NFL news and notes: Bradley Chubb has torn ACL; Vontaze Burfict suspended for season

first_imgRamsey was missing in action last week, first due to flu-like symptoms, then because of a back injury, then he was absent for the birth of his second child. He also missed Sunday’s win over the Broncos, leaving doubt that he’ll play at Carolina in Week 5, though it will depend if he returns to practicce this week.One video you have to seePatrick Mahomes will have a tiny little superfan cheering him on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.This girl’s reaction to getting @Chiefs tickets for her 10th birthday is precious 🤗Now she’ll get to see her favorite player, @PatrickMahomes!(via @5young3)— ESPN (@espn) September 30, 2019Monday’s tweet of the dayRetired Browns lineman Joe Thomas is impressed by Nick Chubb’s wheels.That’s receiver speed!! 😳😳wow!✈️— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) September 30, 2019 Another week, another season-ending injury for a key player.On the other hand, one young quarterback is feeling healhy enough to start his comeback campaign. We dive into the top headlines from Monday in this edition of NFL news and notes. Three things that matterBradley Chubb out with torn ACLIt doesn’t get much worse for the winless Broncos, but somehow it did Monday when it was revealed the linebacker has a partially torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Chubb actually returned to Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with the injury, but will now need surgery to repair the damage.”He felt good enough to come back in and actually, he played that last series pretty damn well,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters. “He was as surprised as anybody, I think, this morning when he woke up feeling the way he did. It’s a huge loss. He’s one of our better players, obviously. He’s a tempo setter, great player, great person, leader — all that.”Chubb, Denver’s fifth-overall pick in 2018, had his first sack and forced fumble of the season in Week 4.NFL suspends Vontaze Burfict rest of seasonMaybe the Raiders linebacker will get the message this time, considering it’s the longest suspension for an on-field act in NFL history. Burfict’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday’s game in Indianapolis drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness that resulted in an ejection, and the league was quick to ban him for the rest of 2019.The 29-year-old Burfict has a long history of illegal hits, and if the season-long suspension is upheld, he will have been suspended for a total of 22 games in his career. Those absences and additional fines incurred will have also cost him more than $5 million in salary.Mitchell Trubisky won’t need surgeryThe Bears quarterback was hurt on the team’s sixth play of the game Sunday when he was hit and fumbled the ball, but will reportedly avoid surgery after an MRI on Monday revealed a dislocated left shoulder with a slight labrum tear.While a definitive timeline for his return has yet to be determined, the team has faith in backup quarterback Chase Daniel should Trubisky be sidelined for an extended period.”That’s why Chase is here,” Nagy told reporters. “We’ll prepare for both guys, and I’ll know more (later). Again, our game plan is not going to change a whole lot. If Chase is the guy, we’re going to do things that Chase does well. If it’s Mitch, then we’ll continue to keep doing things with him. I’ll never get to a point where I’m frozen because I don’t know what to do. We’ll just keep growing.”Two things that don’t matterSam Darnold cleared for non-contact drillsThe Jets quarterback has been out since Sept. 12 with mononucleosis and the team had hoped he would be healthy enough to return after the team’s Week 4 bye, but his availability won’t be determined until later this week.In the meantime, Jets coach Adam Gase said Darnold’s status remains “up in the air” and he has yet to rule him out. Darnold has not lifted, run or thrown since being diagnosed with the illness, so he’ll ramp up workouts this week but won’t be able to participate in full practice, hinting his return could be pushed back another week.Jaguars turned down two first-round picks for Jalen RamseyAnother week has come and gone, but the disgruntled cornerback remains on the roster even after requesting a trade. It was reported that Jacksonville had the chance to move on, but wouldn’t settle for a pair of first-round picks offered from an unidentified team.last_img read more

Cooper Cronk-Luke Keary combination fires to help Roosters to victory over Sharks

first_imgIt has always had the characteristics of a match made in heaven and the combination clicked into gear perfectly on Friday night to ruthlessly put Cronulla to the sword 28-10.With an aerial target like Blake Ferguson and a lethal sweep runner like James Tedesco to throw into the mix, the blueprint for a premiership contender was finally rolled out by Trent Robinson’s men.MATCH CENTRE: Sharks v RoostersThat’s not to say they’re the finished article, far from it. But the ease with which they were able to pull apart a tough defensive side like the Sharks out of shape with Cronk’s kicks and Keary’s ability to get outside his man two passes wide of the ruck showed they’ll be a handful for anyone when they’re on.Perhaps the best example of the Roosters’ threat with ball in hand was a try to Tedesco oin the 51st minute.With the Sharks’ defensive line back oin its heels, the ball was spread quickly wide to the right, with long passes from Jake Friend and then Cronk arriving with a charging Keary, who straightened as Cronulla’s left edge slid sideways, before shifting it on to his fullback.Poor old Trent Hodkinson didn’t have a chance as Tedesco stepped off his right foot and straightened into a big hole.The Latrell Mitchell conversion gave the Roosters an 18-point lead with less than half an hour ago and from that point on they were in cruise control.While Keary was the creative dynamo on the edges, Cronk was the architect of the earlier onslaught with the two-time Dally M Medal winner finishing sets with inch perfect kicks to put the Sharks on the back foot.Then, when the time was right to put the squeeze on, Ferguson put his hand up on the right wing and Cronk’s kicks on top of Sharks winger Sosaia Feki’s head gave the towering Origin rep a better than even money chance.Twice in the first half Ferguson’s aerial work ended in tries to his inside man Ryan Matterson, first in the 21st minute when the kick went to ground and the ball landed in his path, and second on the stroke of half-time when Ferguson rose above Feki to catch the ball before lobbing a beautiful pass back to his centre who went over untouched.While Cronulla had their moments and twice threatened to mount comebacks when Valentine Holmes scored in the corner, the Roosters halves always gave off a sense of control and ultimately they had too much class.THE REPORTSydney Roosters’ forwards have dominated Cronulla’s representative pack to lay the platform for a 28-10 NRL victory on Friday night.Comprehensively beaten by the Warriors big men last week, the Tri-colours bounced back to nullify the impact of the Sharks’ forwards at Southern Cross Group Stadium.Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary kicked twice for tries, leaving a James Tedesco show-and-go in the second-half as the only try that didn’t come off the boot.But the stars of the night were the Roosters’ pack, who gave Cronk and halves partner Keary the field position to be at their clinical best.Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Boyd Cordner both topped 145m, nullifying the output of Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita who rallied late.After Cronk got the Roosters moving with a kick for Ryan Matterson in the 20th minute to score, he landed the knockout blow before the break when he again booted the ball across field for the second-rower.Keary also contributed with a grubber for Joesph Manu midway through the opening half, setting up the 18-6 half-time lead before Tedesco crossed after the break.The five-eighth then finished the job with another perfectly placed for winger Reece Robinson on full-time.Cronulla’s loss was soured by a serious head knock to bench hooker James Segeyaro after he collided with Cronk’s knee while trying to charge down a kick.Matt Moylan was easily the Sharks’ best in the first half after he was shifted to fullback for the injured Josh Dugan, while Valentine Holmes crossed twice on the right wing.Moylan is the third fullback the Sharks have used in five matches. He set up three line breaks and had one of his own before the break, and also threw a cut-out ball for Holmes’ first try.- with AAPlast_img read more