It's never good when a star WR has infected foot

It's never good when a star WR has infected foot

From Comcast SportsNetCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Steve Smith was on crutches after being treated for what the Carolina Panthers described as a left foot infection. Coach Ron Rivera says Smith is being treated with antibiotics, but the wide receiver's status for the remainder of the preseason is unknown. Smith was seen walking around the stadium on crutches, but was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason was also held out of practice with a strained hamstring. The Panthers (No. 20 in the AP Pro32) face the New York Jets on Sunday and then wrap up the preseason the following Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers could decide to hold both star players out until the regular season. Rivera says Carolina's starters will play into the third quarter Sunday.

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Dominant run game leads Redskins to rainsoaked victory in preseason finale

Dominant run game leads Redskins to rainsoaked victory in preseason finale

TAMPA—The Redskins—or two-thirds of them anyway—came into Raymond James Stadium in a driving rainstorm and played a respectable game.

They rushed for 246 yards, played some stout defense, and outscored the Bucs 20-13.

Washington had a two-headed rushing attack with Mack Brown rushing for 149 yards, including a nice 60-yard touchdown run, and Robert Kelley picking up 99 on 16 pounding carries.

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Nate Sudfeld went wire to wire at quarterback. His numbers weren’t pretty, 8 for 18 for 72 yards, but he was victimized by a few drops. The rookie’s best play came on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Ross as he showed nice touch and dropped it into the receiver’s hands.

Defensively the Redskins played well. Newly acquired defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins got a sack, Duke Ihenacho picked off a pass, and the secondary did a good job making plays on receivers.

The game was moved up a day due to an approaching tropical storm. The Redskins kept 26 starters and front-line players back in Ashburn and brought only the ones they expected to play. The ones here made it worth the trip.

Injury Updates:

No injuries reported for the Redskins

Scoring drives:

First quarter

FG Hopkins 47

Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, 5:36

Drive summary: This drive took place almost all on the ground. It was mostly Robert Kelley, who carries five times for 30 yards. But Mack Brown also kicked in two for 13 yards. It added up them getting close enough for Hopkins to split the uprights.

Redskins 3, Bucs 0      

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Second quarter

Brown 60 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 57 yards, 0:58

Drive summary: This was Mack Brown’s show. He lost three yards on first down but on the next play he took the handoff, went off of left guard, broke a few tackles, and outran the defense to the end zone.

Redskins 10, Bucs 0    

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Grant 38 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 2:22

Drive summary: The Redskins got a short field to work with when Deshazor Everett tipped a pass and Duke Ihenacho picked it off, returning it to the Bucs 18. Robert Kelly ran for six, six, and six yards but after two incomplete passes Hopkins came in for the short field goal.

Redskins 13, Bucs 0    

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Third quarter

FG Aguayo 50

Drive: 12 plays, 43 yards, 4:37

Drive summary: A pass from Ryan Griffin to Jonathan Krause for 17 yards into Redskins territory. A few plays later the Bucs faced fourth and two at the 36 and Griffin threw to Bernard Reedy for five yards and the first. The drive stalled there and Aguayo came in and got his kick just over the crossbar.

Redskins 13, Bucs 3    

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Ross 13 pass from Sudfeld (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:39

Drive summary: The drive got jump-started when on third and four at the 31 when Sudfeld tossed one to T.J. Thorpe who got away from an attempted tackled and scampered down the sideline for 41 yards to the Bucs 28. Then Kelly powered for 11 yards to the 17. On third and six at the 13, Sudfeld showed some good touch on a pass to Rashad Ross in the corner of the end zone. He made the grab for the touchdown.

Redskins 20, Bucs 3    

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Fourth quarter

FG Aguayo 22

Drive: 17 plays, 81 yards, 6:43

Drive summary: Ryan Griffin finally developed some passing rhythm, completing passes to Freddie Martino and Austin Seferian-Jenkins to get into Washington territory. Rookie Peyton Barber pitched in on the ground with some good running. They worked their way down to a first down at the 11. On third and three at the four Griffin’s pass was incomplete and Aguayo kicked the field goal.

Redskins 20, Bucs 6    

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Fourth quarter

Reedy 9 pass from Griffin (Aguayo kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 2:14

Drive summary: Two Ryan Griffin passes to Freddie Martino got the Bucs into Redskins territory at the 43. On third and two at the 25 Griffin went back to Martino for five yards and a first down. A few plays later it was Griffin to Bernard Reedy for the touchdown.  

Redskins 20, Bucs 13 

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Redskins react to Mack Brown's big night on Twitter

Redskins react to Mack Brown's big night on Twitter

Preseason or not, Mack Brown had himself a game Wednesday night. 

Just how good was he? He finished with 149 rushing yards and a touchdown, whereas the Buccaneers as a team had 46 yards on the ground total and zero rushing scores. 

His performance certainly gained the attention of his teammates, including those who did not travel with the team and watched comfortably on their sofas. 

Among those at home was linebacker Mason Foster, who thought Brown was making it look a little too easy out there. 

Defensive lineman Chris Baker was certainly pumped up too. 

Perhaps most impressive of Brown’s night was his 60-yard touchdown run, especially considering the sloppy conditions from the tropical storm weather. 

Guard Spencer Long and safety David Bruton Jr. also chimed in on the performance: 

And last but certainly not least, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and fellow running back Chris Thompson also gave the youngster some props. 

A total of 26 Redskins did not travel to Tampa Bay for the team’s final preseason game, which meant more than usual members of the burgundy and gold taking in the game watching at home on TV.

Brown certainly put on a show for them, and his performance helped the Redskins put down the Bucs, 20-13, in the final tune up before Week 1. 

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Another quality start, but another Orioles loss

Another quality start, but another Orioles loss

BALTIMORE—The Orioles received three quality starts in their critical three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. They lost two of those games. 

In the latest installment, Yovani Gallardo allowed three runs in the first inning, then pitched well, but the Orioles could do little with Aaron Sanchez and the bullpen. 

The Toronto Blue Jays’ 5-3 win over the Orioles before 16,161 at Oriole Park on Wednesday gave Toronto (76-57) a four-game lead in the AL East over the Orioles (72-61).

Not only was the result disappointing, but so were the crowds. The series drew just 47,775. 

On Monday, Wade Miley gave up three runs in seven innings in a 5-1 loss, and Ubaldo Jimenez also allowed three in 6 2/3 innings as the Orioles won 5-3.

Jose Bautista hit Gallardo’s first pitch for his 17th home run, and with two outs, Michael Saunders walked, and Russell Martin hit his 16th home run, and Toronto grabbed a 3-0 lead. 

Gallardo (4-7), who was won just one of 12  settled down and retired the last 10 batters he faced. He allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. 

Sanchez (13-2) allowed just two singles and walked two runners in the first four innings. 

With two outs in the fifth, Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop singled with Kim taking third. Manny Machado hit a slow roller to third that Josh Donaldson booted for an error. 

The Blue Jays had sent Sanchez to the minor leagues for 10 days to limit his innings. 

He allowed just the unearned run on five hits in six innings.

Mychal Givens allowed a run in the seventh on an RBI double by Devon Travis, and Saunders hit his 23rd home run of the year against Brad Brach in the eighth. It was Saunders’ seventh home run in 15 games against the Orioles this season. 

Schoop’s 21st home run of the year, a two-run shot off Roberto Osuna with two outs in the ninth made it 5-3.  

NOTES: After Thursday’s off day, the New York Yankees come for three games beginning Friday night. Chad Green (2-3, 4.09) faces Dylan Bundy (7-5, 3.71) in the first game. On Saturday, it will be CC Sabathia (8-11, 4.31) against Kevin Gausman (6-10, 3.73). Michael Pineda (6-11, 5.12) starts for New York on Sunday. The Orioles haven’t named their starter.