The Sports Xchange
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was not on the field for Tuesday's joint practice with the Chicago Bears after pulling up with an undisclosed injury. The Patriots and Bears are holding three joint practices at Gillette Stadium ending Wednesday. Gronkowski took himself out after going for a pass from quarterback Tom Brady in 7-on-7 drills along the sideline. The severity of the injury was unknown but it does not appear to be a serious issue.
ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore said he was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer known as multiple myeloma. "First, I feel great and my prognosis is good," Gilmore said. "I have great support with an amazing medical team, an incredible wife and family, and amazing friends and colleagues. "Second, my condition was discovered during an annual physical, which I've had done for more than 25 years. Early detection is critical, and I encourage all of you to get annual physicals—cancer does not discriminate, and it will hide if you let it."
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Monday that former Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley has been selected as a senior finalist for the Class of 2017. The Seniors Committee gathered in Canton, Ohio, on Monday and named its finalist in Easley, who was selected with a first-round pick by Seattle in 1981 and played in seven seasons with the club. Easley recorded 32 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries and eight sacks in 89 games with the Seahawks, earning AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award three years later.
Alex Rodriguez will not be playing baseball for the rest of the season, his publicist confirmed on Monday. "I want to put all this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season," publicist Ron Berkowitz wrote in a statement. "It's not happening. Like he said Friday night, he is happy and he is going to take some time to relax and hang with his family and friends."
The Chicago Cubs issued a public apology for a song played by an employee as left-hander Aroldis Chapman walked off the mound during Sunday night's game at Wrigley Field. Chapman worked a scoreless ninth inning in a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and exited to Prodigy's "Smack My (expletive) Up," drawing plenty of backlash on social media. The Cubs said on Monday that the employee has been fired.
Florida State fifth-year senior quarterback Sean Maguire needs surgery on his right foot, and he will miss the start of the season. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Saturday that Maguire needs a screw inserted in the outside of his foot. The operation, scheduled for Monday, will knock Maguire out of the Sept. 5 opener against Ole Miss in Orlando, Fla. The Seminoles hope Maguire might be ready to return to action Sept. 10 against Charleston Southern or Sept. 17 at Louisville.
Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a car crash involving two vehicles early Sunday. Williams, 45, was involved in a crash blocks from Memorial Stadium, where the Cornhuskers play home football games, at approximately 1:50 a.m. and Lincoln Police said his blood-alcohol level was .15, nearly double the legal limit of .08.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—If you were looking for clarity from the Denver Broncos' muddled quarterback position, you didn't find it Thursday in the 22-0 win over Chicago. On a night where the defense showed off the quality of its depth by not allowing the Bears to run a play from inside the Denver 40-yard line and the special teams contributed a touchdown via a Bennie Fowler punt block recovered by Zaire Anderson, the offense was inconsistent, driving to just one touchdown while settling for four field-goal attempts, two of which Brandon McManus connected.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Because Charles Johnson played just one series and Kony Ealy two, Thursday's trip to Baltimore was a big opportunity for the Carolina Panthers' backup defensive ends. But instead of easing concerns about depth, lackluster results from the preseason opener have created more questions about the Panthers' edge rushers. The biggest: Who else is there besides Johnson and Ealy?
New England Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft calls quarterback Tom Brady "an exceptional human being" who was treated unfairly by the NFL over Deflategate. Last month Brady opted to drop his legal fight against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, and accept his four-game suspension. Kraft said he is upset with the way the league handled the long legal battle against the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.