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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 he is confident that Rodgers will “be in a good place on Sunday.”

In other NFL news:

— Saints running back Alvin Kamara will miss his second straight game in Philadelphia on Sunday and New Orleans also will be without starting offensive tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk. Kamara also missed last week’s loss at Tennessee with a knee injury. Armstead also missed last week’s game with knee and shoulder injuries.

—Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and will miss Sunday’s game at Kansas City. The timing of the move raises questions about Cooper’s availability for the Thanksgiving game against his former team, the Las Vegas Raiders. Cooper is second to CeeDee Lamb in catches, yards and touchdowns.

—The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting running back Chris Carson for the rest of the season after he chose to undergo surgery on his neck. Coach Pete Carroll says Carson has a nerve in his neck being impacted by a vertebrate and that surgery is the best option for recovery.

—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.

—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. 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.

—Browns running back Nick Chubb has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He is cleared to play Sunday when Cleveland hosts 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. 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.

—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.

—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. 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. A statement says the agreement between the Chiefs and the family of Ariel Young will provide her with “world-class medical care and long-term financial stability.” The agreement was reached after several months of discussions between the Chiefs, Ariel Young’s family and medical experts.


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:

— The Texas Rangers have given manager Chris Woodward a contract extension. He is now signed through the 2023 season, and the club also has an option for 2024. The Rangers before last season had exercised their club option for 2022. Woodward originally got a three-year contract with that option when he became the manager after the 2018 season. The team has been in rebuilding mode. Woodward is 160-224 overall with the Rangers, with 102 losses last season.

— 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.

— The Texas Rangers have given manager Chris Woodward a contract extension. He is now signed through the 2023 season, and the club also has an option for 2024. He became the manager after the 2018 season. The team has been in rebuilding mode. Woodward is 160-224 overall with the Rangers, with 102 losses last season.

—A special opening day for the newly named Cleveland Guardians began with a bang. As fans were buying the first available Guardians merchandise as the team officially transitioned from Indians after 106 years, a sign installed outside the team store at Progressive Field broke free from its mount and crashed to the sidewalk. No one was injured. Fans began lining up early in the morning to buy new caps, sweatshirts and other gear bearing the Guardians’ logos.


Pelicans’ Louzada suspended for 25 games for drug violation

UNDATED (AP) — Pelicans reserve small forward Didi Louzada has been suspended 25 games for violating the the NBA’s performance enhancing drug rules.

Louzada’s suspension, announced by NBA spokesman Mark Broussard, began on Friday when the Pelicans hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. The 6-foot-5 Louzada joined the Pelicans last season. He has played in just two games this season and has not scored. Louzada is from Brazil and initially joined the NBA in 2019 when he was a second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks.

In other NBA news:

—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.


NHL reschedules one of Senators’ 3 postponed games

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL has rescheduled one of the Ottawa Senators’ three games that were postponed this week because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the team.

The league said Friday that Ottawa’s game at New Jersey originally scheduled for Tuesday night will take place Dec. 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark. The Senators and the NHL announced Monday that the game at New Jersey, as well as home games Thursday against Nashville and Saturday against the New York Rangers, would be postponed as the team tried to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. At the time, the Senators had 10 players and an assistant coach in the COVID-19 protocol. The Senators are scheduled to return to action Monday night at Colorado.

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