It’s a little later than normal, but golf’s second major of the year has arrived with the 2020 U.S. Open.
Originally the third major and scheduled for June 18-21, the U.S. Open begins play this weekend at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.
While spectators won’t be able to attend this year’s event, there will be plenty of television coverage thanks to NBC, Golf Channel and Peacock.
The favorite entering the US Open is Dustin Johnson who is fresh off winning the FedEx Cup and has finished in the top two in each of the last four tournaments he participated in. Johnson has one major win already on his resume, winning the 2016 US Open at Oakmont Country Club.
A full breakdown of TV and live streaming schedules for every round of the U.S. Open is below.
What channel is the U.S. Open on today?
- TV channels: NBC, Golf Channel
- Round 1 coverage times: 7:30 a.m – 2 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 2-5 p.m. ET (NBC), 5-7 p.m. ET (Peacock)
Early-round coverage begins on Golf Channel before switching to NBC in the afternoon. The final two hours will be exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service.
U.S. Open TV coverage 2020
Unlike the PGA Championship where coverage switched networks on the weekend, NBC’s family of networks are providing coverage for all four rounds of the U.S. Open. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, will have exclusive coverage of the final two hours of Round 1 and the first two hours of Rounds 2-4.
|Thurs. Sept. 17||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.||Golf Channel|
How to live stream the US Open
NBC will handle afternoon coverage for Rounds 1,2 and 4. Golf Channel will provide morning coverage of every round and picks up double-duty for Round 3 when it covers both the morning and afternoon hours. Coverage on these channels can also be found on NBCSports.com. Peacock, NBC’s free streaming service, has the final two hours for Round 1 and the first two hours of each of the remaing rounds. FuboTV, also has coverage of the US Open and provides a free trial.
|Thurs. Sept. 17||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Fri. Sept. 18||7:30-9:30 a.m.||Peacock|
|9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Sat. Sept. 19||9-11 a.m.||Peacock|
|11-7:30 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Sun. Sept 20||8-10 a.m.||Peacock|
|10 a.m.-12 p.m.||Golf Channel|
Bet Thursday Night Football underdog
The Miami Dolphins visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars isn’t the most attractive matchup for “Thursday Night Football,” but with FitzMagic vs. Minshew Magic, it’s again Must-See TV (we’ll spare you the “Seinfeld” references this week).
The line has been wavering between the Jaguars -2.5 and -3 all week with most books charging extra vig (-120 instead of the standard -110) to get the side you want.
Both of these teams have continued to battle hard despite low expectations from experts and NFL fans. Last year, the Dolphins were accused of “Tanking for Tua Tagovailoa” early in the season and were competitive enough with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to win five games, including an upset of the New England Patriots in Week 17 that kept the defending Super Bowl champions from getting a first-round bye. The Dolphins drafted No. 5 but still got Tagovailoa, though Fitzpatrick has held on to the starting job for now and covered as 5.5-point home underdogs in a 31-28 loss to the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday.
The Jaguars have been even better for bettors so far this season as Gardner Minshew led Week 1’s biggest upset of the Indianapolis Colts as 7-point home dogs and +265 on the moneyline and then covered as 7-point dogs again in a 33-30 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 2.
But there are a couple of things that put me on the Dolphins as 3-point underdogs: For starters, I have the Dolphins power-rated as the better overall team and I don’t think home-field advantage means that much without fans in stands (besides, Miami to Jacksonville isn’t a taxing travel itinerary even on a short week). Also, when perennial underdogs like the Jags are then put in the role of favorite, they usually don’t fare so well.
So, the play is on the Dolphins if you can get the +3, even if you have to pay the extra juice. If you followed BetSmart last week, we cashed on Bengals +6 at the Browns (also a short road trip) but maybe you also took our advice to tease the Browns down to pick ’em and tie them with other favorites on Sunday, which was definitely the way to go. We cited the Steelers and 49ers, but the Buccaneers, Packers, Cardinals, Ravens and Chiefs were also popular teaser plays in that similar price range of being able to tease under a field goal.
If going with that strategy again, I would tease the Dolphins up to +8.5 or +9 and use them (mixing and matching with the sides you like with your own handicapping) with the Patriots down to pick ’em vs. the Raiders, Rams up to +8.5 at the Bills, Browns down to -1 vs. Washington, Chargers down to pick ’em vs. Panthers, Cardinals down to pick ’em vs. Lions and/or the Buccaneers down to pick ’em at the Broncos.
Taco Bell job saved Steve Smith from violent teammate
Taco Bell saved Steve Smith’s life.
As a wide receiver at Santa Monica City College in the late 1990s, the future five-time Pro Bowler worked at the fast food restaurant. If not for the job he initially took to help him pay for a homecoming dance, Smith said he likely would have been shot by a teammate, who Smith had pummeled in a fight during a recent practice.
While the teammate waited for Smith to show up to a walkthrough Friday morning — for a game that night — Smith had been excused to work his shift at Taco Bell.
“Old boy that I got in a fight with, he was waiting in my locker area with a pistol. He was in the locker room and he was waiting basically to shoot me,” Smith said on the “10 Questions With Kyle Brandt” podcast. “And if I would have come in, he would’ve shot me, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t show up that day.”
Smith didn’t explain what happened when he finally saw the disgruntled teammate, but soon he would transfer to Utah, then become a third-round pick and one of the league’s best receivers. After a 16-year career, he ranked seventh all-time in receiving yards (14,731) and 12th in receptions (1,031).
“So it’s kind of crazy how all of that intertwined, where some people look at it as a curse, you know, ‘You gotta work fast food,’ but for me when I really look back at it, it was a gift,” Smith said.
Tua Tagovailoa injury history: A timeline of setbacks at Alabama and his Dolphins recovery
UPDATE: This article has been edited from the original version published in April 2020.
Tua Tagovailoa was the single biggest question mark and risk — if NFL teams are to be believed — of the 2020 NFL Draft.
His talent and throwing accuracy are hard to deny, but some teams had cooled on Tagovailoa, once considered the clear top choice of the 2020 NFL Draft, until he was selected fourth overall by the Dolphins. The most notable reason for that, of course, is his injury history.
In particular, a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture Tagovailoa suffered against Mississippi State on Nov. 16 — one that ended his college career — caused several NFL scouts and teams to question whether he was worth the risking of a high draft choice. The severity of that injury, only the latest of a well-documented history, has become the defining subject of Tagovailoa’s early professional career and will remain until he makes his first NFL start and proves doubters wrong.
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Sports Grind Entertainment in early April spoke with Dr. Lyle Cain, a sports medicine specialist at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center and Alabama’s team orthopedic surgeon, to shed light on Tagovailoa’s injury and his recovery process leading into the 2020 NFL Draft.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about Tagovailoa’s injury history, his latest injury, his recovery process and whether he will be ready for the 2020 season.
Tua Tagovailoa injury history
— March 2018: During a spring practice before his first full season as Alabama’s starter, Tagovailoa hits a lineman’s helmet while throwing a pass and suffers a broken left index finger. The injury requires a quick surgery, but he misses no practice time.
— October 2018: Tagovailoa tweaks he knee during a win over Missouri. It’s later revealed that he suffered a knee sprain, but he misses no time and is back in the lineup the following week against Tennessee.
— November 2018: During a late-season game against Mississippi State, Tagovailoa in the third quarter takes a hit to his left quad, the same leg of his knee injury a month prior. He sits out the rest of the game, an Alabama win, and returns the following week against The Citadel.
— December 2018: This is the game in which Jalen Hurts saved Alabama’s chance to make the College Football Playoff. In the fourth quarter of the SEC championship game against Georgia, Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams accidentally steps on Tagovailoa’s right ankle and causes an injury. Tagovailoa sits out the rest of the game and eventually has a tightrope procedure performed on his ankle so he can return for the College Football Playoff.
— October 2019: Tagovailoa suffers another right ankle injury, this time a high ankle sprain during a win over Tennessee. He again opts to undergo a tightrope procedure for a quick recovery. He misses one game (a win over Arkansas) before returning to start in Alabama’s loss to LSU.
— November 2019: Toward the end of the first half of a blowout win against Mississippi State, Tagovailoa suffers the nasty hip injury that prematurely ends his college career. More on that injury below.
What is Tua Tagovailoa’s latest injury?
Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture against Mississippi State; the dislocated hip in particular is a high-impact injury not often seen in football, and more likely to occur in car crashes.
The dislocated hip is also notable in that former Raiders running back Bo Jackson suffered it during the 1991 AFC divisional round matchup against the Bengals. He never played football again after suffering the injury. The difference between Tagovailoa and Jackson’s respective prognoses was the speed of diagnosis and treatment. Whereas no one understood the severity of Jackson’s injury, Cain said he was able to diagnose a hip dislocation on the field.
“And so the next point of that is to get as urgent a reduction (as possible), and to get it back in place as quickly as possible,” Cain told SN. “I actually thought for a split second about doing it on the field, but thought it wasn’t probably the right medium to cause a bunch of trauma.
“So we get him on the cart, we got into the tunnel and as soon as we got into the X-ray facility, we put his hip back into place with the help of our medical staff and the Mississippi State medical staff. So I put his hip back in place, we got X-rays and imaging to confirm everything’s in the right position, and that was about as quick as it could be. It was probably in within five minutes or less from the time it happened.”
In so doing, Cain said any potential blood flow issues or future long-term effects were mitigated. Had the injury been less traumatic it might have caused even further damage.
“Tua’s was more traumatic, which sounds worse but may have actually may have ended up in a better position because we knew we had to treat it from the initial moment of injury.”
What is a posterior wall fracture?
An early potential complication for Tagovailoa’s recovery was the report of a posterior wall fracture (another similarity to Jackson’s injury).
Here is the definition of a posterior wall fracture, from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
“Fractures of the posterior wall of the acetabulum (hip socket) are the most common type of acetabular fracture, accounting for approximately 25 percent of all acetabular fractures. The simple appearance of the posterior wall fracture on plain radiographs underestimates its potential complexity. Rather than having one simple fracture fragment, most posterior wall fractures are comminuted or have areas where the articular surface along the margin of the primary fracture line is impacted into the underlying cancellous bone. In general, posterior wall fractures are amenable to nonsurgical treatment if the remaining, intact part of the acetabulum is large enough to maintain hip joint stability and congruity; however, this situation is often difficult to determine. Clinical outcome has been shown to be directly related to the accuracy of reduction, but accurate repositioning of all of the small posterior wall fragments is frequently a challenging task.”
Tua Tagovailoa injury timeline
Tagovailoa’s recovery and rehab process began immediately following his injury, starting with the first of several “hurdles” he would need to clear: getting his hip surgically repaired. Two days after he dislocated his hip, Dr. Chip Routt — who specializes in orthopedic surgery, particularly trauma, pelvic and hip socket fractures — repaired Tagovailoa’s hip in Houston.
“Tua underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston,” Cain said in a statement following surgery. “The procedure went as planned, and he is resting comfortably. Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery. He will return to Tuscaloosa in the next several days to begin his rehab.”
The resulting recovery from that surgery took three months. During that time, Cain and the medical staffs at Alabama and Andrews Sports Medicine placed Tagovailoa on a conservative rehabilitation process (so as to reduce the stress placed on his hip).
Said Cain: “Essentially, the initial part of the process was just working on getting his muscles activated — your muscles kind of shut down and atrophy after an injury like that — getting his range of motion back in position so he can rotate his hip correctly.”
Tagovailoa underwent several rehab exercises a day, including gluteus muscle strengthening; hip range and motion work; abductor strengthening, training and activation; and quads and lower body work, to get leg control back. Cain said the rehab process also included preventative exercises to keep his core and upper body from atrophying.
On Feb. 10 — nearly three months after Tagovailoa dislocated his hip — a CAT scan showed Tagovailoa’s hip “looked about as good as it could.”
The second hurdle in Tagovailoa’s recovery was his ensuring there were no blood flow or cartilage issues. Around the time Tagovailoa got his CAT scan — just before the start of the NFL Combine — he received an MRI that suggested he had no such issues, allowing him to increase the intensity of his rehabilitation.
On Feb. 26, Tagovailoa received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback on his scans from teams at the NFL Combine. He did not participate in drills there, but was cleared to resume football activity on March 10. He showed off his recovery in a March 23 video that showed him going through drills.
On April 10, he conducted a personal pro day, throwing 72 passes to receivers:
On July 28, Tagovailoa was given the “all-clear” by Dolphins doctors to begin practicing with the team. He was a full participant in training camp, working as the second-string quarterback behind place-holding starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Will Tua Tagovailoa start in 2020 NFL season?
Tagovailoa has expressed optimism he would be healthy enough to play in 2020. While he has been given a clean bill of health, his surgically repaired hip has yet to be tested in live game action.
“I’ve told people before in previous discussions that just because the bone is healed and the hip looks good doesn’t mean he’s ready to play football,” Cain said. “He has to rehab and get back in shape and get the muscles strong, and it’s just like any other injury. It takes quite a while, sometimes several months, to get the body back into highly competitive shape.”
The Dolphins, to their credit, are operating out of an abundance of caution and have so far resisting forcing Tagovailoa under center with Fitzpatrick holding down starting functions.
Tua Tagovailoa injury updates
April 10 — Tagovailoa throws 72 passes at personal pro day.
March 23 — Tagovailoa shows recovery in video going through drills.
March 10 — Tagovailoa medically cleared for football activities.
Feb. 26 — Tagovailoa receives positive reports from teams that examined him at NFL Combine.
Feb. 23 — Tagovailoa arrives in Indianapolis for NFL combine.
Feb. 10 — Tagovailoa receivers three-month checkup on hip; results reported as “positive as possible.”
Jan. 30 — Tagovailoa, at press events at the Super Bowl, tells several outlets he expects full recovery.
Jan. 14 — Tagovailoa’s agent tells AL.com Tagovailoa expects to be healthy enough by April to host separate pro day workout.
Jan. 6 — Tagovailoa declares for the 2020 NFL Draft, saying he feels optimistic he’ll be healthy enough to play in 2020.
Jan. 3 — Tagovailoa, family members and Alabama trainers meet with doctors in New York.
Jan. 1 — Tagovailoa is seen walking on crutch at Citrus Bowl. He announces after the game he will make his decision on Jan. 6 on whether to return to Alabama or leave for the NFL
Nov. 22 — Tagovailoa returns to Tuscaloosa.
Nov. 18 — Tagovailoa undergoes “successful” surgery on his hip; Cain labels his prognosis “excellent.” Rutlege reports Tagovailoa will be on a six-week partial weight-bearing recovery plan, followed by resumed athletic activity. He is expected to be able to throw again by the spring.
Nov. 17 — Tagovailoa is flown to Houston to undergo hip surgery the following day.
Nov. 16 — Tagovailoa suffers a hip injury against Mississippi State. Aaron Suttles of the Athletic reports Tagovailoa has a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture. In a statement, Alabama orthopedic surgeon Dr. Cain says Tagovailoa is expected to make a full recovery, making no mention of a fracture.
Contributing: Tadd Haislop
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