Cowboys won’t put Prescott on IR for possible earlier return
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys aren’t putting quarterback Dak Prescott on injured reserve after surgery on his right thumb. That leaves open the possibility that he could return within the next four games. That is the minimum number of games a player must miss if put on that list. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on the team’s flagship radio station 105.3 The Fan that the team wants Prescott to be a consideration for playing within the next four games. Prescott had surgery Monday, a day after he got hurt in the fourth quarter of a season-opening 19-3 loss at home to Tampa Bay.
Preseason rest led to Week 1 rust for several top QBs
Preseason rest appeared to lead to a little bit of rust in Week 1 for several of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. More than one-third of the league’s Week 1 starting quarterbacks didn’t play a single snap in the preseason and most of those 11 QBs didn’t play anywhere close to their usual form. Whether the poor results were a result of rust or other factors isn’t clear but the poor results are. The only QBs to rest the entire preseason and end up on the winning side in Week 1 were Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins, Justin Herbert of the Chargers and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson.
College Football Picks: Texas A&M welcomes hungry Hurricanes
Last week was a good reminder to never shrug off a Saturday slate of college football games that appears to be short on marquee matchups. Intrigue arises in odd places, even without the obvious “big games.” This week’s schedule pops even less than that. If not for No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 Oregon squeezing into the bottom of the AP Top 25 there would be no games matching ranked teams this week. Still, there is still plenty of alluring games heading into the weekend.
Pro Picks aims to rebound following a rough start in Week 1
Patrick Mahomes loses sleep preparing for Thursday night games. Pro Picks had a restless weekend after a rough first week. The rebound begins when Mahomes leads the Kansas City Chiefs against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers in the first exclusive Thursday night game on Prime Video. The AFC West showdown is a potential preview of the conference title game, though Buffalo will have its say. Mahomes has won his past three Thursday night games. Herbert is 2-0 at Arrowhead Stadium, though the Chargers faced mostly backups in their win at Kansas City in the 2020 regular-season finale.
Sargent, Pepi, Ferreira on US roster for World Cup warmups
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Sargent is back on the U.S. roster for the first time in a year, picked at forward along with Ricardo Pepi and Jesús Ferreira for the Americans’ final two World Cup warmup matches. Defenders Sergiño Dest, Chris Richards and Sam Vines, and winger Gio Reyna also were among 26 players selected after missing the four previous matches in May and June. Defenders George Bello, Erik Palmer-Brown and Antonee Robinson, midfielder Cristian Roldan, winger Tim Weah and forward Haji Wright were dropped, and John Brooks, Tim Ream, Shaq Moore, James Sands, Djordje Mihailovic, Jordan Pefok and Brandon Vazquez were omitted.
NFL’s probe into Commanders, Dan Snyder still ongoing
The NFL’s investigation into Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder is still ongoing, and his status remains unchanged. League executive Jeff Miller said Wednesday there’s no timeline for completion of Mary Jo White’s investigation, which includes new allegations stemming from a congressional committee probe into the team’s history of workplace misconduct. When former employees of Washington’s NFL team first complained in 2020 about rampant sexual harassment by team executives, the team hired attorney Beth Wilkinson’s firm to investigate. The league took over that probe and Wilkinson reported her findings to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
NFL pleased with Guardian Cap summer results
Guardian Caps helped reduce the number of concussions among NFL players mandated to wear the padded helmets during training camp, according to data from the league. Offensive linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers were required for the first time to wear Guardian Caps during practice between the start of training camp until the second preseason game. The average number of concussions among those positions groups dropped from 23 over the previous three-year period to 11 this summer. Of those 11 concussions, six were results of a blow to the face mask, which doesn’t have added protection.
Study: 1-in-5 U.S. adults bet money on sports in past year
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new surveys shows nearly one in five U.S. adults bet money on sports over the past year. The report from the Pew Research Center shows that 19% of adults surveyed said they bet on sports. The most common way they did so involved bets with friends or family, such as a private betting pool, fantasy league or a casual bet; 15% say they bet this way. Only 8% say they made sports bets in person at a casino, racetrack or kiosk, and 6% did so online. A record 46.6 million Americans say they plan to bet on the current NFL season, according to the American Gaming Association.
Suns owner Sarver suspended 1 year, fined $10M after probe
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA suspended Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver for one year and fined him $10 million after an investigation found that he had engaged in what the league called “workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies.” The findings come nearly a year after the NBA asked a law firm to investigate allegations that Sarver had a history of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents over his nearly two-decade tenure overseeing the franchise. The league said the results of the investigation were based on interviews with 320 individuals and more than 80,000 documents and other materials. Sarver apologized for “words and actions that offended our employees,” though he disagreed with some of the report’s findings.
Herd Rising: Marshall basks in storybook win over Notre Dame
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall’s campus is still buzzing after the Thundering Herd toppled Notre Dame in South Bend. Marshall beat a Top 10 team on the road for the second time in school history and became the talk of college football. Marshall coach Charles Huff, who was hired off Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama in 2021, says he responded to 350 text messages after the Notre Dame win. Quarterback Henry Colombi says the Marshall community is still abuzz, a feeling he says won’t go away any time soon. The challenge for the team is setting aside the attention and turning to the next tasks, another game on the road, against Bowling Green.