight takes off, and is expected to return to the Bay Area on Monday.
New England Patriots offensive tackle Marcus Cannon injured his ankle against the Los Angeles Chargers. Receiver Chris Hogan exited the game after suffering a shoulder injury late in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Mike Remmers suffered a concussion during the first half of the team’s win over the Cleveland Browns.
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman played against the Dallas Cowboys after missing multiple weeks with a rib injury. Tight end Niles Paul was ruled out after sustaining a concussion. Tight end Jordan Reed did not return after suffering a hamstring injury. Offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao was evaluated for a stinger and did not return. Safety Stefan McClure did not return with a hamstring injury.