Duchene took the high road, expressing admiration for Forsberg over the weekend.

“I don’t think it was meant to be anything personal. He and I have a great relationship. So I’m not taking it personally,” Duchene told The Denver Post. “I think he’s just commenting on the situation. A lot can get lost in translation.”

Torre said both Maddon and Baker, along with both team’s general managers, were part of an initial meeting on Tuesday concerning the outlook of getting the game in. But once the forecast called for no halt in the rain in the foreseeable future Tuesday night, the decision was made to resume the series on Wednesday.

The winner of the series will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Dodgers will gain an extra day of rest after closing out the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

“Both these teams, between us and Washington, I think whoever wins this series, we’ll be ready for that moment (to face the Dodgers),” Maddon said.

“Otherwise, I wouldn’t have made the challenge,” he said.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said the team practiced the 5-on-3 situation Monday, with the sixth attacker a bonus.

“Our guys did a really good job,” Laviolette said.

While the Panthers have been stymied trying to run the ball the past couple of weeks, the Eagles have appeared more balanced.

“I think that’s the big reason we’ve been able to be so successful,” Wentz said. “We’re able to move the ball in the air. We’ve been able to move the ball on the ground. I think that’s what makes us tough to defend at times.”tigers_051

McCown chased down Jackson and put his arm around the embattled coach.

Whitney Mercilus, LB, Houston Texans: Mercilus left the game during the Texans’ first defensive series, and he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game due to a chest injury.

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce took a hard hit at the tail end of the second quarter and did not appear to start the second half. The Chiefs subsequently announced that Kelce was being evaluated for a concussion, and he did not return.

While the choice to shun the field goal was debatable, Jackson’s conclusion to bench an ineffective Kizer for Kevin Hogan was the right move.

Hogan threw two touchdown passes, a 21-yarder to rookie tight end David Njoku and a 41-yarder to Duke Johnson in the final two minutes to pull the Browns within 17-14.

Cleveland tried an onside kick, but Jets linebacker Julian Stanford recovered it and McCown knelt three times to run out the clock. It is the first time in his 15-year career that McCown has won three consecutive starts.

When the game ended, McCown chased down Jackson and put his arm around the embattled coach.

“I told him to hang in there,” McCown said. “Fight the fight.”

With his future growing cloudy, Jackson opened the second half with Hogan, who came into training camp as the team’s forgotten No. 4 quarterback. Hogan brought a spark, driving the Browns to a touchdown — and their first lead of the season — on the opening possession of the third quarter.x (9)

Go back and replay the Trevathan shot to Adams’ head.

The helmet-to-helmet impact is devastating, sending the receiver’s mouthpiece flying. Almost as soon as Adams hit the ground, players on both teams started frantically waving for medical personnel to race to his aid. He was taken off on a gurney, and the frightening images strongly suggested we wouldn’t be seeing him back in uniform for a while.

Trevathan was suspended for Monday night’s matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. The player who caused the brain injury would miss a game, but the player who suffered the brain injury would not.

It’s halftime in Dallas and the Cowboys currently hold a nine-point lead. Dallas had a chance to add to its advantage, but Prescott fumbled on the final play of the period. The Cowboys recovered, but the clock ran out. Prescott threw for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the half, while Aaron Rodgers tallied 107 yards and a score.

Dallas advances the ball to midfield and calls timeout with 25 seconds to go before the end of the half.

Touchdown Packers. Rodgers hands it off to Aaron Jones, who accelerates through a hole at the line of scrimmage and into the end zone for a 7-yard score. But, Mason Crosby again misses the extra point and Green Bay now trails 21-12 with 54 seconds remaining in the half.

On a second-and-8, Rodgers completes a 9-yard pass to Aaron Jones, moving Green Bay to the Dallas 7. The play was reviewed and the ruling on the field confirmed. The Packers will have a first down with 58 seconds before halftime. x (6)

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer to debut during Monday Night Football

The force is strong with Monday Night Football.

The official trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will debut during halftime of Monday’s matchup between the Bears and Vikings at Soldier Field, Lucasfilm announced Sunday.

The eighth installment of the Star Wars franchise is written and directed by Rian Johnson and will hit theaters Dec. 15. The movie will follow up the widely successful “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which was released in December 2015.

He told the Mercury News that he didn’t feel quite like himself last week, but thought he could still be effective. Maybe this week he will feel more like himself after returning to full practice Friday for the first time in two weeks. His removal from the pregame injury report indicates the team’s improved confidence in his status heading into this week’s contest against the Indianapolis Colts.

John Brown, quadriceps, and J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals, hamstring, tooth (Q), 1:00 p.m. ET: Both of these receivers were listed as questionable last week, and both suited up on Sunday. Given that both were limited participants in practice daily, the expectation is that both will again be available on Sunday against the Eagles. These soft tissue injuries can act up during warm-ups, however, so fantasy owners should be sure to check pregame inactives.

Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars, ribs, (Q), 1:00 p.m. ET: Rib injuries are unpredictable in terms of how painful they are for an athlete. Lee did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, and his participation on Friday was limited. His status on Sunday may well come down to how he feels at game time.

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NFL expecting mixed bag of protests to President Donald Trump’s comments

The NFL is expecting mixed reaction Sunday to President Donald Trump’s comments about the league and protests, a senior NFL official has told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

The NFLPA denied Sunday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and union chief DeMaurice Smith discussed how to handle President Trump’s statements about player protests.
“We expected a mixed bag today, on a team-by-team basis,” the official said.

The same official confirmed that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked to a number of players about their plans, including Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, who is considered a leader and activist in seeking reform and change.

This is the third time Spence has dislocated his shoulder. The first one came in Week 4 last year against the Denver Broncos. He finished out the season with torn labrum, wearing a neoprene shoulder harness. Spence has not worn a harness since the surgery but said he will begin wearing it again.

Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy aggravated his right ankle during the game, an injury he’s been dealing with since last week. He had on a walking boot in the locker room.

The Bucs were already without several key players on defense due to injuries and illness — defensive tackle Chris Baker (flu), defensive end Jacquies Smith (flu), cornerback Brent Grimes (shoulder) and middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (hamstring) did not play.a (9)

Fantasy Focus Football Podcast board bets scoreboard for 2017

If you’re even a semi-regular listener to the Fantasy Focus Football Podcast, aka the 06010, you are likely aware that Matthew Berry and Field Yates occasionally will disagree on a player’s fantasy output, whether it’s for the season or a specific week during the NFL season.

With a nod to faithful listener and board bet historian, Nick Scott, who created the original 06010 board site, we’ve decided to give you a place to check the tally board throughout the season right here on the pages of ESPN.com.

We’ll keep it simple and just state the proposition bet, along with which side Matthew and Field took. Once there is a winner, we will add that, and change the “leaderboard” below. Good luck in your leagues this season!

Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders: For the second consecutive week, Cooper was held in single digits, following up his 7.3 PPR fantasy points with 1.6 on Sunday night. That was the third-lowest total in his 35-game NFL career, and he was started in 91.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

Justin Tucker, K, Ravens: Kickers can be wholly unpredictable, at the mercy of their offense, such as in Tucker’s case in a game his Ravens lost 44-7. His one-point fantasy score qualified for the “losers” list, though, as he was started in 93.8 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 3. Only five times in his 83 career NFL games has he scored one or zero points, and this was the first time that Tucker did so since 2015 Week 10 (also one).
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The Bengals realize they’re terrible, and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it

Two games into the season — both at home — and the Bengals still haven’t scored a touchdown. They’re the first team to “achieve” that feat since the Bears … in 1939. Good job, guys!

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick gave the most honest assessment of the team — “We suck.”

For all their faults as a team, at least Bengals players were pretty honest about who they are after losing one of the ugliest Thursday Night Football games we’ve ever seen:

Maybe. Cincinnati held another awful team to 266 yards, TOTAL yards. The Texans didn’t even top 100 yards passing. The Bengals prevented the Texans from converting their only red-zone opportunity and had them 0-1 on goal-to-go. Houston only converted four of 15 third downs.

Kizer left the Browns’ loss to the Ravens on Sunday with a migraine, but was able to return to the game. He didn’t play well, though. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 182 yards, no touchdowns, three interceptions, and he also lost a fumble. Why, he played so poorly that he looked like a bona fide Browns quarterback.

Hue Jackson said after the game that he’s not concerned about Kizer’s confidence. And there’s probably some validity to that.

“He didn’t play as well yesterday, but the sky isn’t falling down by any stretch of the imagination,” Jackson said Monday via the team’s website. “This guy is everything I think he is.”

The Ravens defense has been a force so far. They dominated the Bengals, shutting them out 20-0, with four picked Andy Dalton passes and a forced fumble. So the way Baltimore played against the Browns is just par for the course so far.
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Brandon Browner charged with felony after arrest in L.A.

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was arrested Monday in Los Angeles County on suspicion of criminal threats, a felony.

Los Angeles County Jail records show Browner, 33, was arrested at 8:29 p.m in La Verne and was released almost three hours later after posting $50,000 bail.

Senio Kelemete replaced Strief on Monday and held up fairly well, although it was a rough night overall for the Saints’ offense. Veteran offensive tackle Bryce Harris, who has already been on and off the Saints’ roster three times over the past two weeks, re-signed Tuesday and could be a candidate to replace Strief before the team hosts the New England Patriots on Sunday.

To make room for Harris on the roster, the Saints released linebacker Adam Bighill.

It’s unclear when Armstead will be back, although it should just be a matter of weeks since the Saints elected not to start him on the physically unable to perform list. Rookie first-round draft pick Ryan Ramczyk started in place of Armstead and allowed one sack. Ramczyk could slide over to right tackle when Armstead returns.

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