LeSean McCoy Ruled Out vs. Dolphins with Ankle Injury

LeSean McCoy Ruled Out vs. Dolphins with Ankle Injury

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Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy suffered an ankle injury on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and was ruled out for the remainder of the game, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network added more details: 

McCoy has operated as one of the NFL’s premier running backs for nearly a decade at this point, and the stats back up his brilliance. 

After rushing for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016, McCoy established himself as the only player to rush for at least 8,000 yards and 50 touchdowns between 2010-2016, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com

Coming into Sunday, McCoy had rushed 276 times for 1,128 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also tacked on 57 receptions for 426 yards and two scores. 

Buffalo isn’t replete with solid backups after Mike Gillislee latched on with the New England Patriots, so it will be up to Mike Tolbert to shoulder the load in the event McCoy can’t suit up.

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US Figure Skating Championships 2018: Sunday Results and Updated Schedule

US Figure Skating Championships 2018: Sunday Results and Updated Schedule

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Sunday’s schedule at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships featured two of the three programs in the Juvenile Dance competition along with the short in the Junior Pairs competition.

Below, you’ll find the schedule for Sunday’s late-night and Monday’s events, along with the results from Sunday’s earlier competitions. 

All schedule information and scoring details via USFigureSkaing.org.

              

Late Sunday/Monday Schedule (All Times ET)

Junior Ladies (Short Program): 11:55 p.m. on Sunday

Intermediate Dance (Tango): 12:30 p.m. on Monday

Intermediate Dance (Fourteenstep): 1:45 p.m. on Monday

Junior Men (Short Program): 3:10 p.m. on Monday

Juvenile Dance (Free Dance): 5:15 p.m. on Monday

Novice Dance (U.S. Argentine Tango): 7:05 p.m. on Monday

Novice Dance (U.S. Quickstep): 8:20 p.m. on Monday

Novice Pairs (Short Program): 9:45 p.m. on Monday

        

Sunday Results

Juvenile Dance

Jenna Hauer and Benjamin Starr will head into Monday’s Juvenile Free Dance program with a comfortable lead after placing first in both the Foxtrot (21.96) and Cha Cha (19.02).

They’ll be the prohibitive favorites to win the Juvenile Dance gold with a six-point lead over the teams of Kristina Bland and Gabriel Francis (34.85) and Zoe Sensenbrenner and Matthew Sperry (34.70). The more interesting competition will come for silver and bronze, with five teams within two points of one another heading into Monday.

The pairings of Olivia Ilin and Dylan Cain (33.83), Emma L’Esperance and Mika Amdour (32.69) and Avery Weishaus and Laurent Sainte-Marie (32.41) remain firmly in the medal hunt. 

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NFL Mock Draft 2018: Updated 1st-Round Predictions After Week 17

NFL Mock Draft 2018: Updated 1st-Round Predictions After Week 17

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The regular season is just about over, which means one thing: For 20 fanbases, it’s mock draft season! Below, we’ll go through my latest mock, breaking down a few of the non-quarterbacks available.

Note: The draft order was created using Tankathon.com, my own predictions for Sunday’s late games and my playoff projections.

             

Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

3. Indianapolis Colts: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

6. Denver Broncos: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

7. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

8. San Francisco 49ers: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

9. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

10. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

11. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

12. Miami Dolphins: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

13. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

14. Washington: Derwin James, S, Florida State

15. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Davenport, DE/OLB, UTSA

16. Tennessee Titans: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU

17. Buffalo Bills: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

18. Detroit Lions: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

19. Dallas Cowboys: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

20. Seattle Seahawks: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College

21. Los Angeles Chargers: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

22. Baltimore Ravens: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

23. Atlanta Falcons: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

24. Carolina Panthers: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

25. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City): Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

26. Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

27. Los Angeles Rams: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

28. Philadelphia Eagles: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

30. Minnesota Vikings: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

31. New Orleans Saints: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

32. New England Patriots: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

            

Analysis

We broke down the quarterbacks and their potential landing spots in the last mock draft. Let’s focus more on the other positions this time around.

Saquon Barkley should be the first non-quarterback off the board. It’s rare to find a player at any position with essentially no weaknesses. Barkley is an anomaly.

"He’s a five-tool guy," Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead told B/R’s Matt Miller. "He can do it all. He has speed, power, can run through you or hurdle over you. You can put him in the slot. He can return kicks. And he’s worked hard to become a great pass protector."

"Smart, humble," Moorehead added. "He’s the rare guy whose humble attitude supersedes his talent."

Feature backs are making a comeback in the NFL.

In 2016, David Johnson was a one-man offense for the Arizona Cardinals. The Dallas Cowboys basically saw their playoff hopes extinguished when Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games. Le’Veon Bell continues to be one of the most complete offensive weapons in football. Todd Gurley is a legitimate MVP candidate this season. Leonard Fournette changed Jacksonville’s offense.

Yes, the platoon hasn’t gone completely out of style. Just ask Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman or, uh, the New England Patriots. But having one player who can contribute in every possible way is so valuable. That’s the upside Barkley provides.

Teams generally overpay for quarterbacks and offensive tackles, but don’t be surprised to see safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and defense end Bradley Chubb off the board in the top five.

Fitzpatrick has the chance to be truly special at the next level.

"He’s not quite on the same level of Jamal Adams when it comes to changing the entire culture of a locker room, but he is just as talented and probably more versatile," an AFC executive told Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

Versatility at safety continues to be vital as the demands on the position become more nuanced to combat the complex schemes of NFL offenses. Fitzpatrick checks all the boxes.

As Zierlein noted, "Fitzpatrick plays with a tremendous motor. He has the ability to cover the slot, play deep safety, blitz or even help in run support near the line of scrimmage."

Chubb too inspires high praise, including the following from former NFL scout and scouting director Greg Gabriel:

Accumulating 10 sacks and 23 tackles for loss during the regular season, a year after going for 10.5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss, will earn you plenty of plaudits.

And a great shot at being a top-five pick, too.

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Saints are trailing the Buccaneers, somehow

Saints are trailing the Buccaneers, somehow

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The Saints can clinch the NFC South with a win, but they can’t put the worst team in the division away.

The Buccaneers just took a 20-17 lead over the Saints early in the fourth quarter, recovering a Tommylee Lewis fumble on a punt and returning it for a touchdown.

It’s an improbable lead, since Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown three interceptions, but he did run for a touchdown to start the second half. The missed extra point could loom large later.

But the Bucs have shown some backbone on defense, and held the Saints in check for the most part (215 yards after three quarters).

If the Saints lose and the Panthers win at Atlanta, the Panthers would win the division.














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Bengals get pick-six, but Ravens answer

Bengals get pick-six, but Ravens answer

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Joe Flacco threw a pick-six, but it wasn’t his fault.

Chris Moore, who had an 87-yard kickoff return to a set up a 6-yard touchdown reception he had from Flacco at the end of the first half, tried to run before he secured a catch in the third quarter. Moore bobbled the ball several times before watching it land in the hands of Darqueze Dennard.

The Bengals cornerback returned it 89 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bengals a 24-10 lead with 10:17 remaining in the third quarter.

It ruined the Ravens’ best drive of the day as they took the second-half kickoff and marched to the Cincinnati 22.

Baltimore did answer after the pick-six, though, going for it on fourth-and-three after reaching the Cincinnati 17. Alex Collins started left and found nowhere to go, reversed course and scored with 6:16 left in the third quarter.

The Bengals still lead 24-17, but the Ravens, having found something offensively, seem to have grabbed the momentum.



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Chargers running away from Raiders

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The Chargers went into halftime with a 10-point lead on the Raiders and they’ve doubled that with time left on the clock in the third quarter.

Philip Rivers hit Travis Benjamin for a 62-yard touchdown with less than a minute to play in the third quarter and Nick Rose‘s extra point put them up 30-10 on their rivals from Oakland. Rose also hit a field goal earlier in the third quarter.

Rivers has now completed 26-of-34 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns in a game that the Chargers have to win to have any hope of landing a playoff spot.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, they also need other results to go their way and that hasn’t happened thus far on Sunday. Unless that changes, the Chargers will be done after Sunday’s game regardless of how much of a beating they lay on the Raiders.














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Kyle Williams runs for touchdown as Bills push lead to 19 points

Kyle Williams runs for touchdown as Bills push lead to 19 points

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The Bills lost LeSean McCoy to an ankle injury in the third quarter so they had to look elsewhere when they got the ball on the 1-yard-line following a pass interference penalty.

They turned to defensive tackle Kyle Williams and the move paid off when Williams plunged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. The Bills went for two and didn’t convert, which leaves them up 19-0 with 7:08 to play in the third quarter.

That means Buffalo is doing their part to end the longest postseason drought in the NFL. They’re also getting some help from the Bengals, who are leading the Ravens in Baltimore in a result that the Bills would really like to go their way before all is said and done.

The Dolphins have nothing to play for, although that probably won’t make the coaching staff feel any better about their 11 penalties for 115 yards.














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December 31, 2017 at 03:36PM