The 49ers are going to be without cornerback Richard Sherman for a spell.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Sherman is going to be placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.
Sherman played 78-of-82 snaps in last Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals and there was no sign of a medical problem during the game. Garafolo reports that it is a leg injury, but does not elaborate on the exact nature of the issue.
Sherman did give the 49ers a scare during a training camp practice when he appeared to hurt his lower leg during a drill. He stepped off the field for a brief examination before returning to the field.
Once on the list, Sherman will be sidelined for at least three weeks. That span covers road games against the Jets and Giants as well as a Week Four home game against the Eagles.
UPDATE 12:10 p.m. ET: Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it is a calf strain and that Sherman is expected back in a few weeks.
Richard Sherman headed to injured reserve originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Man City, Man Utd ease into League Cup quarter-finals
Pep Guardiola admitted it was vital to keep a clean-sheet as League Cup holders Manchester City got back on track with a 3-0 win against Burnley, while Manchester United joined their rivals in the quarter-finals after beating Brighton 3-0 on Wednesday.
Guardiola’s side suffered their heaviest home Premier League loss under the Spaniard on Sunday when Leicester handed them a humiliating 5-2 defeat.
A brace from Raheem Sterling at Turf Moor ensured they washed away some of that bitter taste from that defeat and Spanish forward Ferran Torres, a close-season signing from Valencia, added City’s third goal with his first for the club.
“It was important we didn’t concede and the team was good in general,” Guardiola said.
“When you lose a game the most important thing is the next one. Firstly, because if you lose in this competition, you’re out.
“We are still far away from our best because we’re not training much. We have a lot of players out, six because of Covid and four injuries.
“But step by step when we have all the squad we will get better. We are in the quarter-finals of this competition again so it’s good.”
City have won the League Cup four times in the last five seasons and they remain on course to retain the trophy.
Guardiola’s men would have won by an even bigger scoreline but for a fine display from Burnley keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne both started in a strong City side that also included Riyad Mahrez and a debut for 18-year-old midfielder Cole Palmer.
Sterling made the breakthrough 10 minutes before the interval with a powerful strike from Benjamin Mendy’s cross.
The City forward doubled his tally on 49 minutes, finishing off a good move involving De Bruyne and Torres.
City put the result beyond doubt in the 65th minute when Sterling failed to control a Mahrez pass and the ball ran through for the 20-year-old Torres to slam past Peacock-Farrell.
– ‘Never surprised’ –
At the Amex Stadium, Manchester United inflicted more misery on Brighton four days after beating them 3-2 in a dramatic Premier League game.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side needed a 100th minute Bruno Fernandes penalty to see off Albion on that occasion and conceding an equaliser moments early.
There was less drama this time as United made 10 changes and Brighton nine, with Solskjaer’s stand-ins proving far superior.
United, who last won the League Cup in 2017, took the lead in the 44th minute when Scott McTominay headed home from Juan Mata’s free-kick.
United doubled their advantage in the 73rd minute, with Donny Van De Beek finding Spanish midfielder Mata, who showed slotted home his 50th goal for the club.
Paul Pogba came off the bench to score seven minutes later when his free-kick curled in via a deflection off Brighton’s Joel Veltman.
“A great performance by Juan Mata. He was the one who got on the ball and calmed us down. He was composed. He more or less creates the first goal himself. I am never surprised when he plays like this,” Solskjaer said.
“We needed the first 20-25 minutes to get our confidence and get on the ball. We have worked on set pieces. You keep a clean sheet and this is important for a back four.”
Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit a hat-trick as Everton thrashed West Ham 4-1, but the win was overshadowed by injuries to the Toffees’ Brazilian stars Richarlison and Allan.
Calvert-Lewin put Everton ahead with his sixth goal of the season after 11 minutes after Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who have won six consecutive matches in all competitions this season, were pegged back by Robert Snodgrass’s 46th minute equaliser.
Richarlison restored Everton’s lead 10 minutes later before Calvert-Lewin bagged his second treble already this season with goals in the 78th and 84th minute.
Newcastle survived a scare from fourth tier Newport before reaching the last eight with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win after their 1-1 draw.
Other teams were interested, but I was never leaving Seattle
Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin did not make the 53-man roster at the start of the regular season and had offers to go elsewhere, but he never considered leaving.
Griffin said today that when he cleared waivers before Week One, three teams contacted him, but he didn’t want to go elsewhere and signed with the Seahawks’ practice squad because he wanted to stay with his brother, Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin.
“Worst come to worst, I’ve always got my brother. When I’ve got him, everything is always good, whether I’m playing ball or not,” Shaquem Griffin said, via Joe Fann of NBCSportsNorthwest.com.
Last week the Seahawks brought Shaquem Griffin up from the practice squad to play against the Cowboys, and coach Pete Carroll praised his strong play in the game. Although Griffin is technically still on the practice squad, he is expected to play this week and have a role in the defense going forward. Seattle is the right place for him.
Shaquem Griffin: Other teams were interested, but I was never leaving Seattle originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
A’s hold off Abreu, White Sox 5-3, force series to Game 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland’s long-reliable regulars Marcus Semien and Khris Davis powered a couple of home runs, Mark Canha made a game-saving catch against the wall and red-hot right-hander Chris Bassitt delivered the start of his life.
Now, the slugging A’s are right back in a familiar fall position: one winner-take-all postseason game with the season on the line.
Semien and Davis connected early and Oakland’s bullpen barely held off Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox late for a 5-3 win Wednesday that sent the AL playoff series to a deciding Game 3.
The A’s lost in the AL wild-card game each of the past two seasons, providing added motivation to win the division and earn a longer series.
Game 3 is Thursday at the Coliseum.
”It feels good. We’re hungry for more wins,” Semien said. ”Tomorrow, anything can happen. It’s just like Game 7.”
A’s reliever Jake Diekman walked home a run in the ninth, then retired the big-hitting Abreu on a sharp grounder to end it and even the best-of-three wild-card matchup at 1-all.
The White Sox went 14-0 in the regular season against left-handed starters and beat southpaw Jesus Luzardo in the playoff opener. A’s manager Bob Melvin acknowledged it might make him reconsider who to start with the season on the line – perhaps righty Mike Fiers over lefty Sean Manaea.
”I’m pretty sure we’re pretty dang confident in anyone we throw against the White Sox,” Bassitt said. ”The numbers don’t mean anything. It’s the postseason. I thought they put absurd at-bats against me, and I’m a righty.”
Bassitt allowed one run on six hits in seven-plus innings during an impressive postseason debut as the AL West champion A’s snapped a six-game postseason losing streak dating to 2013.
The right-hander, drafted by the White Sox before being traded to Oakland in December 2014, came in on a nice roll with an 0.34 ERA in September.
Things got interesting when Bassitt gave way to Liam Hendriks after a leadoff single to Tim Anderson in the eighth with a 5-0 lead. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer one out later.
Hendriks surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the ninth and walked Yoan Moncada to load the bases. Diekman relieved and walked Grandal to bring home a run.
Abreu, a leading candidate for AL MVP, hit a hard grounder to second base as Diekman earned a tough save.
Oakland hit three consecutive one-out singles in the first against Dallas Keuchel, and rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal’s fielding error allowed two runs to score.
Keuchel exited after 3 1/3 innings having allowed five runs – three earned – and six hits.
He couldn’t hold down the slugging A’s as Lucas Giolito did a day earlier taking a perfect game into the seventh inning of Chicago’s 4-1 Game 1 victory.
The White Sox haven’t won back-to-back road playoff games since getting six straight in 2005.
”The biggest thing is carry that momentum from the last inning into tomorrow’s game,” Madrigal said. ”Even going into today’s game everyone felt good. We had some good innings just didn’t cash in. No one’s really worried, we know what we can do. We don’t have to overthink it, just go out there and play our game.”
BACK ON TRACK
The A’s had dropped five straight postseason games when facing elimination.
Oakland’s six-game playoff skid matched the longest in A’s history – also done from Oct. 10, 2006-Oct. 7, 2012. This marked the club’s first postseason win since Game 3 of the 2013 AL Division Series, a 6-3 victory against Detroit at Comerica Park.
The A’s lost the wild card game to the Yankees in 2018 then Tampa Bay last year after winning 97 games both seasons but finishing second to the rival Houston Astros.
”Hopefully that experience helps a little,” said Canha, whose leaping catch in the fifth robbed Anderson.
Davis, who led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018, cleared the fences for only the second time since Sept. 4 after playing in only 11 games down the stretch.
He went just 3 for 18 against the White Sox last season.
White Sox: LF Eloy Jimenez was out for a second straight playoff game as he nurses a sprained right foot that kept him out of the final three games of the regular season. Jimenez went through extensive baseball work Monday and still experienced soreness.
Jimenez was still receiving treatment to determine his status, with manager Rick Renteria noting he wasn’t available as designated hitter because ”you need to be able to run.”
”Right now he’s about the same, no worse,” Renteria said. ”Hopefully that can calm down a little bit more.”
With another noon start, some of the A’s chose to hit on the field after not doing so Tuesday – which was treated more like a day game after a night game. Melvin said many of his players didn’t want to go two straight days without batting practice.
Both managers planned meetings with their staffs to determine who would take the mound.
Oakland kept six starting pitchers on the roster to have options for a deciding game.
”It’s all hands on deck,” Renteria said, not providing specifics on who he might start. ”TBA.”
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