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Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles Has High Ankle Sprain


Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles endured a high ankle sprain in the team's loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday, according to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

Charles injured the ankle in the first quarter after only two carries.

High ankle sprains quite often can keep a player off the field for multiple weeks, but the Chiefs haven't announced any timetable on Charles' return.

"It doesn't look to be a real severe one, but it does have the components of a high ankle sprain," Reid said. "What does that mean? We'll see what happens."

If Charles is out for any length of time, it would be tough on the Chiefs.

The 27-year-old accounted for 1,980 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

After Charles left the game Sunday, Knile Davis took over in the backfield. The second-year running back carried the call 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
                                                                              
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Chargers RB Mathews Has MCL Sprain


Donald Miralle/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy announced Monday that running back Ryan Mathews has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

“Unfortunately Ryan got hurt there (and) he has an MCL sprain,” McCoy said.  “He’ll be out for a little bit of time.  He’ll be back out there as soon as he can.  It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game.  The way he works and the way he’ll rehab, he’ll be back out there as soon as he’s ready.  But it’s all part of the game unfortunately so it will be the next man up, and we’ll keep playing and plugging away.”

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Kaplan, Mathews is expected to miss four weeks.

Mathews was injured in the fourth quarter of the Chargers' victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. He was trying to recover his own fumble when he suffered the injury and had to be taken off the field in a cart.

With Mathews out, the Chargers (1-1) will use Donald Brown, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver at running back.

Mathews rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards while playing in 16 games last season.

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ESPN: RB Ingram Out at Least a Month with Broken Hand


Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is expected to miss at least a month after breaking his hand during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports Ingram suffered the injury in the first half. Despite the injury, Ingram stayed in the game.

Ingram, 24, had been very productive to start the season. In two games he rushed for 143 yards on 24 carries, scoring three touchdowns.

The Saints (0-2) have a deep backfield that includes Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, who have both started games in the NFL.

The Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings (1-1) Sunday in New Orleans.

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Eagles Roar Back, Clip Colts at the Wire


Rich Shultz/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  Trailing by seven with five minutes to play, Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles on two scoring drives, the second ending with Cody Parkey hitting a go-ahead field goal with time expiring, as the Eagles clip the Indianapolis Colts, 30-27, Monday night.

The Colts (0-2) never trailed until Parkey hit the game-winning kick. Indianapolis went into halftime up 17-6 after Andrew Luck found tight end Jack Doyle for a two-yard touchdown. The Colts furthered their lead in the second half when Adam Vinatieri's field goal made it 20-6 with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.

Despite the deficit the Eagles (2-0) never panicked, scoring on two touchdowns in less than two minutes to finish off the third tied 20-20.  The Colts answered back on their first drive of the fourth quarter when Luck threw his third touchdown of the game, a seven-yard pass to Ahmad Bradshaw, to go back up by seven.

The game stayed that way until the the 3:25 mark when Foles found Jeremy Maclin for a six-yard touchdown to tie it up. The Eagles defense made Indianapolis go four and out before Parkey hit the game-winning field goal.

"We felt we had some plays (in the first half), we just couldn't make them," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "But we're going to play 60 minutes and we played 60 minutes."

Darren Sproles made seven catches for 152 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Andrew Luck lost two consecutive games for the first time since joining the NFL, despite throwing three touchdowns. 

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/15/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Philadelphia Eagles 30 (2-0) - Indianapolis Colts 27 (0-2)

MLB: Baltimore Orioles 5 (90-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-72)

Miami Marlins 6 (73-76) – New York Mets 5 (72-79)

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (73-78) – New York Yankees 0 (76-73)

Washington Nationals 4 (86-63) – Atlanta Braves 2 (75-75)

Chicago Cubs 1 (66-84) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (71-80)

Houston Astros 3 (67-83) – Cleveland Indians 1 (76-73)

San Diego Padres 1 (69-80) - Philadelphia Phillies 0 (69-81)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (94-56) - Seattle Mariners 1 (80-69)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-88) - San Francisco Giants 2 (82-68)

Los Angeles Dodgers 11 (86-64) - Colorado Rockies 3 (59-91)

Kansas City Royals 4 (82-67) - Chicago White Sox 3 (68-82)

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Adrian Peterson Sorry for the 'Hurt' He Brought to His Son


Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Adrian Peterson said Monday that he wants the public to "understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child."

Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who was deactivated for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots after being charged with child abuse for allegedly disciplining his son with a switch, made his first public statement on the issue Monday.

"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser," he said in a statement released through his agent and posted on social media Monday.

"I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son," Peterson said.

The incident occurred at his home in Texas this May but was not known publicly until Friday, when he was indicted. He allegedly hit his 4-year-old son with a thin branch, and the incident was reported by a doctor who was concerned about how much the boy was bleeding.

"I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen," Peterson said in the statement. "I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate."

Peterson has never spoken publicly about the ways in which he was disciplined as a child, but alluded to having received similar punishments as a child. He said in his statement, "I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man."

The Vikings deactivated the star running back for last week’s game but announced Monday that he will be reinstated this week. His next hearing is on Wednesday and he has not yet entered a plea.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team met with Peterson and his lawyers several times before allowing him to return to the team this week.

"This is a difficult path to navigate...on how a parent disciplines their child," Spielman said. He added, "We believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out.”

Spielman declined to say whether Peterson's actions were child abuse. 

"We must defer to the legal system to determine if he went too far, but we cannot make that judgment," he said.

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Tiger Woods Says He's Feeling Better


James_Thomas_Photo/Thinkstock(WINDEMERE, FLA.) -- Tiger Woods says his strength has returned but he has yet to hit a golf ball after being sidelined for five weeks.

The 14-time major champion hasn’t played a round of golf since missing the cut at the PGA Championship on August 8. He withdrew from consideration to play on the U.S. team in this month’s Ryder Cup tournament after doctors and trainers advised him that his back muscles needed to be rehabilitated and need to heal.

Woods is also still in search of a new swing coach, after he parted ways with Sean Foley. He is planning to return to the links on December 4 for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

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Jerry Jones: NFL Owners Support Commissioner Roger Goodell


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- As the NFL continues to dominate the headlines for the wrong reasons, Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones says that the owners are standing behind their maligned commissioner, Roger Goodell.

Goodell has been heavily criticized among fans and media for his recent handling of the Ray Rice suspension/fallout. Some have called for his job, but Jones says the league is sticking with him.

"Roger has done an amazing job for the game and that's where I'm going with this," Jones said on Sunday. "At the end of the day, there are a lot of issues, but it's important to keep our eye on the game, the integrity of the game and what we want the game to be."

"Along the way there are going to be mistakes, and when we see them we need to correct them. The game itself is about making mistakes and understanding being contrite, and go out and fix them and do better and then come back and have some success then. And so we're having those kinds of days," he continued.

Jones also added that a league meeting will be held in New York sometime this week.

Goodell has been the NFL's commissioner since 2006.

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Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu Likely to Miss His Next Start, Return Unknown


Matt King/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- With the Los Angeles Dodgers right in the middle of the stretch run of the regular season, they'll be without starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for at least one start as he is dealing with left shoulder irritation.

Ryu was rocked in his most recent start Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. He gave up four earned runs in just one inning of work before leaving the game due to shoulder pain.

He is expected to fly back to Los Angeles on Monday to undergo an MRI.

"If he's out, somebody else has to pick it up," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's kind of what the [Los Angeles] Angels did when [Garrett Richards] went down. Everybody thought it was the end of the world and, all of a sudden, they've been on fire without him."

Ryu said that his latest injury was similar to the one that kept him out of action for nearly a month earlier in the season.

In his second season in Major League Baseball, Ryu is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 26 starts for the Dodgers.

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Reds Starting Pitcher Mat Latos Likely Out Rest of the Season


Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos' injury-plagued season is over. The team is shutting him down so he can get fully healthy and can start preparing for next season.

Latos was scheduled to start on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers, but his start was skipped due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow.

Even though the injury is not considered to be serious, with about two weeks left in the regular season and the Reds playoff hopes all but lost, the team sees no reason to push him and risk further injury.

“We’re not going to try to force feed Mat his last few starts if he’s not feeling really good,” Reds manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It doesn’t make much sense for us. I’d like him to pitch, but I don’t want to exacerbate an existing issue. He’ll have to come quite a ways to make that next start.”

Latos got a late start to the season as he recovered from elbow and knee issues, but was still effective this season when on the mound. In 16 starts, the 26-year-old Latos went 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA.

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