Jimmy Garoppolo is not expected play Thursday but may return for Week 4

Jimmy Garoppolo has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Garoppolo is not expected to take the field this week when the Patriots face the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. According to Garafolo, it’s possible Garoppolo will be healthy enough to play in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills.

Garoppolo left the New England Patriots’ Week 2 matchup against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter after being injured Dwight Lowery Jersey during a hit by Kiko Alonso. Still, the Patriots were able to hold off the Dolphins for a 31-24 win.

Prior to injury, Garoppolo had 234 yards and threw three touchdowns for the Patriots.

LIONS LOSE STARTING RB: Ameer Abdullah placed on injured reserve. The Detroit Lions starting running back is out at least six weeks. They added George Winn to practice squad.

PICKS PICKS PICKS: NFL Eric Weddle Jersey picks 2016, Week 3: Experts see big wins for the Packers and Panthers. Sure, it’s not a stretch to see a unanimous vote for the Dolphins to beat the Browns, but is this week really that much of a sure thing for the Panthers and Packers?

VON MILLER IS THE BEST: Kubiak says Broncos edge rusher Von Miller is “as good as I’ve ever seen.” No. 58 is picking up where he left off last season. Von Miller wrecked the Colts, and that earned him the Hoss of the Week award. The Colts didn’t double-team him. And, yes, you absolutely WILL believe what happened next.

HOPE FOR OAKLAND: Is there new hope for the Raiders to stay in Oakland? There is some more positive news coming out of Oakland Tuesday regarding a potential buyer for the Coliseum and some positive spin from Roger Goodell.

“If it comes down to making somebody uncomfortable by speaking the truth, then I’ll always make you uncomfortable with the truth, [rather] than make you feel comfortable with a lie.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Jenkins discussed the idea of the protest with him ahead of time, and he respected players’ decisions to demonstrate in this manner.

Drysdale used a nasty sidearm fastball and a tenacious demeanor on the mound

LOS ANGELES — When the Dodgers moved to Los 50 years ago, they brought with them a tradition of starting pitching. First it was Koufax and Drysdale, then it was Orel Hershiser and Valenzuela. between, there were names like Sutton, Podres and. Starting pitching has been a hallmark of the Dodgers organization and continues to be the strength of the team as it enters the 2008. This month, Dodgers fans be able to vote for three starting pitchers for the All-Time Roster as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Dodgers Marco Belinelli Jersey moving to Los. Other positions follow the coming months as fans put together the squad, to be announced during the 2008 campaign. Below is a list of 11 candidates with a quick overview of their careers with the Dodgers. The rest is up to you, the fans, who have watched and cheered for your favorite Dodgers over the years: Drysdale: A dominant and intimidating right-handed pitcher, Drysdale teamed up with fellow hurler Koufax to form one of the most dominating one-two combinations the modern.

Drysdale used a nasty sidearm fastball and a tenacious demeanor on the mound to intimidate hitters. He won 15 or more seven times his 14-year career with the Dodgers and produced his best Dodger blue 1962, when he won 25 and the Cy Award. A nine-time All-, Drysdale helped the Dodgers win three World Series championships. From to early of 1968, Drysdale set a record of 58 3 consecutive scoreless innings that would last for 20 years until fellow Dodger Hershiser broke it 1988. Drysdale ended his career 1969 with 209 wins, 2 strikeouts, 167 Mike Bibby Jersey complete and 49 shutouts. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame 1984 and his No. 53 was officially retired at Dodger Stadium on July 1. Orel Hershiser: The Bulldog, as he was known, was one of the best big-game pitchers to wear a Dodgers uniform. Hershiser enjoyed a solid rookie 1984 and had a breakthrough year the following, when he went 19 with a 2. Hershiser, who was named to the National League All- team three times 18 League seasons, put together one of the best years baseball history 1988 when he led the underdog Dodgers to a World Series title. The righty dominated, winning 23, the Cy Award and a Gold Glove, while posting a 2.

His biggest accomplishment came the playoffs, when he pitched a shutout Game 7 of the NLCS after starting Games 1 and 3 against the Mets and recorded the final out Game 4. He was named NLCS MVP and won two against the Athletics the World Series, earning MVP honors once again. That same, Hershiser broke Drysdale’s record with 59 scoreless innings. He finished his career 2000 as a member of the Dodgers with a record of 204 with 2 strikeouts and 3. Hooton: The hurler from Texas with a trademark knuckle curveball baffled hitters for 10 seasons with the Dodgers. Hooten, who was nicknamed Happy by former manager Lasorda because he hardly ever smiled, came to the Dodgers via trade 1975 and won 18 his first Los. Hooten had his best with the Dodgers 1978 when he went 19 with a 2, but gained most of his recognition the playoffs, where he was at his best. 1981, Hooten was named the MVP of the NLCS after defeating the Expos twice without allowing a run. the World Series against the Yankees, Hooton won Game 1, allowing just six hits before leaving the eighth inning, and then clinched the Series for the Dodgers with a win Game 6. :, who won 288 his 26-year League career, is considered one of the most dominant left-handers to play the game. His 288 wins rank as the sixth highest total among lefties League history. came to the Dodgers 1972 and won 27 his first two seasons. 1974, after cruising to a 13 record, blew out his elbow, permanently damaging the ulnar collateral ligament his pitching arm. however, was undeterred and convinced Dr. Frank Jobe to perform a revolutionary surgery now known as surgery. After sitting out entire, returned to the Dodgers 1976 and went 10, but he wasn’t done there. went on to enjoy his best Dodger blue the following year, posting a 20 record with 123 strikeouts and a 2. A four-time All-, won 164 after undergoing the surgery and finished his career 1989 as a member of the Yankees. Koufax: Koufax is arguably the best left-hander to ever play the Majors. Known for his four no-hitters and a stretch of six outstanding seasons from 1961 which he won three Cy Awards and the National League MVP award 1963, Koufax was the Dodgers’ go-to-. During that incredible six-year stretch, Koufax won 129 and threw all four no-hitters, including the first perfect game by a lefty since 1880.

Menu Carlos Beltran and Carpenter hit solo homers, tossed seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves

Menu Carlos Beltran and Carpenter hit solo homers, tossed seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves, 6, on Saturday. Beltran went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Cardinals, who have won four a row. Holliday knocked two runs and scored once, while Yadier Molina had RBI. allowed one run on three hits while striking out six. My main goal tonight was to just keep my focus the entire game and just attack the zone, said. That’s kind of what I’ve been lacking a little bit. hit a solo homer for the NL East-leading Braves, who have dropped the first three contests of this four-game series. Laird had RBI. Atlanta starter Julio Teheran gave up four runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking five over six-plus frames. It’s a combination of tough pitching and we’re not swinging it well right now really well, said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Sometimes you run into a hot team, like they are right now. The score was 1 after and Carpenter homered for their respective teams the first inning. Beltran homered to right with one down the third to make it 2 St. Louis and give the hosts Dennis Johnson Jersey the lead for good. retired 10 straight batters before giving up a two-out single to Andrelton Simmons the seventh. B.J. Upton grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. The Cardinals tacked on three more runs the bottom half of the frame. Pinch-hitter Robinson and Carpenter singled to put runners on the corners. Holliday’s two-run double to right-center field and Molina’s run- scoring single up the middle made it 5. Beltran’s RBI single the eighth made it a five-run contest. Randy Choate started on the mound for the Cardinals the ninth. McCann hit a two-out single before Seth Maness came from the bullpen. Simmons singled before Laird’s RBI double to right plated McCann. Mujica came to record the final out of the game for his 34th save of the. Game Notes The series is tied 3… The Cardinals went 4-for-10 with runners scoring position and stranded nine, while Atlanta Evan Turner Jersey went 1-for-2 with RISP and left six men on.

Saturday’s, tap-danced his way out of allowing runs, but he did allow some emotion to seep through. worked his way out of a two-on, no-out situation with his team clinging to a one-run lead the eighth inning. Actually, it was more perilous than that — went 3 on the third hitter and the A’s had visions of bases loaded and none out. But got a strikeout and later a double play and wiggled out of the inning. After the double play, the normally reserved and stoic pumped his fist and shouted. Sometimes you get a little lucky and it excites you, said, smiling. Getting men on first and second and getting Vogt and Zobrist, some of the toughest outs baseball, that was kind of something. Manager Ned Yost agreed. We were all pumping our fists at that time, Yost said. It’s a big series for both teams. These are fun., who has given up just one run 32 innings this year, fell behind Vogt 3, mainly because he lost his release point. Just driving too much with body, said. After a visit to the mound by pitching coach Dave Eiland, tried to focus on keeping his body sync with his arm. Suddenly, 3 became 3 and then strike three on Vogt on a terrific cutter on the outside corner. Sure was nice to get an out there, said. Up came ‘ old teammate at Tampa Bay, Zobrist. Probably his weakness is a changeup, and I really ‘t have one, said. But got Zobrist to offer on a cutter, and Zobrist chopped one back to and that started a double play. That’s his mental toughness, Yost said.

It was a cue shot, said Sanders. I was just trying to put the ball play and hopefully something happened. I was able to put it play and I was able to get a hit out of it and two RBIs. After Carpenter was pulled, the Cards went to rookie Brad Thompson, who was touched for a run his playoff debut. Flores, also making his first postseason appearance, allowed a homer to Eric that made it 8, and Cal Eldred was charged with a pair of runs after allowing two hits the ninth. It got hairier against closer Jason Isringhausen, who permitted four straight base hits to allow the go-ahead run to come to the plate. Isringhausen fanned former Oakland teammate Hernandez to end the game. The Cardinals improved to 4 all-time against San postseason play. Game 2 of the Division Series is set for Thursday at 3 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium, with Mulder facing Astacio. Matthew Leach is a reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

When you look back at individual goals, I made a bunch of them

PITTSBURGH — Votto ‘s 143rd and final walk of the 2015 extended his League lead. The Reds first baseman had to really grind out the plate appearance to get it, but he ultimately fell a percentage point short of overtaking the Nationals’ Harper for the MLB lead on-base percentage. Facing left-hander J.A. Happ the top of the sixth inning with Doug Martin Jersey two outs during to the Pirates, Votto walked on the 13th pitch. After a 2 count, Votto fouled off five-straight fastballs before he looked at ball 3 — a 78-mph curveball. Another three-straight fastballs were fouled off the full count. Happ’s 13th pitch was a fastball that missed high and inside. the eighth inning against lefty Tony Watson, Votto hit a single into center field to finish the day 1-for-3.

Meanwhile, Harper went 1-for-4 to finish with a.460 OBP that was just ahead of Votto’s.459. Votto did own the Majors’ longest streak of reaching safely this — 48 games — which was snapped on Saturday night. That left him tied with Pete for the franchise record. By reaching a club-record 319 times this, Votto led the Majors over Harper, who reached 301 times. Although the 64 Reds did not contend for the postseason, and finished last the National League Central, a few other players also led statistical categories. Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani led all Evan Dietrich-Smith Jersey League rookies with 184 3 innings and was tied for the lead with 31 starts. Frazier led the NL with 619 at-bats this, but his 43 doubles left him tied for second the league and one behind Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals. Frazier was 2-for-3 with two singles on. With 35 home runs this, he was only the third player Reds history to hit 30 homers while primarily playing third base. Looking at the team goals, we didn’t make those. It’s right there written stone. It didn’t start off well and didn’t end well, Frazier said.

When you look back at individual goals, I made a bunch of them. All all, you want to be the playoffs. You want to win your division. Billy Hamilton ‘s late- right shoulder injury left him at 57 stolen bases, and he lost his League lead to the Marlins’ Dee. But the Reds came away with the team lead steals — 134, two ahead of Arizona. Skip Schumaker led the Majors with 19 hits as a pinch-hitter, the most the league since 2010. Schumaker batted the ninth inning and hit a laser of a low-liner to right field that was caught nicely by Polanco, leaving him Schumaker one hit shy of tying Jacob ‘s 2005 club record. And what has been well-chronicled all, the Reds led the Majors starts by a rookie pitcher with 110, a modern franchise record, including MLB-record 64 to end the. All the individual stuff, being able to watch have unbelievably great year. was exceptional as well, Reds manager Price said. To see DeSclafani come and emerge as a League starting pitcher and the introduction of Raisel Iglesias, those are individual things that are terrific. Once we decided to go all with this youth movement, we have to go through this stage order to get better. That doesn’t mean we had to struggle like we did. The pitching wasn’t good. And the young starters we’re putting a lot of expectation on have to get a lot better between now and next. But this is that beginning of seeing what we have and what we can do with this group.

MULDER and Scully are reunited the first glimpse at the revamped TV show. It’s been 13 years since the special agents – played by Duchovny and – were last on our screens and last month, fans were teased with a picture of their first day of filming on the X Files set. Now, with 201 days until the new instalments, Fox have released a tantalising teaser for 201 Days of The X-Files, featuring scenes from old episodes and encouraging fans to watch one a day until the new series lands. It ends with the brand new footage, with the sci-fi legends sweeping the room with torches. And while Mulder is still searching for the truth, Scully seems to be taking a more cynical view of the world. Mulder is heard telling his partner: I believe what we’re looking for is the X Files. I’m more certain than ever I’m sure the truth is there. She replies:I’ve heard the truth Mulder, now what I want is the answers. The countdown ends on January 24. We just can’t wait. Related articles.

Watson led the Falcons at the intermission with 15 points

The first half, after the score was tied at 12, a Watson three pointer put the Falcons up for good the frame. The Falcons’ extended their lead to 14 points with 1 left the frame after taking a double-digit lead Sergio Romo Jersey at 36 with 3 on the clock. The 14-point lead the first half proved to be the Falcons’ largest lead of the contest. At the break, Albertus led 42 as the Falcons hit 8-of-21 from behind the arc and shot 50% from the field.

Watson led the Falcons at the intermission with 15 points, while Davis added 13. Ljuljdjuraj registered 12 first-half rebounds, including 11 on the defensive end. Purchase shot just 28% the opening half and only hit three of their 11 attempts from three-point land. Purchase cut the Falcons’ lead to four at 51 the opening minutes of the second half before keeping the game close. With just over 11 minutes to go the contest, the Panthers tied the score at 60 before taking a 63 lead on a Franklin Mickens three-pointer. The two-point lead was the Panthers’ first since leading 1 to begin the game.

The Panthers pushed out to a four-point Tim Lincecum Jersey lead at 65, their largest of the game, and held the lead until a Jennings fast-break layup put the Falcons ahead 72. Purchase tied the score again at 74 apiece before a Lemar Larsen bucket put the Falcons up for good. Watson hit two key free-throws the final minutes of the contest to give the Falcons a 79 lead and then followed that up with a three-pointer to give the Falcons a seven-point advantage.

their first-ever meeting, the Falcons tally the first notch the win column with the eight-point victory. Albertus will host Johnson & Wales on Wednesday at 7 p.m. a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match-up New Haven. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

In case you’re wondering … Case Keenum, not Jared Goff, is still the Rams’ QB

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Yes, Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher was asked Monday about replacing Case Keenum with Jared Goff at quarterback.

Yes, Keenum remains his guy.

“I don’t want to be a broken record here,” Fisher said of Goff, “but we’re going to play him when he’s ready.”

Goff, taken No. 1 overall in the 2016 draft, was promoted from an inactive third-stringer to the Rams’ primary backup Sunday and watched from the sideline as his team snuck out a 9-3 win over the division-rival Seattle Seahawks in front of more than 91,000 fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was the first regular-season NFL game there since Christmas Eve of 1994.

Fisher called it “a great experience” for Goff.

“He loved it,” said the coach. “I talked to him this morning. I said, ‘This is going to be your home for a long time.’ He was excited about that.”

Keenum, who had struggled in Week 1, played better on Sunday, going 18 of 30 for 239 yards without committing a turnover. But the Rams remain the only NFL team that has yet to score a touchdown, and Keenum’s QBR through the first two weeks (20.7) was easily the worst among the 31 qualifying quarterbacks when Monday began.

By the end of Week 3, as many as four quarterbacks drafted after Goff will have started an NFL game. Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles (second overall) and Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys (135th) have started each of the first two games. Cody Kessler (93rd) is expected to start for the Cleveland Browns next weekend, with Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown both dealing with shoulder injuries. And Jacoby Brissett (91st) could start for the New England Patriots Thursday now that their backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, has suffered a sprained AC joint.

To be fair, three of the aforementioned names will have become the main guy under center because of injuries to a starter. The other, Wentz, was named the starter after the trade of Sam Bradford and has played brilliantly, completing 61 percent of his passes for 468 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Broncos extend Emmanuel Sanders’ contract through 2019

The Denver Broncos on Wednesday agreed to a three-year extension with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Sanders’ contract is worth $33 million, with $27 million fully guaranteed.

We’ve crunched the numbers using our projections of Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings, which account for general statistical trends and specific personnel changes. The numbers here come from an updated set of projections that account for preseason injuries and suspensions. For major injuries that don’t have a definite timetable, we assumed Tony Romo would be back by Week 12 with a 50 percent chance of returning between Week 8 and Week 11, and we assumed Justin Houston would return to the Kansas City Chiefs sometime between Week 7 and Week 10.

Of course, the strongest projected schedule for 2016 is only about half as strong as the hardest schedule from 2015, because our team projections are naturally conservative. Going into a new season, no team is guaranteed to be as good as last year’s best team or as bad as last year’s worst team.

Here are all 32 teams ranked in order from the hardest projected schedule to the easiest. You can read the full file or skip directly to your team using the links below.

This is what happens when you play in a division with the two of the best teams in the NFL. In fact, Seattle and Arizona are the two best teams going into 2016, according to our projections, and the Rams are about average. It doesn’t help that the two teams the 49ers play by virtue of finishing last in 2015, Dallas and Chicago, are both expected to improve this season. At least the 49ers’ game against the Cowboys comes in Week 4, long before Tony Romo has any hope of returning.

“It’s why we drafted him where we drafted him,” he said. “It’s why we [traded for] DeMarco. DeMarco is as good as I thought he was, too. So we’re pretty fortunate. Nobody’s shown that they are not capable of being pretty darn good for us.”

The Titans don’t plan to designate anyone as the third-down back, and feel comfortable with either player being on the field when he is more likely to be asked to block or run a route.

Trevor Siemian wasn’t handed QB job, he won it

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian is the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. Some may be surprised by that, but let it be known Chris Harris Jr. tried to warn you.

In late May, the Broncos’ Pro Bowl cornerback strolled off the practice field and dropped this little bit of foreshadowing: “Trevor has a maturity to him. He’s kind of the sleeper, I would say. Of course Mark [Sanchez] and Paxton [Lynch] are going to be the headlines, but Trevor knows the offense. He’s very comfortable and can throw the ball, too. We’ve also seen him make big plays in the preseason games under the lights. I wouldn’t sleep on Trevor to win the job.’’

Well, hello Football America, because Siemian has won the job. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made the announcement in a team meeting Monday morning that Siemian would start Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers.

“I’ve always got the itch to play,’’ he said. “I don’t like sitting out too long.

“It was tough just because I love my teammates. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. They were a part of me during the whole struggle [with cancer]. It was definitely hard not to be here and let alone [not] practice but just [not] being around them on a daily basis. That was kind of tough for me.’’

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick in San Francisco for four seasons before leaving for the Michigan job last year. Harbaugh benched Alex Smith in favor of Kaepernick in 2012, giving Kaepernick an opportunity to rise to a higher profile in the NFL.

Harbaugh’s brother — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh — said Monday that he respected Kaepernick’s right to protest, even if he doesn’t agree with how he’s doing it.

“Voltaire so eloquently stated, ‘I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend it until death your right to say it,'” John Harbaugh said. “That’s a principle that our country is founded on. I don’t think you cannot deny someone the right to speak out or mock or make fun or belittle anybody else’s opinion.”

John Harbaugh, however, said it’s a fine line between standing up for what you believe in and not becoming a distraction to the team. He tells his players that you have to make sure you believe what you say publicly because you have to own it.

Jared Goff gets the hype, but Case Keenum remains Rams’ starter

IRVINE, Calif. — It was Thursday, which meant it was Jared Goff’s day to take questions from the assembled media. That’s how it has been every week since the start of training camp. Goff, the backup quarterback, has his own day to speak. Case Keenum, the starting quarterback, talks whenever somebody asks for him.

Keenum was asked if he currently feels like the starting quarterback.

“Yeah,” he said, “I do.”

And why is that?

“Because I am,” Keenum said. “And that’s the way I’m going to treat it. And even if I’m not, that’s how I’m going to treat it. To be ready to go. In my own mind. Maybe not in everybody else’s mind, but I’ve treated it like that ever since I was a kid.”

Based on this picture, it looks like the converted Navy quarterback is on the verge of sliding off the roster bubble. The Baltimore Ravens see it differently.

Coaches are raving about Reynolds’ aggressiveness on coverage teams, his work ethic, and his athletic skills.

“He is America’s finest in my view,” special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. “You see him in the meetings, see him on the field. He is doing everything he can to get good at a lot of things, and we are practicing him at a lot of places. He has to find a place, and we have to find a place for him in the games. He is ready to roll.”

Reynolds was one of the most decorated players in Navy history as a triple-option quarterback, finishing as the FBS all-time leader in total touchdowns and winning more games than any other quarterback in school history. The Ravens were elated to draft him in the sixth round with the intention of switching him to a wide receiver and returner.

In two preseason games, Reynolds has struggled to get separation and has had only one pass thrown in his direction. He acknowledged the process has been “humbling.”

“This is the highest level and this is the best players in the world,” Reynolds said. “It’s definitely difficult no matter if you’ve been playing receiver position your whole life or a few months. I think I’ve gotten better throughout offseason workouts and [training] camp. I will continue to build on that.”

As a returner, Reynolds has had his troubles fielding punts. It seemed like he had one drop a day in training camp, and he has yet to return a punt in a preseason game (one fair catch). The Ravens didn’t give one opportunity to Reynolds for a punt return in last week’s preseason game.

Carroll has talked about Rawls and Michael forming a one-two punch. It’s unclear whether Rawls will see any action in the final preseason game next week against Oakland, but he’ll be ready to go when the season starts Sept. 11 against Miami.

Michael, meanwhile, has put himself in position to fill a complementary role. And if Rawls suffers a setback or a different injury, Michael will be the primary ball-carrier.

“A one-two punch sounds great,” Michael said. “I’m here to help contribute, help contribute to Thomas, Russell [Wilson], this offense. Just try to fit in.”

Carroll was asked when he realized that Michael appeared to be a changed man.

“I think we’re still learning,” Carroll said. “We’re watching him. This is about consistency now. It’s about the long haul and all of that.

“The first time we talked when he came back to us, we talked to him in John [Schneider’s] office, greeting him back and all that, and he was very humbled by what had happened. He had the signs of a guy who wanted to see if he could turn this thing around, and that’s where our conversation started. We’ve only thought of that and spoken to him in that manner and expected him to make this turn in hopes that he would, and he’s done a great job.”

Even though Wilson led the NFL in passer rating last season, Carroll still wants the run game to shape the Seahawks’ offensive identity. And with the opener a little more than two weeks away, it looks like Michael will join Rawls as the backs to carry the torch from Lynch.

“This drill busts his butt every time,” Cooper said, “because he doesn’t run like this. He’s used to running a certain way, so this gets him out of it. That’s why this is so dynamic: It makes an old dog have to learn new tricks.”

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman drops 4 pounds by cutting off dreadlocks

Perriman, who returned to practice Tuesday and expects to play in the regular-season opener, likes his new haircut. In fact, he has just one complaint.

“It just gets cold sometimes,” he said with a smile.

Ever since the Cowboys drafted Elliott in April with the fourth overall pick, the expectations have been as high as those for Michael Phelps at the Olympics. Whatever the equivalent is to five gold medals on the football field, that’s what Elliott has to do as a rookie running back.

It’s not fair, but that’s part of the price of being picked so high and placed in an offense with quarterback Tony Romo, Bryant, tight end Jason Witten and the best line in football.

Elliott’s introduction has been largely low-key. On Aug. 2, he was unable to finish practice because of a sore hamstring. He missed the next eight practices in Oxnard, California, and did not play in the Cowboys’ first two preseason games.

Davis’ injury adds to a secondary that is dealing with a number of setbacks. Patrick Robinson, who is expected to start with Davis, has a groin injury. Nickel cornerback Darius Butler is working his way back from a hamstring injury.

Pagano described his current cornerback situation as being “scary.”

The biggest source of frustration during the first events at the stadium was with the entry and exit from the stadium, as most fans filed through the pivoting glass doors on the stadium’s west side, creating bottlenecks going to and from the light rail platform. The Vikings estimate 75 percent of fans will enter the stadium through the glass doors during its first season, and there’s little doubt the must-take-selfie-at-new-stadium impulse had a hand in clogging the lines as fans got their first taste of the new venue.

During his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, Belichick didn’t specify when Brady would return, saying it would be when his personal situation “clears up.”

Comcast SportsNet first reported that Brady had an excused absence.

Brady also had an excused absence from the team’s first preseason game on Aug. 11 against the New Orleans Saints as the team said he was attending memorial services for a family member.

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