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Report: AJ McCarron suffers hairline fracture of collarbone

AJ McCarron

The Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback competition just got narrowed down.

A.J. McCarron suffered a hairline fracture of his collarbone during the Bills’ preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday night, according to a report. The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci reported the news.

Browns sideline reporter Bernie Kosar speculated during an in-game report that McCarron might have suffered an injury and appears to have been proven correct.

McCarron is competing with rookie Josh Allen and second-year player Nathan Peterman for the starting quarterback job. The former Alabama QB was given the opportunity to start on Friday but only went 3-of-6 for 12 yards. No player has distinguished himself in the competition so far.

Ohio State will complete Urban Meyer investigation on Sunday

Urban Meyer

Ohio State’s investigation into the conduct of coach Urban Meyer will conclude on time.

In a new statement issued Friday by the school, it was confirmed that the investigation would finish on Sunday as scheduled. The investigators would then prepare a report of their findings next week, which will then be passed on to the Board of Trustees in a public meeting.

In other words, it is likely that we will get some clarity on Meyer’s situation within a week, as scheduled. There will be questions as to whether a two-week investigation can be sufficiently thorough, and those questions will be amplified by critics if Meyer is given the all-clear and restored to his position as head coach.

Nick Foles says shoulder feels ‘pretty good’ despite strain

Nick Foles

Nick Foles has given Philadelphia Eagles fans a reason not to panic for now.

Foles left the Eagles’ preseason game against the New England Patriots on Thursday night after injuring his shoulder on a strip sack that went for a touchdown. The Eagles termed him questionable to return with a shoulder strain.

After the game, Foles said he felt “pretty good” and was “optimistic” about the injury.

That’s big news for Philly. The Eagles open up their season on Sept. 6. Carson Wentz has said he is not sure if he will be ready for Week 1. Nate Sudfeld is the No. 3 QB.

MLB’s six-game suspension of Jose Ureña is not enough

Jose Urena

MLB did not take long to suspend Jose Ureña for hitting Ronald Acuña in Wednesday’s game, but the suspension was not enough.

MLB announced on Thursday that Ureña has been suspended six games for his actions. Braves first base coach Eric Young Sr. was also suspended a game for his role in the fight.

MLB should be credited for acting swiftly, but the punishment is too weak.

Ureña threw at a hot hitter with intent because he was too scared to face him. MLB needs to protect its players from such buffoonery. They should have sent a message to the Marlins and Ureña to let them know that that sort of behavior is unacceptable.

If you don’t want to face a player because he’s hot, you can intentionally walk him; you don’t hit him, which endangers a player’s health and could injure him. The Braves called Ureña’s actions “gutless,” and they’re right. The coward should have been hit with a much longer suspension, because a six-game suspension only serves to merely inconvenience the Marlins’ rotation by pushing him back a few days. That’s not enough.

John Elway says Colin Kaepernick ‘had his chance’ with Broncos

Colin Kaepernick Castro

The Denver Broncos appear to be having quarterback troubles once again this offseason, and some have raised the possibility that they could add another veteran before the season. On Thursday, John Elway made it clear that Colin Kaepernick will not be considered if the team goes that route.

“Colin had his chance here. We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it. So, As I said it in my deposition, I don’t know if i’ll be legally able to say this, but he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it,” Elway said.

Two years ago, the 49ers and Broncos were discussing a Kaepernick trade. Kaepernick was guaranteed to make $11.9 million in base salary for the 2016 season, and Denver wanted him to accept a pay cut as part of the deal. They reportedly wanted him for $7 million. He declined, so the trade fell through. Kaepernick instead played out the 2016 season with the 49ers under his guaranteed deal, which is the season he started kneeling and the 49ers went 2-14.

Some are interpreting Elway’s comment as if Kaepernick turned down an offer from the Broncos after he started kneeling, but that’s not the case. Elway liked Kaepernick then and wanted him on the team, but Kaep turned him down. That probably still stings for Elway.

Ex-MVP Keith Hernandez agrees with Marlins hitting Ronald Acuna intentionally

Keith Hernandez understands and agrees with Miami Marlins pitcher José Ureña hitting Ronald Acuña with a pitch that looked to be intentional.

Acuña came into Wednesday’s game between the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins on fire. He had hit home runs in five consecutive games, including three straight to lead off the game. Ureña made sure the streak didn’t reach six on his watch by hitting Acuña with the first pitch of the game. There were few who doubted Ureña intention. ESPN Stats and Info provided some interesting data regarding the pitch that hit Acuña, noting it was his hardest pitch thrown this season to start a game.

Many were irate at Ureña. Hernandez, a former NL MVP who is now a Mets announcer, was not among them. He said during Wednesday’s SNY telecast that he was in agreement about Acuña needing to be hit.

“They’re killing you. You’ve lost three games. He’s hit three home runs … you gotta hit him! I’m sorry. People are not going to like that. You gotta hit him, you gotta seriously knock him down if you’re not going to hit him.”

Hernandez shared more on the unwritten rules, which suggest you hit the player but not in the head or neck.

This is a very antiquated perspective and a reason baseball is losing popularity. The sport’s “unwritten rules” have long been criticized. As long as people like Hernandez, who is no stranger to harsh criticism, still believe in the unwritten rules, they likely won’t be going away anytime soon.

Watch: Marlins pitcher ejected after hitting Ronald Acuna with first pitch

Marlins Braves fight

Well, the Miami Marlins figured out one way to make sure Ronald Acuna doesn’t hit a leadoff home run against them.

Pitcher Jose Urena hit Acuna with his first of the game, leading to benches clearing between the Marlins and Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

The umpires convened to discuss matters and decided to eject both Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker.

That was the right move since it was so obvious the Marlins intentionally hit Acuna. Acuna had homered in five straight games, seven of eight, and was looking to lead off a game with a homer for the fourth straight game. The Marlins made sure that didn’t happen again.

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