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[October 15, 2016]
Oct 14 (The Sports Xchange) - The Oakland Raiders moved one step
closer to making a move to Las Vegas a reality on Friday.
State lawmakers in Nevada approved $750 million in public funding
for a stadium in Las Vegas by a vote of 16-5 in the Senate and 28-13
in the Assembly. Governor Brian Sandoval, who has shown support for
the stadium, now needs to sign off.
"I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, the Southern Nevada
Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and the members of the Nevada
Legislature on this historic day," Raiders owner Mark Davis said in
"All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this
tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for
the entire Raider Nation."
The $750 million is expected to come from a Las Vegas-area hotel
tax, though taxpayers would be on the hook if the tax fails to
provide the expected windfall.
The Raiders and Las Vegas have been circling each other since NFL
owners voted in favor of moving the Rams to Los Angeles after last
season instead of Oakland and San Diego. Casino magnate Sheldon
Adelson is expected to contribute $650 million while Davis will kick
in another $500 million for the proposed 65,000-seat stadium.
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, officially listed as
questionable, will start Sunday's game at New Orleans barring a
setback in the concussion protocol.
Coach Ron Rivera told reporters that the reigning MVP still has to
get final clearance from an independent physician. Newton is
expected to meet with the independent physician later Friday.
Newton, who sat out the Panthers' 17-14 home loss to the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers on Monday night due to repercussions from the concussion
he sustained in a Week 4 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, returned to
practice Wednesday in a limited role.
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Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was listed as questionable
for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reed, the Redskins' leading receiver, has been dealing with a
concussion since Tuesday when he reported issues to the team.
Washington ruled rookie receiver Josh Doctson (Achilles) out of the
contest on the Friday injury report. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland
(ankle), linebacker/safety Su'a Cravens (concussion) and Dashaun
Phillips (hamstring) joined Reed in being listed as questionable.
This is the sixth documented concussion for Reed dating to his
college days at the University of Florida.
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not practice and
is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury/illness for
Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Gronkowski was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and
Thursday. His absence on Friday was due to an undisclosed illness.
The four-time Pro Bowler was sidelined for the Patriots' first two
games, but caught five passes for 109 yards last Sunday against the
New England has ruled two players out for Sunday's game; linebacker
Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) and tight end Greg Scruggs (knee).
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Sr. leads a lengthy injury report for the Baltimore Ravens that
could see as many as five starters sit out Sunday's visit to the New
Smith (ankle) is listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report along
with guard Marshall Yanda (shoulder), left tackle Ronnie Stanley
(foot), linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring) and kick returner Devin
Hester (thigh). Linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) has already been
The Ravens are preparing for their first game with new offensive
coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who took over when Marc Trestman was
fired on Monday.
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Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert has been ruled out of
Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
Eifert, who has not yet played in a regular-season game this season,
was the only Cincinnati player listed on Friday's injury report. All
other players previously listed were full participants in Friday's
Eifert sustained a back injury last week just as he was recovering
from an ankle injury suffered in the Pro Bowl.
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Hall of Famer Roger Staubach feels the Dallas Cowboys should stick
with rookie Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback as long as
they continue to win, even if Tony Romo is healthy enough to play.
Staubach has been impressed with Prescott leading the Cowboys to a
4-1 start while Romo recovers from a fractured back he suffered in
"Tony is a fantastic football player," Staubach said, via the Dallas
Morning News. "We won the Super Bowl in 1971 and I separated my
shoulder in the exhibition season of '72, and Craig Morton was the
quarterback and took over and when I came back healthy probably
eight or nine games later -- that was a 14-game schedule -- Craig
"We were winning as a team. I understood it. The momentum was there
and you don't want to mess around with the quarterback position and
Craig was playing very well."
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The Cleveland Browns placed starting left guard Joel Bitonio on
injured reserve after he suffered a mid-foot sprain last week.
Coach Hue Jackson said Bitonio is done for the season.
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The Carolina Panthers brought back defensive end Wes Horton on a
one-year deal Friday and waived wide receiver Damiere Byrd.
Horton has played 34 games for Carolina over the past three seasons,
recording six sacks and 41 tackles. He was released prior to the
start of the regular season. (Editing by Andrew Both)
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