Update on the latest sports
Browns’ Hunt, Conklin return to practice, could face Ravens
UNDATED (AP) – Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt and All-Pro starting right tackle Jack Conklin have been designated for return from injured reserve and could play in this week’s AFC North showdown against Baltimore. Both will practice Wednesday.
Hunt has missed five games with a calf injury, depriving the Browns of one of their top playmakers. Cleveland scored 17 points or fewer in four of the five game Hunt missed.
Conklin sat out of the past three games with an elbow injury. His replacement, Blake Hance, has struggled. The return of Hunt and Conklin could be a big boost for the Browns, who will play the division-leading Ravens twice in three weeks.
In other NFL news:
– The New Orleans Saints have placed tight end Adam Trautman and rookie offensive lineman Landon Young on injured reserve. Trautman injured his knee and Young hurt his foot during Sunday’s loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia. Trautman was hurt while making a catch during what was his best game yet this season. He had five catches against the Eagles for 58 yards and a touchdown. The two newly open roster spots allowed the Saints to bring back defensive back Ken Crawley and receiver Kevin White. They each had been waived last week.
– The Atlanta Falcons have signed former longtime New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead. He was signed to the team’s active roster, one day after punter Dustin Colquitt was placed on the reserve COVID-19 list. The Falcons signed another punter, Dom Maggio, to their practice squad. Maggio was waived by Atlanta on Sept. 8. The 35-year-old Morstead spent 12 seasons with the Saints before appearing in seven games for the New York Jets this season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012. Morstead appeared in all 16 games in 11 of his 12 seasons with the Saints.
Minnesota RB Mohamed Ibrahim to return in 2022 after injury
UNDATED (AP) – Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim will return for a sixth year in 2022. He suffered a season-ending lower leg injury in the first game this year.
Ibrahim was picked as a preseason Associated Press second team All-American for 2021. He was hurt in the third quarter against Ohio State on Sept. 2.
Ibrahim had 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in that game before the injury. Ibrahim won the 2020 Big Ten Running Back of the Year award. He’s eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list.
In other college football news:
– A statue on the University of Michigan campus of legendary football coach Glenn “Bo” Schembechler has been vandalized and a message supporting sexual assault victims of a former sports doctor scrawled on the steps beneath it. The Detroit Free Press reports that a crew is removing red paint splattered on the statue outside the Ann Arbor school’s football building. The university said Wednesday that the vandalism is being investigated. A report by a law firm hired by U-M found that officials including Schembechler failed to stop the late Dr. Robert Anderson, despite reports in the 1970s that he sexually assaulted student athletes.
Frozen fields: Columbus, St Paul host next 2 US qualifiers
CHICAGO (AP) – The United States figures to be playing its next three World Cup qualifiers in frigid weather.
The Americans said Wednesday they will return to Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio, for their World Cup qualifier against El Salvador on Jan. 27 and will host Honduras on Feb. 2 in the first qualifier at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Canada is expected to locate its Jan. 30 qualifier against the U.S. at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario, a decision that caused the U.S. Soccer Federation to opt for cold-weather venues for all three matches in the January window.
Honduras will be traveling to Minnesota from a home game three days earlier against El Salvador.
The U.S. is second in the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 15 points, one behind Canada and one ahead of Mexico and Panama, with six games remaining. Costa Rica has nine, Jamaica seven, El Salvador six and Honduras three.
The top three nations qualify for next year’s tournament in Qatar, and the No. 4 team advances to a one-game playoff for a berth.