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Rodgers practices…Bears put Mack on season-ending IR

UNDATED (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after missing the last two days with a toe injury as he prepares for Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

Rodgers didn’t have a designation listed on the Packers’ injury report. The reigning MVP had said Wednesday that even after missing that day’s practice that he would definitely play against the Vikings. Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that “he looked good throwing the football” and added that “I’m confident that he’ll be in a good place on Sunday.”

In other NFL news:

— The Chicago Bears’ defense took a huge hit Friday when coach Matt Nagy announced outside linebacker Khalil Mack would go on season-ending injured reserve. He has a foot injury that will require surgery. Mack has been bothered by the injury since the Bears played Cleveland in Week 3 and has sat out the last two games in addition to getting added rest during a bye week, but it continues to be a problem. Mack has six sacks this season.

— The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Los Angeles to face the Chargers without star outside linebacker T.J. Watt. The team ruled Watt out Friday after he missed a third straight day of practice due to hip and knee injuries suffered in last week’s tie against Detroit. Watt is second in the NFL with 12 1/2 sacks through nine games. Pittsburgh also ruled out cornerback Joe Haden and starting left guard Kevin Dotson. Haden is dealing with a foot injury, while Dotson hurt his ankle against the Lions.

— Linebacker Bud Dupree is among seven Titans ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Houston Texans. Coach Mike Vrabel says right guard Nate Davis, linebacker David Long, running back Jeremy McNichols, linebacker Rashaan Evans, cornerback Greg Mabin and tight end Geoff Swaim also will be held out against the Texans. The Titans go into Sunday’s game having won six straight, the NFL’s longest active streak. They’ve also used an league-high 82 players.

— Browns running back Nick Chubb has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He is cleared to play Sunday when Cleveland host the winless Detroit Lions, beginning a crucial three-game stretch. Chubb tested positive for the virus on Nov. 9 and had to miss last weekend’s 45-7 loss to the New England. Now that he’s healthy, Chubb says he’s prepared to carry the ball as often as the Browns need. Coach Kevin Stefanski also says quarterback Baker Mayfield will start after he sat out one day this week to rest shoulder, foot and knee injuries.

— Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff missed a third straight practice with an oblique injury and is listed as doubtful to play against the Cleveland Browns. Tim Boyle is expected to make his first career start Sunday in Cleveland. The Lions signed Boyle to a one-year contract in free agency to back up Goff. Boyle spent the previous three years behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.

— Panthers coach Matt Rhule says Cam Newton will start Sunday at quarterback against the Washington Football Team. Rhule says P.J. Walker, who started in Carolina’s 34-10 win against the Arizona Cardinals last week, could still see action as well. Newton had two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, the first two times he touched the ball against the Cardinals. He played 12% of the team’s offensive plays after signing with the team just three days before the game.

— New York Giants defensive back Logan Ryan was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after having close contact with someone who has the coronavirus. His status for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is uncertain. Coach Joe Judge said Friday that Ryan had a positive rapid COVID-19 test on Friday. He said the team was waiting for the result of a polymerase chain reaction test. The Giants had a number of false positive test results in the week leading up to their game with the Las Vegas Raiders on Nov. 7.

— Connor McGovern is replacing Connor Williams at left guard for Dallas on Sunday at Kansas City. The Cowboys hope left tackle Tyron Smith is ready to return from an ankle injury that has sidelined him for two games. Williams leads the NFL in total penalties with 13 and accepted penalties with 10. McGovern filled in for right guard Zack Martin in the opener after Martin tested positive for COVID-19. McGovern has played frequently in lineman-eligible roles since then.

— The Kansas City Chiefs will pay for ongoing medical treatment and other expenses for a young girl who was seriously injured when a vehicle she was in was struck by a car driven by former assistant coach Britt Reid. The agreement between the Chiefs and the family of Ariel Young will provide her with “world-class medical care and long-term financial stability,” according to a statement Friday from the team’s legal representative and the family’s attorney, Tom Porto. The agreement was reached after several months of discussions between the Chiefs, Ariel Young’s family and medical experts. Other details were not released.


Rockies, catcher Elias Díaz agree to $14.5M, 3-year contract

UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $14.5 million, three-year contract with catcher Elias Díaz. His deal was announced Thursday and covers one season of arbitration eligibility and two years of free agency. Díaz gets $3 million next season, $5.5 million in 2023 and $6 million in 2024.

The 31-year-old Díaz hit .246 last season with a career-best 18 homers, which was tied for third-most among catchers in the National League. He also threw out 42.1% of base stealers, a mark only behind Salvador Pérez. Díaz was signed by Colorado as a minor league free agent in January 2020 and had his contract purchased seven months later. He hit .235 over 26 games for Colorado during the virus-shortened season of ’20.

In other MLB news:

— Noah Syndergaard got a qualifying offer and not much else from the New York Mets over the past two months. That’s one big reason he’s switching coasts to join Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels. The imposing right-hander known as Thor said Friday he was thrilled to land with the Halos on a $21 million, one-year deal. He sees the move as an opportunity to reestablish himself as an elite starter after being limited by injuries and surgery to two brief appearances over the past two seasons.

— Billy Eppler embraced the bright lights of the big city, promising on his first day as Mets general manager to pursue pricey free agents and create a perennial World Series contender. Hired late Thursday by owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson, Eppler was tasked with the responsibility of reversing an underachieving organization coming off consecutive losing seasons. Cohen and Eppler said during a digital news conference that money will flow.


Mavs retiring Nowitzki’s 41 in January when Warriors visit

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks will retire Dirk Nowitzki’s (noh-VIHT’-skeez) No. 41 when Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors visit in January.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to attend the Jan. 5 ceremony honoring the only player in league history to play 21 seasons with the same team.

The 43-year-old Nowitzki is the franchise leader in points, games, starts, minutes, rebounds, 3-pointers, free throws and blocks. Nowitzki retired at 40 in 2019, eight years after leading Dallas to the only championship in franchise history.

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