Report: Washington Hopeful Alex Smith Will Return from Calf Injury vs. Panthers

Rick Scuteri/Associated PressThe Washington Football Team is hopeful quarterback Alex Smith can play in Week 16’s matchup vs. the Carolina Panthers, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network: Ian Rapoport @RapSheetFrom @NFLTotalAccess: Washington QB Alex Smith (calf) was back at practice and had a “really good day.” He could return this week. https://t.co/0e2JsGNc3pSmith, 36, has had…

Report: NFL bans Josh Gordon from Seahawks practice after setback with substance abuse

Josh Gordon was slated to make his 2020 debut with the Seattle Seahawks this week after being reinstated by the NFL and placed on the 53-man roster.But the troubled receiver is once again dealing with issues and has been banned from practicing and playing with the team.Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that the…

Report: UFC targeting Miocic-Ngannou rematch for March, winner in line to fight Jon Jones

With the last three heavyweight world title fights being exclusively fought by Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier, the UFC is seeking another rematch for Miocic as his next defence. Per a report from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC is eyeing a March date for the Miocic-Ngannou sequel which Ngannou’s recent form of four straight first-round knockouts has…

Report: Bucks Would Have Explored Giannis Trade Without Contract Assurances

Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressGiannis Antetokounmpo agreed to sign a five-year extension with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, but the team could have been forced to trade him without a deal in place, according to Shams Charania, Eric Nehm, and Sam Amick of The Athletic.Per The Athletic, the Bucks “would have seriously considered whether they needed to take…

Report: NFL Asks 49ers to Help Test for Potential Playoff Bubble Amid COVID-19

Ross D. Franklin/Associated PressThe San Francisco 49ers could be a “test” case for the NFL after being relocated to Arizona for the remainder of the regular season.Local restrictions prevented the 49ers from playing at their home in Santa Clara, California, leading the team to play its remaining home games at State Farm Stadium in Arizona.According to…

Report: NBA Plans to Administer Daily Rapid COVID-19 Tests for 2020-21 Season

Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressWith the 2020-21 NBA season approaching, the league is reportedly putting plans in place for how it will test for COVID-19 while playing during a pandemic without a bubble-like environment.According to Shams Charania and Fred Katz of The Athletic, the NBA will use a “daily point-of-care, rapid testing system” that will provide…

Report: Colts QB Philip Rivers ‘Will Likely Need Surgery’ on Toe Injury in 2021

Darron Cummings/Associated PressIndianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers will likely require surgery after the season to repair a plantar plate rupture on his toe, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network: Ian Rapoport @RapSheetFrom @NFLGameDay: #Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is expected to start for Miami, while #Colts QB Philip Rivers will likely need surgery following the season to…

Report: Rams, Chargers to Play in LA ‘For the Foreseeable Future’ Amid COVID-19

Kelvin Kuo/Associated PressThe Los Angeles Chargers and Rams are expected to continue playing at SoFi Stadium “for the foreseeable future” as Los Angeles County continues to allow contact sports.ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted the league is not expecting Los Angeles County to come down with a ruling that would ban contact sports, similar to what happened in…

Week 13 injury report for Sunday’s slate of NFL action

Week 13 of the 2020 NFL season is upon us. Below is the official injury report and game day designations for all 12 games on Sunday. Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans Browns: OUT: WR Khadarel Hodge (hamstring), WR Taywan Taylor (neck), CB Denzel Ward (calf); QUESTIONABLE: C Nick Harris (ankle), DT Vincent Taylor (knee) Titans:…