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December 16, 2018


Redskins QB Alex Smith released from hospital, back home

UNDATED (AP) — Washington quarterback Alex Smith has been released from the hospital following multiple surgeries on his broken right leg.

His wife, Elizabeth Smith, posted an update on Instagram on Sunday morning and said she was grateful to have her husband home. She said the last month “has been a difficult ride” and thanked all who helped them through it, including doctors, nurses, techs, hospital administrators and the Washington Redskins.

Smith sustained a spiral fracture to his right leg when he was sacked in a game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 18. He underwent surgery the following day to repair his fibula and tibia. NFL Network and Washington’s 106.7 FM reported that a leg infection complicated his recovery and required further procedures.


Bills missing running backs McCoy and Ivory

UNDATED (AP) — Bills starting running back LeSean McCoy and his backup, Chris Ivory, are both inactive for Buffalo’s home game against the Detroit Lions.

McCoy is out after hurting his left hamstring and Ivory hurt his left shoulder in a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets last weekend. The injuries leave Buffalo with two healthy running backs in rookies Marcus Murphy and Keith Ford, who was promoted from the practice squad this week.

Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka is active despite nursing a hip injury.

For the Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford will make his 126th consecutive start despite being listed as questionable due to a back injury. Running back Kerryon Johnson will miss his fourth consecutive game with a knee injury.

Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde is a healthy scratch against Washington, a clear sign his days in Jacksonville are done. The Jags traded a fifth-round pick to Cleveland for Hyde in October. He is due to make $4.75 million in 2019, a salary Jacksonville seems unwilling to pay for a backup.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton is active despite missing all three days of practice this week with an injured ankle.

In other Week 15 lineup news around the league:

— Falcons receiver Julio Jones is active after missing practice one day this week with flu-like symptoms. Atlanta is still without running back Devonta Freeman and has the NFL’s worst rushing attack. Tight end Austin Hooper is active despite a sore knee he hurt last week at Green Bay.

— Arizona running back David Johnson is playing despite a sore quadriceps, so Chase Edmonds should get plenty of chances. The Cardinals have placed 16 players on injured reserve this season. Arizona has the league’s worst scoring offense and has placed six offensive linemen on IR.

— The Green Bay Packers will be without right tackle Bryan Bulaga and defensive lineman Kenny Clark for their game against the Chicago Bears. Bulaga is out with a knee injury. Jason Spriggs is expected to replace Bulaga at right tackle for the second straight week. Clark is out with an elbow injury.

— Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, whose seven interceptions are tied for the league lead, missed his second straight game because of a knee injury. Minkah Fitzpatrick moved into the starting lineup in his place.

— Giants rookie QB Kyle Lauletta is back to being No. 3 after ugly debut in fourth quarter last week. Alex Tanney the backup to Eli Manning this week.

— Indy’s starting center Ryan Kelly returns to the lineup after missing the previous three games with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Right guard Mark Glowinski was ruled out Friday with an injured ankle and Joe Haeg replaces him in the lineup.

— Cowboys guard Zack Martin will miss the first game of his five-year career, and his first chance to play in front of his hometown fans, because of a sprained MCL in his left knee. He will be replaced by Connor Williams and Xavier Su’a Filo replaces Williams at left guard.

— With Ravens QB Joe Flacco off the inactive list for the first time since Nov. 18, Robert Griffin III will be inactive for Baltimore.

— The Buccaneers will be without WR DeSean Jackson (thumb), who ranks third on the team with 40 catches and has scored 5 TDs.

— Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is inactive for the second straight game with a concussion.

— The Raiders are missing left tackle Kelechi Osemele, sidelined for the second straight game with a toe injury. Right tackle Gabe Jackson is playing despite an elbow injury.


Heupel, Kelly, Saban are finalists for AP coach of year

UNDATED (AP) — UCF’s Josh Heupel, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Alabama’s Nick Saban are the finalists for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons.

The winner will be announced Monday.

Heupel guided No. 7 Central Florida (12-0) to a second consecutive unbeaten season. The American Athletic Conference champions will play No. 11 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Kelly led the third-ranked Fighting Irish (12-0) to its first College Football Playoff appearance. The Irish play No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 29. Saban has No. 1 Alabama (13-0) in the playoff for the fifth consecutive season. The Crimson Tide won the Southeastern Conference and face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 29.

In other college football news:

— FIU running back Shawndarrius Phillips will not accompany the team to the Bahamas Bowl this week, following his arrest on a domestic violence charge. Phillips was arrested Dec. 12, nearly six months after the alleged incident took place. Court records show a woman who had dated the player filed a report on June 18 with the Broward County sheriff’s office and claimed Phillips choked her. The case was disposed in August. However, records also show a second case stemming from the same incident was opened at that time and a warrant for Phillips’ arrest was issued Aug. 24.


Hirscher dominates to win Alta Badia GS 6th straight year

LA VILLA, Italy (AP) — Marcel Hirscher dominated to extend his record by winning the Alta Badia giant slalom for a sixth straight year Sunday and reclaimed the overall World Cup lead.

Adding to his first-run advantage, Hirscher finished a massive 2.53 seconds ahead of Thomas Fanara of France, who moved up from 14th after the opening leg. Alexis Pinturault, another Frenchman, finished third, 2.69 behind.

Hirscher already became the first man to win five successive GS races at a single ski resort with his victory in Badia last year. The only other man to win six GS races at one resort is Ted Ligety, who accomplished it over seven years at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Hirscher’s Austrian teammate Manuel Feller finished fourth and Tommy Ford of the United States was fifth in a career-best result. Ligety failed to finish his first run on the Gran Risa course.


Swiss ski team: No serious injury to Gisin’s skull, spine

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — The Swiss team says that “scans on the skull showed no serious injury” to Marc Gisin following his dramatic crash in a World Cup downhill but the skier does have several broken bones elsewhere on his body.

A team statement Sunday says Gisin fractured several ribs on his right side, his right lung was also injured, his pelvis was dented slightly, plus he has a “few, non-serious fractures on the spine.”

Gisin will remain hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Lucerne Canton Hospital in Switzerland.

The 30-year-old Gisin lost control before a jump midway down Saturday, flew into the air and landed awkwardly on his side and back, right in the middle of the Saslong course’s famous camel bumps. He was then bumped into the air again and the back of his head hit the snow in a second impact. He lay motionless on the course before doctors and trainers arrived. A rescue helicopter took him to a hospital in nearby Bolzano, and he was later airlifted to Lucerne later Saturday evening.

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