Shaun Alexander spent Wednesday watching as his teammates practiced without him yet again. So on Sunday, the 2005 league MVP will miss his third consecutive game when NFC West-leading Seattle (6-4) goes to St. Louis (2-8). Alexander is out because of a sprained knee he injured in a Nov. 9 loss at Cleveland.
Peyton Manning will surely snap out of it one of these days. He’ll throw four or five touchdown passes, pile up a bunch of yards and everyone will forget about this little slump he’s in. Look out, Atlanta Falcons. Manning and the Indianapolis Colts couldn’t have picked a better place to get back on track, heading to Atlanta for a Thursday night matchup against the banged-up, beaten-down Falcons.
What drove Priest Holmes out of the NFL is something most football players try to drive out of their thoughts. They know it’s a dangerous, violent endeavor that can leave them unable to walk. Holmes, after making one of the most improbable comebacks in NFL history, decided that as much as he loves the game, it wasn’t worth the risk of a paralysis.
Adrian Peterson was on the field for the first part of Minnesota’s practice on Wednesday, participating in light individual drills with his teammates. After working out without pain in his injured right knee the past two days, Peterson took the next step in his recovery from a partially torn lateral collateral ligament.
Only once in his eight-year NFL career has Thomas Jones stood on the sideline whenever his team didn’t have the ball just so he could watch the opposing running back. It was Thanksgiving 2004 and the ball carrier was his kid brother, Julius. “I remember walking up to the line of scrimmage, looking over to their sideline and I see him looking at me.
The Buffalo Bills could be without their top offensive threat for a second straight game after rookie running back Marshawn Lynch missed practice Wednesday because of a sprained left ankle. Referring to the injury for the first time as a high ankle sprain, coach Dick Jauron said he’s “not particularly optimistic” Lynch will play at Jacksonville on Sunday.
Grand Champion fought back to beat Joey P. by a head Thursday in the $109,200 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct. After briefly yielding the lead in the lane, Grand Champion dug in to earn his fifth win in 10 career starts for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. “He kept trying,” jockey Eibar Coa said. “I saw that other horse wasn’t getting away from me, so I kept pushing and pushing.
The name is a punch line from a Johnny Carson gag about a crooked law firm. There is nothing funny about the way unbeaten Deweycheatumnhowe has manhandled the competition in all nine starts. The colt is the 6-5 favorite against nine rivals in the $650,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, one of eight Breeders Crowns Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Rory McIlroy is fast proving he’s no regular rookie. The Northern Ireland teenager, playing only his sixth professional tournament, was among the Australian Masters leaders after another strong round Thursday. McIlroy, who had an impressive opening round at this year’s British Open and finished as low amateur, shot a 2-under 70 on the Huntingdale course.
Barry Bonds’ penchant for turning longtime friends into bitter enemies might come back to hurt him in at least two significant ways at trial. First, there’s Steve Hoskins. He was once Bonds’ closest friend and served as best man at the slugger’s first wedding. Then, there’s Kimberly Bell, the home run king’s girlfriend of 10 years, who dated him even after his first wedding.
Cornerback Charles Woodson sustained a toe injury on a 34-yard punt return for the Green Bay Packers late in the first quarter of Thursday’s game against Detroit. Woodson jogged off the field and underwent X-rays. His departure forced Green Bay to play without two starting defensive backs, Woodson and free safety Nick Collins, who was inactive because of a knee injury.
Chris Kaman had 21 rebounds and 17 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers’ bench made a significant contribution in a 101-90 victory over Denver on Wednesday night, ending the Nuggets’ six-game winning streak.