Alex Smith out of the hospital...Vikings get offense going...Heupel, Kelly, Saban finalists for AP coach of year
UNDATED (AP) — Washington quarterback Alex Smith has been released from the hospital following multiple surgeries on his broken right leg. Smith suffered a spiral fracture in his right leg in a game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 18 and had surgery the next 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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With a new play caller on the job, the Minnesota Vikings have produced their highest-scoring first quarter since Oct. 9, 2011. The Vikings scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead over Miami. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski was promoted to interim offensive coordinator after John DeFilippo was fired last week.
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 tomorrow.
MIAMI (AP) — FIU running back Shawndarrius Phillips won’t 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. Phillips appeared in 11 games for the Panthers, rushing for 393 yards and four touchdowns.
SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — The Swiss ski team says that “scans on the skull showed no serious injury” to Marc Gisin following his dramatic crash in a World Cup downhill yesterday, but he has injuries elsewhere on his body. A team statement says Gisin fractured several ribs on his right side, his right lung was injured, his pelvis was dented slightly, and he has a “few, non-serious fractures on the spine.”