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[August 03, 2017]
August 2 (The Sports Xchange) -
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Dominique Easley is out for the
season after an MRI confirmed a torn ACL, according to multiple
The Rams confirmed that Easley will miss the rest of the season with
a knee injury, but did not specify the injury.
"We received word that it is going to be an injury that's going to
require surgery, and he's going to be out for an extended period of
time," head coach Sean McVay said on the Rams' website. "But he's a
guy that's done all the things we've asked of him. And we love
Dominique. We're going to embrace him."
The Miami Dolphins confirmed running back Jay Ajayi has been
diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out of practice.
Ajayi, 24, was hit hard during Monday's full-contact practice and
was escorted off the field. He will miss at least a week of drills,
sources told the Miami Herald.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller is out indefinitely with a
broken collarbone after leaving practice with the injury.
Fuller was a first-round pick in 2016 and earned a starting spot
opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back I'Tavius Mathers was released from
a hospital, one day removed from sustaining a cervical spinal cord
injury during practice.
The team announced the update on Mathers, noting that the medical
staff will work with him to "decide the best course of action for
his recovery." He was back at EverBank Field on Wednesday.
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti continues to be torn whether
to sign controversial free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick
because of the possible backlash from fans.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome
support the signing of Kaepernick but have met resistance from
Bisciotti, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.
Newsome responded to Wednesday's report from ESPN regarding
"We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision,"
Newsome said in a statement. "Steve Bisciotti has not told us we
cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever
is making those claims is wrong."
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Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates will
attend former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson's Pro Football Hall of
Fame induction ceremony on Saturday.
Gates, however, will not be accompanied by
quarterback Philip Rivers, who will remain with the team for
Saturday's joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams, coach Anthony
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was carted off the
practice field after sustaining an ankle injury.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo told reporters it appears Shepard avoided
"It looks at this point like he has a rolled ankle, a
basketball-type ankle," McAdoo said. "We'll see how he responds to
treatment and go from there."
The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent offensive tackle Arturo
Uzdavinis and waived tackle Jerry Ugokwe.
The 6-foot-7, 305-pound Uzdavinis most recently spent time with the
Minnesota Vikings before being waived on July 26. He also spent time
with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2017
In 2016, Uzdavinis spent time on the practice squads of the Jaguars
and Chicago Bears. He originally signed with the Houston Texans as
an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2016. Uzdavinis spent the 2016
offseason and training camp with the Texans before being waived on
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed rookie wide receiver Shaq Hill and
waived/injured wide receiver Jhajuan Seales.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Hill originally entered the league in May
with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent after playing at
Eastern Washington. He was on the roster when Houston opened camp on
July 26 but was waived two days later.
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