The Sports Xchange
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—If you were looking for clarity from the Denver Broncos' muddled quarterback position, you didn't find it Thursday in the 22-0 win over Chicago. On a night where the defense showed off the quality of its depth by not allowing the Bears to run a play from inside the Denver 40-yard line and the special teams contributed a touchdown via a Bennie Fowler punt block recovered by Zaire Anderson, the offense was inconsistent, driving to just one touchdown while settling for four field-goal attempts, two of which Brandon McManus connected.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Because Charles Johnson played just one series and Kony Ealy two, Thursday's trip to Baltimore was a big opportunity for the Carolina Panthers' backup defensive ends. But instead of easing concerns about depth, lackluster results from the preseason opener have created more questions about the Panthers' edge rushers. The biggest: Who else is there besides Johnson and Ealy?
New England Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft calls quarterback Tom Brady "an exceptional human being" who was treated unfairly by the NFL over Deflategate. Last month Brady opted to drop his legal fight against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, and accept his four-game suspension. Kraft said he is upset with the way the league handled the long legal battle against the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.
The New England Patriots released offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson on Sunday to open a roster spot ahead of safety Nate Ebner returning to the team after competing for the U.S. Olympic rugby team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 27-year-old Ebner, entering his fifth NFL season, was placed on the reserve/did not report list last month so he could participate in the Olympics.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his ribs suffered in the preseason opener. Wentz, who could miss the rest of the preseason games, was injured during Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Eagles announced Saturday.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz sat out Saturday morning's practice with sore ribs suffered in the preseason opener. Wentz did not throw in practice but head coach Doug Pederson is not concerned about his health. Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick out of North Dakota State, was under pressure in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Lane Johnson criticized the NFL Players Association on Saturday as he faces a likely 10-game suspension for violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. According to multiple reports, Johnson has tested positive for PEDs for the second time in his career. He also tested positive in 2014 and was suspended for four games. "Every substance I've taken has been approved by the Aegis Shield app, which the NFLPA gives us (to check substances)," Johnson said Saturday. "That's the only thing the NFLPA gives us to test our products.
Kevin Durant is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. That probably isn't going to help him avoid a series of jeers and cat-calls on Feb. 11. The All-Star forward agreed to join the Golden State Warriors in July and will find himself back inside Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena for the first time as an opponent on Feb. 11 when the Warriors visit the Thunder. Durant's departure stunned the high-energy Thunder fans and his return to Oklahoma City is easily the highlight of the NBA schedule released on Thursday.
The ACC's athletic directors remained deadlocked Friday regarding the league's future conference scheduling requirements. The ADs held a conference call to discuss whether to remain at eight conference football games but play two non-ACC Power 5 teams or go to nine league games with one non-ACC Power 5 school, according to ESPN.com. Notre Dame is also required to play an average of five ACC teams annually. In exchange for creating the ACC Network, a new scheduling format is required by 2019 when the network launches.
Alabama has been in this position three times during Nick Saban's tenure. Coming off a national championship, the Crimson Tide has had to face being the hunted and fight complacency...