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Not Ducky: Perry to Miss 5 Months

September 27, 2018

For the first time since Corey Perry broke into the NHL as a feisty 20-year-old in 2005, the Anaheim Ducks will be without their goal-scoring right wing for a significant amount of time.

Perry is likely to be out for five months after significantly injuring his right knee during warmups for a preseason game.

The 2011 NHL Most Valuable Player had surgery Wednesday, Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. The 33-year-old forward tore his meniscus and injured a knee ligament during warmups at Honda Center on Monday night for a preseason game against Arizona.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will be sidelined four to six weeks with a knee injury. The team says the 23-year-old Jones sprained his knee during the second period of Tuesday night’s preseason game against Buffalo. An MRI on Wednesday revealed the sprain.

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Jays manager won’t return

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will not return next season.

Toronto made the announcement before Wednesday’s game against Houston. The 56-year-old has one season left in a two-year extension he received in April 2017. Gibbons is 791-787 in 11 seasons during two stints managing Toronto, his 1,578 games second only to Cito Gaston’s 1,764. Gibbons also trails Gaston (913) in career wins with Toronto.

Gibbons replaced Carlos Tosca in August 2004, was fired in June 2008 and returned ahead of the 2013 season.

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has a partially torn ligament in his left hand and it’s unclear if he will be available in the postseason for the NL East champions. Swanson traveled from New York to Atlanta to get his wrist and hand examined by team doctors. He will undergo treatment while missing the rest of the regular season, which ends Sunday.

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Jets coach denies report

Todd Bowles was clearly angry, even if his voice never rose above its usual low tone.

The normally stoic New York Jets coach vehemently denied a published report saying that he was stripping defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers of some play-calling duties.

″(It’s) 100 percent false,” Bowles said Wednesday. “Completely a lie. If somebody said it, it didn’t come out of my mouth.”

The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Bowles , according to sources, would call the defensive plays when the Jets face two-minute and hurry-up situations. Bowles is a former NFL defensive coordinator who is also close friends with Rodgers.

The Los Angeles Rams have placed cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve, sidelining the veteran until at least Thanksgiving. Talib will have surgery on his ankle Thursday after getting hurt during the Rams’ (3-0) victory over the Chargers. Marcus Peters, Talib’s fellow former Pro Bowl cornerback, also injured his calf, but isn’t expected to miss as much time.

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