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Titans' Taylor Lewan: Logs limited practice2h ago
Lewan (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.
Lewan was evaluated for a shoulder injury in Thursday's win over the Jaguars, but was able to return to the field. Give that, it would be a surprise if he wasn't available Sunday against the Giants, though his level of participation at Thursday's practice should provide a better idea of his status.
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Ravens' Tim Williams: Practices in full5h ago
Williams (ankle) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
Williams' ability to return to practice without any limitations bodes well for his chances of playing in Sunday's game. The second-year vet will likely resume his role as a depth outside linebacker following his return to the field without a hindrance.
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Jaguars' Marcell Dareus: Clear of injury report5h ago
Dareus (illness) is not listed on the Jaguars' injury report Wednesday.
Dareus played a season-low 19 snaps in last Thursday's loss to the Titans as he was forced to exit the game due to illness. The 28-year-old appears fully recovered and should resume his starting role at defensive tackle for Week 15.
Tony Jefferson BAL SS
Ravens' Tony Jefferson: Absent from Wednesday practice5h ago
Jefferson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
Jefferson was withheld from last week's tilt with Kansas City, so there's a shadow of concern above Baltimore this week. If the veteran can't practice before Sunday, perhaps the Ravens will have to turn to Chuck Clark once again.
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Jaguars' Josh Walker: Clear of foot injury5h ago
Walker (foot) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
Walker has missed the last four games with the foot injury and appears poised for a return against the Redskins. The 27-year-old had started four games at offensive tackle prior to suffering the injury, but it remains to be seen what role he will have upon his return.
Marlon Humphrey BAL CB
Ravens' Marlon Humphrey: Held out of Wednesday's session5h ago
Humphrey (groin) did not practice Wednesday.
Humphrey's absence from the practice doesn't help the prospects of him playing in Sunday's game, but there's still a few days before any such decision needs to be made. The veteran played through the groin issue in last week's contest, so perhaps the Ravens viewed Wednesday as a good opportunity to provide Humphrey with some valuable rest.
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Athletics' Kyler Murray: Sights still set on baseball3h ago
Murray still plans on switching to baseball after wrapping up his college football career at the University of Oklahoma, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. "As of right now, I'm going to play baseball. That's about it," Murray said.
The ninth overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft, Murray still intends to fulfill his commitment with the Athletics despite his rapidly-improving NFL stock. While the 21-year-old is expected to report to spring training, the Heisman winner still hasn't ruled out a career in football, and stated as recently as last week that he would like to play both sports if possible. Assuming Murray sticks with baseball, he could develop into a 20-homer threat while offering impact speed on the bases and in center field.
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Yankees' J.A. Happ: Agreement in place with Yankees4h ago
Happ and the Yankees "agreed to the structure" of a two-year, $34 million contract Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The deal, which is still being finalized, includes a third-year option based on the number of innings Happ pitches (or starts he makes) in the first two years of his contract. The veteran southpaw spent the final few months of the 2018 season with the Yankees, posting a 2.69 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 across 11 starts (63.2 innings). He'll join a starting rotation that already features the likes of Luis Severino, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka.
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Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Could see some reps at third4h ago
General manager Ross Atkins said Martin could play some third base in 2019, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. "If he's playing (some) third base, that would be ok," Atkins said.
Martin is projected to open the season as Toronto's backup behind the dish, but his ability to play third base could afford him a few extra starts in 2019. That said, Martin hasn't played more than 91 games in either of the past two seasons, and he likely won't surpass that number entering his age-36 season for the rebuilding Blue Jays. He hit .194/.338/.325 with 10 homers in 90 games last season.
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Rays' Jake Bauers: Viewed as primary option at first4h ago
General manager Erik Neander said Bauers is "our guy" at first base heading into 2019, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports.
Neander added that the Rays will look at all options -- which could mean bringing in a righty swinging first baseman -- but it sounds like Bauers will at least handle the larger side of a platoon at first base in his sophomore season. The 23-year-old's rookie campaign was marred by a brutal slump in summer, and he finished with a disappointing .201/.316/.384 line in 96 games. He'll look to use his experience against major-league pitching to improve in 2019.
Chris Davis BAL 1B
Orioles' Chris Davis: Still viewed as important piece4h ago
General manager Mike Elias said he believes Davis is big part of the Orioles moving forward, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Elias added that it's a priority to get the slugging first baseman back on track -- citing analytics as a way to help -- after he hit just .168/.243/.296 with 16 homers in 128 games in 2018. Davis is still owed $110 million over the next four seasons, but it sounds like the Orioles will give the veteran a chance to snap out of his funk rather than treat him as a sunk cost.
Richard Bleier BAL RP
Orioles' Richard Bleier: Should be ready for Opening Day5h ago
General manager Mike Elias said Bleier (lat) is expected to be ready for Opening Day, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier's 2018 season ended in June after the southpaw underwent lat surgery. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the issue will impact his availability for the start of the 2019 campaign. Bleier should reprise his role as one of the team's setup men after posting a 1.93 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 32.2 innings when healthy in 2018.
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Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Scores 44 points in Wednesday's win8m ago
Davis dropped 44 points (16-32 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 11-11 FT), 18 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 118-114 win over the Thunder.
Davis was absolutely dominant, pouring in 40-plus points for the second straight game and the fifth time this season. The scoring total was a season high, and he appears to be taking matters into his own hands lately, hoisting 66 field-goal attempts over the last two contests. Davis and company now have a few days to rest and recover for Sunday's matchup with the Heat, against whom the 25-year-old big man totaled 41 points (15-23 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 9-10 FT), nine boards, four blocks, two dimes, and one steal across 41 minutes back on Nov. 30.
Jerami Grant OKC SF
Thunder's Jerami Grant: Sees 26 minutes in Wednesday's loss16m ago
Grant had seven points (3-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 118-114 loss to the Pelicans.
Grant saw limited minutes due to the fact that he committed five fouls. Despite cooling down lately, Grant is enjoying a career year, and with Andre Roberson (knee) still sidelined for the foreseeable future, it appears that the 24-year-old forward will continue earning ample playing time.
Patrick Patterson OKC PF
Thunder's Patrick Patterson: Sees 18 minutes in Wednesday's loss24m ago
Patterson had three points (1-4 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, and two steals in 18 minutes during Wednesday's 118-114 loss to the Pelicans.
Patterson has only earned 20-plus minutes three times this season. Moreover, he had gone scoreless in three straight games prior to this one, providing minimal value off the bench despite his theoretical fit as a career 36.7 percent three-point shooter.
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Thunder's Steven Adams: Efficient in Wednesday's loss32m ago
Adams accumulated 20 points (7-9 FG, 6-10 FT), six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 118-114 loss to the Pelicans.
Adams finished with over twice as many points as shot attempts. He has scored at least 20 points in three straight games and four times in the first five December matchups. Moreover, during this recent stretch Adams has scored 20-plus points in both of the contests he had less than 10 field-goal attempts.
Paul George OKC SF
Thunder's Paul George: Double-double in Wednesday's loss40m ago
George totaled 25 points (9-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 118-114 loss to the Pelicans.
George was exceptional, leading the team in scoring and rebounding while recording his ninth double-double of the season. George has been putting together an MVP-caliber campaign, with career-high averages in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and made threes per game.
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Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Awful shooting in Wednesday's loss1h ago
Nurkic had two points (1-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three blocks, two steals, and one assist in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 92-83 loss to the Grizzlies.
Nurkic was downright dreadful offensively, but he salvaged what would've been a miserable statistical performance by providing plenty of boards, steals, and blocks. Marc Gasol is among the top defensive big men in the league and one of the few guys physically capable of going toe-to-toe with Nurkic, who has developed into a dynamite pick-and-roll threat with Damian Lillard.
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Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook: Chips in two points in big win32m ago
Seabrook scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Penguins.
The helper came with the man advantage, while the veteran blueliner also added three shots, three hits, a blocked shot and a minus-1 rating. Seabrook's four goals and 14 points in 33 games are solid, but the consistently strong defensive numbers he used to post seem to be a thing of the past. The Blackhawks' struggles this season have dragged the 33-year-old down to a minus-9 rating -- what would be the worst performance of his career in that category if he can't turn things around.
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Blackhawks' Andreas Martinsen: Notches first goal of season38m ago
Martinsen scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Penguins.
The Blackhawks' fourth line supplied some surprising offense in this one, with Martinsen picking up his first goal of the season in the process. The 28-year-old has never scored more than 11 points in an NHL season, so don't expect a repeat performance any time soon.
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Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Rare scoring outburst40m ago
Kruger scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Penguins.
It's the fourth-line center's first multi-point effort of the season, and Kruger has only four goals and five points through 30 games. He's never even scored double-digit goals in a season, so even his current modest lamp-lighting pace may not continue.
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Ducks' Brandon Montour: Experiences incredible outing42m ago
Montour had a career night, recording a goal, four points, three shots on goal, three blocks and a plus-5 rating in a 6-3 victory against the Stars on Wednesday.
The scoring is wonderful, but in one night, Montour was able to erase his minus-5 rating. He is now an even player with five goals and 19 points in 33 games this season. In the last two games, Montour has two goals and six points with a plus-7 rating. He'll look to build upon this success against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
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Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews: Leads Hawks to rare win1h ago
Toews scored a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Penguins.
After getting held off the scoresheet entirely over the last two games, Toews roared back with just his second multi-point performance since his early October scoring binge. Despite his lack of explosive nights, the 30-year-old still has 14 goals and 27 points through 33 games, putting him on pace for his first 30-goal campaign since 2010-11.
Ondrej Kase ANA RW
Ducks' Ondrej Kase: Blazing hot1h ago
Kase recorded a hat trick on five shots in a 6-3 comeback victory against the Stars on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old opened the scoring Wednesday. The Stars answered with the next three goals, but then Kase responded with two more scores for the natural hat trick and to tie the score. The Ducks dominated the third period, scoring five unanswered goals total to end the night. Kase has eight goals and 14 points in 15 games this season, but five of his goals and nine of his points have come in the last five games.