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Broncos LT Garett Bolles week to week with bone bruise, ankle sprain

Garett Bolles

The Denver Broncos dodged a bullet concerning left tackle Garett Bolles.

The rookie first-round pick went down with a leg injury during the third quarter of his team’s win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. There was initial fear that he could have broken his ankle. However, as of Monday, reports said Bolles avoided a serious injury.

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says Bolles has a lower leg bruise and is week to week.

This result is even better than what 9News’ Mike Klis reported, as he said Bolles had a high ankle sprain.

Allen Barbre took Bolles’ place at left tackle after he exited the game.

Rudy Gobert’s contract has interesting defensive rating incentive

Rudy Gobert Jazz

Wanna get an idea of how big the analytics movement has gotten in the NBA? Advanced stats are now being written into player contracts.

According to a recent feature by ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Rudy Gobert’s contract extension with the Utah Jazz, which kicks in this coming season, has a unique incentive written into it. If his defensive rating, the number of points a team allows per 100 possessions when a player is on the floor, is below 100, Gobert will earn an extra $250,000. The Frenchman will also earn bonuses if he is an All-Star, makes an All-Defensive Team, and meets a certain rebounding mark.

For Gobert, who had a career year in 2016-17 en route to All-Defensive First Team honors and an All-NBA Second Team nod, qualifying for the incentive shouldn’t be too much of a problem — he has posted a defensive rating under 100 twice in his career and checked in right on the fringe at 100.6 last season. Utah’s plans to build around him next season should definitely help as well.

H/T HoopsRumors

Hue Jackson downplays DeShone Kizer migraine issue

DeShone Kizer

The Cleveland Browns knew about DeShone Kizer’s migraine issue, and coach Hue Jackson doesn’t think it will be a big problem going forward.

Jackson said Monday that Kizer had required no further testing after the initial run following his migraine-related exit from Sunday’s game. He went on to clarify that the expectation is that Kizer will be fine, and the Browns aren’t concerned for his long-term health.

Kizer did not have a concussion, and if the Browns think they know what’s going on, it sounds like the rookie quarterback will make it through this issue with little fanfare.

Glen Davis eyeing NBA comeback, willing to play in G League to do so

Glen Davis

Big Baby is looking to make a big bounceback.

Glen Davis told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated on Monday that he is eyeing a return to the NBA and is willing to play in the G League to make it happen.

“I want to play. That’s my next step,” said Davis. “Whatever I have to do to show I can play the game at a high level still and help a team win, I will do. I know it’s going to be a process because I haven’t played in two years. But I feel like I’m at the prime in my game and I still have a lot to offer.

“I am considering the G League,” he continued. “It’s a great opportunity to show all 30 teams that I can play without getting hurt. They can see what I can still do. This is the best opportunity to make my steps back to the NBA.”

Davis, still just 31 years old, last played in the 2014-15 season, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.2 minutes a game for the LA Clippers. He’s kept somewhat in the news since then however with feuds and warm takes alike.

The LSU product is more of a big body down low than anything, and sort of one-dimensional skillset seems to have become all but obsolete. Nevertheless, if Davis feels he still has something to offer at the NBA level and is even willing to play in a developmental league to prove it, more power to him.

Sam Bradford reportedly dealing with bone bruise in knee

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford was held out of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury, but the good news is he reportedly is not dealing with any ligament damage.

A source told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that Bradford suffered a bone bruise in his left knee during the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 1 win over the New Orleans Saints. The team is planning to give him an injection and see how he responds.

One Vikings player said Bradford joined the offense for a team meeting on Monday and was in good spirits.

For someone who tore the ACL in his left knee in 2013 and again in 2014, that is certainly good news. Bone bruises can be extremely painful, but ligament damage would be a far bigger concern for Bradford’s long-term availability.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer gave an update on Bradford’s status after Sunday’s loss, and some may have interpreted it as bad news. Despite that, it sounds like the quarterback has a legitimate chance to play in Week 3.

Melvin Gordon: StubHub Center was 50% Dolphins fans for Chargers’ home opener

Melvin Gordon and the Chargers were probably hoping for a bit warmer of a Los Angeles welcome.

After the Chargers fell in their Week 2 home opener to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Pro Bowl running back commented that the StubHub Center was 50 percent Dolphins fans, per Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post.

A number of longtime Chargers fans appeared to abandon the team upon their relocation from San Diego to Los Angeles this winter. Furthermore, there’s little incentive for LA natives to support a bad team they have almost no ties to when there’s already another pro football team in the area (who themselves have been struggling with attendance) and plenty of winning professional and collegiate teams in Los Angeles to root for. Thus, it’s unfortunate the Bolts are having difficulty drumming up enthusiasm in LA but not all that surprising.

Corey Coleman needs surgery on broken hand

Corey Coleman

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman is set to miss significant time with his broken hand requiring surgery.

A source confirmed to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com that Coleman has a fracture in his right hand that will require surgery, unlike the injury he suffered last season.

Coach Hue Jackson could not confirm a recovery timetable, but it figures to be longer than the six weeks Coleman needed last year.

Coleman suffered the injury during Sunday’s loss.

Bills sticking with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback

Tyrod Taylor

The Buffalo Bills have no plans to change quarterback despite ongoing struggles.

Coach Sean McDermott, after seemingly wavering a bit with his initial comments, gave another endorsement of Taylor as his quarterback after 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers look to have one of the league’s better defenses, and Taylor doesn’t have a lot of weapons around him. Given all the offseason rumors, it’s safe to say that the organization isn’t completely married to Taylor, but throwing rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman into the fire probably isn’t something they want to do either.

Could Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Paul George form superteam with Lakers?

The only way LeBron James is going to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for a Western Conference team is if said Western Conference team would have an immediate shot at competing with the Golden State Warriors. As rumors continue to pile up, it sounds like the Los Angeles Lakers have an outside chance to be that team.

Speculation has existed for a while that LeBron could sign with the Lakers when he becomes a free agent next summer. Many believe Paul George is destined to wind up in purple and gold, which would certainly help L.A. sign James. But if George and Westbrook both decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Lakers together, would that seal the deal for King James?

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said recently that the Lakers will be a possible landing spot for Westbrook if he does not sign the contract extension the Thunder have offered him.

“Paul George is from L.A. Russell Westbrook’s from L.A. They’re going to be playing together. If they want to stay together, they could just come to the Lakers or Clippers,” Shelburne said. “The what-ifs — the dominos that start falling if (Westbrook) does not sign that contract extension by the start of the regular season…”

On paper, a Lakers team comprised of LeBron, Westbrook, George, Lonzo Ball and some other young up-and-coming players would obviously sound like enough to contend with Golden State. It would also require some serious salary cap gymnastics, but that’s something Magic Johnson would make sure his team figured out if all of the aforementioned superstars were interested in playing together in L.A.

James would supposedly love to team up with Westbrook, and one reporter went out on a limb last week with a prediction about LeBron’s future.

We’ve seen enough crazy things happen in the NBA recently to know nothing should be ruled out, but Westbrook would look like quite the hypocrite if he left OKC for the same reasons Kevin Durant did. That said, the Thunder have to prove they are committed to competing. There must be a reason Westbrook hasn’t signed his extension yet.

Pete Carroll: Jimmy Graham questionable for Week 3 with sore ankle

Jimmy Graham Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham’s status is up in the air for his team’s Week 3 tilt with the Tennessee Titans.

Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that Graham is dealing with a sore ankle, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to take the field against the Titans.

Graham has been a huge disappointment so far this season, particularly when you take into account what Carroll had to say about him during the offseason. He has just four catches for nine yards over his first two games. It’s unclear when the knee injury happened and how long he’s been dealing with it, so it could be one possible excuse for his weak performance.

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