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  • Kaiir Elam BUF CB
    Bills' Kaiir Elam: Entering important third season
    1d ago

    Elam received extra reps throughout the spring due to veteran Rasul Douglas missing the voluntary OTA sessions, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

    Elam hasn't quite panned out yet as a first-round draft choice from 2022, but all the talk around the Bills this offseason seems to indicate the team is going to give him a fair crack at playing time in 2024. He's currently listed as a backup behind Douglas (who did show up for all non-voluntary work) and holdover Christian Benford, but with Tre'Davious White departing to the Rams, there's a real chance for Elam to see meaningful playing time, whether as a key backup or even sneaking his way into a starter's role.

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  • Tee Higgins CIN WR
    Bengals' Tee Higgins: Signs franchise tag
    1d ago

    Higgins signed his franchise tag with the Bengals on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    As a result, the star wideout will report for Cincinnati's training camp poised to make $21.8 million on the one-year tag. Schefter's report also indicates it's unlikely Higgins and the team will come to terms on a long-term deal, making this possibly the 25-year-old's last campaign with the team as the Bengals push for another Super Bowl appearance. The fourth-year wideout struggled with injuries throughout last season and never really got into a rhythm within the offense, especially after quarterback Joe Burrow went down with a season-ending wrist injury in Week 12. With everyone expected to be fully healthy entering the 2024 season, Higgins and the passing unit should be in a position to be electric once again.

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  • Jesper Horsted NO TE
    Saints' Jesper Horsted: Secures deal with Saints
    2d ago

    New Orleans signed Horsted to a contract Friday.

    Horsted finished last season on the Raiders' injured reserve list due to a hamstring issue, but he's presumably now healthy. The tight end was limited mostly to special-teams work with Las Vegas in 2023, logging eight offensive snaps and catching his only target for four yards while recording 216 special-teams snaps. Horsted's signing will help fill the void left by Juwan Johnson's foot injury. Johnson is set for surgery but could still be ready for the start of the regular season.

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  • Dylan Leonard GATECH TE
    Dylan Leonard: Dealing with minor hamstring injury
    2d ago

    Leonard suffered a minor hamstring injury before reaching an injury settlement with the Broncos on Thursday, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.

    Leonard signed as an undrafted free agent with Denver May 11 but was waived with an injury settlement Thursday. The nature of the tight end's injury was undisclosed at that time and has now been revealed to be a minor hamstring issue. Since Leonard isn't dealing with a serious injury, he should be able to join another organization this season if presented an offer.

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  • Tony Jefferson LAC SS
    Chargers' Tony Jefferson: Returning to NFL with Chargers
    2d ago

    The Chargers signed Jefferson to a contract Friday.

    Jefferson spent last season working as a scouting intern with the Ravens, but he is coming out of retirement to get back on the field. The defensive back last played for the Giants in 2022, when he recorded 23 tackles (16 solo) and one defensed pass over nine contests. Jefferson isn't guaranteed to make Los Angeles' roster, but he'll have a chance to compete during training camp for what would likely be a depth role in the team's secondary.

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  • Adam Trautman DEN TE
    Broncos' Adam Trautman: Dealing with abdomen injury
    2d ago

    Trautman did not participate in Denver's mandatory minicamp Wednesday due to an abdomen injury, Jon Heath of USA Today reports.

    Coach Sean Payton said Trautman's injury isn't too serious and won't need surgery, calling it "basically a sprain." The fifth-year pro thus appears on track for the start of training camp late July. Trautman projects to contribute as a rotational part of the Broncos' tight-end corps behind Greg Dulcich (foot/hamstring), though the latter is still working toward a return to the field.

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  • Gerrit Cole NYY SP
    Yankees' Gerrit Cole: Could be back Wednesday
    6m ago

    Cole (elbow) could be reinstated from the 60-day injured list to start Wednesday's game versus the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.

    The Yankees have confirmed Nestor Cortes and Luis Gil as their starting pitchers for games Tuesday and Thursday versus Baltimore, but a starter has yet to be made for Wednesday while the club weighs whether to activate Cole for his season debut, or to have him make another minor-league rehab start. While shifting his assignment from Double-A Somerset to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Cole delivered a gem in his third rehab outing Friday, striking out 10 over 4.1 innings while allowing one unearned run on two hits and no walks. He tossed 70 pitches in the start, so Cole would likely have a slight cap on his workload if he were to rejoin the New York rotation Wednesday. If the Yankees decide to have Cole make one more start in the minors, Cody Poteet would likely get another turn through the big-league rotation.

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  • Mookie Betts LAD SS
    Dodgers' Mookie Betts: Exits after being hit by pitch
    12m ago

    Betts exited Sunday's contest with the Royals in the seventh inning after being hit in the left hand by a pitch, Kirsten Watson of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

    Betts took a 97.9 mph fastball from reliever Dan Altavilla off his left hand in the bottom of the seventh inning, immediately exiting the contest afterwards. The 31-year-old was in an obvious amount of pain and more information on his status will likely come following the conclusion of the game.

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  • Jose Miranda MIN 3B
    Twins' Jose Miranda: Breather in Game 2
    18m ago

    Miranda is not in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader with the Athletics.

    Miranda will head to the bench after he went 2-for-4 in the team's 6-2 win in Game 1. Trevor Larnach will slot in at designated hitter while Manuel Margot enters the lineup in left field and bats seventh against Oakland.

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  • Dylan Cease SD SP
    Padres' Dylan Cease: Roughed up by Mets
    22m ago

    Cease (6-6) took the loss as he went 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks Sunday versus the Mets.

    From the jump Cease just didn't have his best stuff on Sunday, he allowed the first four hitters to score after serving up homers to Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso. The 28-year-old gave up a season-high seven runs in what was his shortest outing of the campaign. After pitching to a 2.19 ERA over his first eight starts, the righty has run into a rough patch giving up at least three runs in six of his last seven starts and seeing his ERA climb to 3.95 in the process.

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  • Byron Buxton MIN CF
    Twins' Byron Buxton: Sitting for Game 2
    23m ago

    Buxton is not in the starting lineup for the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader with Oakland.

    Buxton will get a breather after he went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the team's 6-2 win in the matinee. Austin Martin will replace him in center field and bat ninth in Game 2.

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  • Ryan Jeffers MIN C
    Twins' Ryan Jeffers: On bench for nightcap
    26m ago

    Jeffers is not in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader with the Athletics.

    Jeffers will get a breather after he went 1-for-4 in the team's 6-2 win over Oakland in Game 1. Christian Vazquez will take over behind the plate and bat eighth in the nightcap.

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  • Luka Doncic DAL PG
    Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Probable ahead of Game 5
    1h ago

    Doncic (thoracic contusion) is listed as probable for Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Celtics.

    Doncic has been a mainstay on the injury report in the playoffs but with the Mavericks' NBA Finals hopes in jeopardy, his status seems to be nothing more than precautionary. Through four NBA Finals games, the All-Star is averaging 29.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.5 steals across 37.8 minutes. Doncic has struggled from deep, shooting just 25.0 percent from three. However, he is still shooting an efficient 47.0 percent from the field this series.

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  • Kristaps Porzingis BOS C
    Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis: Questionable for Game 5
    1h ago

    Porzingis (lower leg) is questionable for Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Mavericks, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.

    Porzingis is in jeopardy of missing his third consecutive game with a left posterior tibialis dislocation. The big man played in the first two games of the NBA Finals, accumulating 32 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and an assist while shooting 12-for-20 from the field. Prior to Game 4, head coach Joe Mazulla said that Porzingis is not 100 percent and he will only play if the Celtics desperately need him, which is unlikely with the team still holding a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 at home. If Porzingis remains sidelined, Al Horford and Xavier Tillman will continue seeing increased playing time.

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  • Olivier-Maxence Prosper DAL SF
    Mavericks' Olivier-Maxence Prosper: Gets garbage-time run in Game 4
    1d ago

    Prosper posted zero points (0-2 FG), two rebounds and one assist in five minutes Friday in the Mavericks' 122-84 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

    Prosper sprained his ankle in a practice prior to Game 4 of the Mavericks' first-round series with the Clippers and had been sidelined for multiple weeks before being cleared to play ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He didn't see any action in either of the first three games of the series, but with Friday's contest turning into a rout by the end of the third quarter, Prosper was able to make his NBA Finals debut in garbage time.

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  • Kyrie Irving DAL PG
    Mavericks' Kyrie Irving: Scores 21 points in Game 4 victory
    2d ago

    Irving accumulated 21 points (10-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt), four rebounds and six assists over 31 minutes during Friday's 122-84 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

    Luka Doncic was the best player for the Mavericks in this Game 4 victory, but Irving posted a strong line as well. The veteran floor general reached the 20-point plateau for the second consecutive contest, and he'll need to be at his best if the Mavericks want to pull off the upset in Game 5 of the series Monday. Irving is averaging 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in the series.

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  • Dereck Lively II DAL C
    Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Another double-double
    2d ago

    Lively contributed 11 points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds and one steal across 22 minutes during Friday's 122-84 victory over the Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

    Lively has been coming off the bench, but he's made a substantial impact on both ends of the court. The rookie out of Duke owned the paint and was a massive factor in the rebounding battle that saw the Mavericks dominate the contest. Lively is the first rookie to record multiple double-doubles in the NBA Finals since Magic Johnson in 1980.

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  • Luka Doncic DAL PG
    Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Scores 29 despite shooting woes
    2d ago

    Doncic accumulated 29 points (12-26 FG, 0-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five rebounds, five assists and three steals over 33 minutes during Friday's 122-84 win over Boston in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

    Doncic had another rough showing from a shooting perspective, needing 26 shots to score 29 points and missing all eight of his three-point attempts, but he still led Dallas in scoring as the Mavericks kept themselves alive for at least one more game. Doncic has surpassed the 25-point mark in 11 consecutive games during the current playoff run and is expected to play a prominent role for the Mavericks in Game 5 of the series Monday, as he'll probably have to lead the team again if the Mavericks are to pull off an upset at TD Garden.

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  • Evander Kane EDM LW
    Oilers' Evander Kane: Possible for Game 5
    6h ago

    Kane (abdomen) is a possibility for Game 5 against Florida on Tuesday, per Tracey Myers of NHL.com.

    Kane will travel with the Oilers to Florida, and the team will evaluate his health ahead of Tuesday's contest. The 32-year-old forward has missed the last two games due to a sports hernia. Kane has generated four goals, four assists, 44 shots on net, 37 PIM and 64 hits in 20 outings this postseason.

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  • Vladimir Tarasenko FLA RW
    Panthers' Vladimir Tarasenko: Scores lone goal in loss
    16h ago

    Tarasenko scored a goal on three shots and added two hits in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 4.

    Tarasenko's goal in the first period pulled the Panthers within one, but they were unable to build on it as the Oilers ran away with the game. The winger has three goals and an assist over his last five contests, a rare run of consistency for him this postseason. Overall, he's at nine points, 40 shots, 41 hits and a plus-5 rating through 21 playoff outings.

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  • Anthony Stolarz FLA G
    Panthers' Anthony Stolarz: Makes playoff debut
    16h ago

    Stolarz allowed three goals on 19 shots in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 4.

    Few goalies in the world could have stopped a desperate Oilers squad in Saturday's contest. Stolarz had never played in an NHL playoff game, and it was nearly two months to the day since he last drew into a game, as Bobrovsky had played every minute of the Panthers' postseason run. Head coach Paul Maurice will likely go back to Bobrovsky for Game 5 on Tuesday, so Stolarz is unlikely to play again unless Bobrovsky continues to struggle or suffers an injury.

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  • Sergei Bobrovsky FLA G
    Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Pulled in Game 4 loss
    16h ago

    Bobrovsky allowed five goals on 16 shots in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 4.

    Bobrovsky was pulled early in the second period after his worst game of the series so far. He's had one dud in each round, and the Panthers will hope that getting some time to clear his head Saturday will put him on track to bounce back in Game 5 on Tuesday. Bobrovsky saw a six-game winning streak come to an end, but the Panthers will have up to three more chances to secure the Stanley Cup.

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  • Zach Hyman EDM C
    Oilers' Zach Hyman: Dishes pair of helpers
    16h ago

    Hyman notched two assists, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 8-1 win over the Panthers in Game 4.

    Hyman helped out on second-period tallies by Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse. The 32-year-old Hyman didn't have a point during the Stanley Cup Finals, as the Panthers had neutralized the Oilers' top players in the first three contests. However, they were all much better in Saturday's blowout victory. Hyman is up to 20 points, 84 shots on net, 47 hits and a plus-9 rating over 22 playoff outings. If the Oilers can gain traction on the power play, he should see an uptick in offense.

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  • Leon Draisaitl EDM C
    Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Supplies pair of assists
    16h ago

    Draisaitl notched two assists, three shots on goal and two hits in Saturday's 8-1 win over the Panthers in Game 4.

    Draisaitl hadn't had much success in the Stanley Cup Finals before Saturday's matchup. He'd been held off the scoresheet for three straight contests before he broke through in Game 4. The 28-year-old is up to 30 points (15 on the power play) with 69 shots on net, 23 hits, 15 blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating over 22 playoff appearances. Draisaitl rarely goes cold in the postseason, and if the Oilers are going to come back in the series, he'll likely be a big part of that.

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