Ouch! Cowboys star TE has lacerated spleen

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Ouch! Cowboys star TE has lacerated spleen

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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Witten has a spleen injury and the Pro Bowl tight end for the Dallas Cowboys will likely miss the rest of the preseason. It is unclear if Witten will be ready for the Cowboys' regular season opener in three weeks, Sept. 5 at the New York Giants. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that Witten sustained a "slightly lacerated" spleen in the preseason opener Monday night. He said Witten has to remain still as much as possible over the next week so he can heal. "It's a very serious injury and we're really taking this thing day by day," Garrett said. "He has to be very still and idle for the next week to 10 days, so you won't see him out here on the practice field. He won't play in the game this week or next week. We've just got to make sure he heals as well as possible, as quickly as possible." Witten will be reassessed in about a week, and surgery is an option if the spleen isn't healing properly by then, the coach said. Witten apparently got hurt after he caught a pass from a scrambling Tony Romo and was immediately hit from the side by Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain. The play resulted in a 2-yard loss. Witten has missed only one game in his nine NFL seasons. That was during his rookie season in 2003 when he had a broken jaw. Witten, a seven-time Pro Bowler, has 696 career receptions, second in team history behind only Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin's 750. John Phillips, a fourth-year player, was the tight end with the first-team offense during the walk-through session Wednesday as the team prepped for Saturday's preseason game at San Diego. The Cowboys have signed free agent tight end Harry Flaherty, the nephew of the head coach and tight ends coach John Garrett. He signed with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Princeton last season but he was cut early in camp. To make room on the roster for Flaherty, the Cowboy waived injured guard Bill Nagy.

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Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

When you’re fighting for a playoff spot, it’s not only about what happens to you. It’s also about what happens to the teams you’re competing against for that playoff spot. And one of the Redskins’ main competitors got some very bad news this morning.

The Giants, who are in the No. 5 spot in the NFC, the first wild card spot, got word today that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has had sports hernia surgery. The recovery time is at least four weeks, probably more like six. The Giants’ season is likely to be over by the time six weeks elapse, barring a playoff run without one of their best defensive players.

Pierre-Paul has helped solidify what was a shaky Giants defense last year. He has seven sacks and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. He has been heating up down the stretch with 5.5 sacks in his last three games.

His loss is a big blow for the Giants. They are a game ahead of the Buccaneers, who hold the No. 6 spot, and a game and a half ahead of the Redskins, who are currently seventh.

The Redskins play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins have to pick up just one game on the Giants over the next three to have a shot at passing them in the season finale.

The chances of that happening looked pretty good with Washington playing playing three teams with losing records in the Eagles, Panthers, and Bears and the Giants going against division leaders Dallas and Detroit in addition to the Eagles. With the Giants now without Pierre-Paul, the Redskins’ probabilities got tilted in their direction a little bit more.

Just finishing ahead of the Giants wouldn’t guarantee a playoff spot but it would come close. It would mean that the Redskins would have at least nine wins and the Redskins’ tie means that two teams would have to get to 10 wins to knock them out of the playoffs. The Bucs have to win three more games to get to nine wins and the Packers and Vikings would have to run the table.

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Alex Ovechkin trails Sidney Crosby after first week of All-Star voting

Alex Ovechkin trails Sidney Crosby after first week of All-Star voting

One week into the voting for the 2017 NHL All-Star game and Alex Ovechkin has some work to do if he wants to be named captain of the Metropolitan Division team for the second season in a row.

The NHL released the top five vote-getters after one week of voting. Ovechkin sits in second behind rival Sidney Crosby.

Here are the Metropolitan Division’s top five:

  1. Sidney Crosby
  2. Alex Ovechkin
  3. Phil Kessel
  4. John Tavares
  5. Taylor Hall

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Crosby was not selected to last season’s All-Star Game, but this year he may be hard to catch. Not normally a top goal-scorer, Crosby currently leads the NHL in goals with 17. Ovechkin, meanwhile, has only 12 to this point, good for 10th in the league.

Ovechkin was voted team captain last season, but withdrew from the game with an injury.

Here are the top five players from each of the other divisions:

Atlantic

  1. Carey Price
  2. Jaromir Jagr
  3. Shea Weber
  4. Jack Eichel
  5. Patrice Bergeron

Central

  1. Patrick Kane
  2. P.K. Subban
  3. Jonathan Toews
  4. Patrik Laine
  5. Vladimir Tarasenko

Pacific

  1. Connor McDavid
  2. Brent Burns
  3. Johnny Gaudreau
  4. Anze Kopitar
  5. Joe Thornton

Fans can vote at NHL.com/vote through Jan. 2. The game will take place on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles.

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