Rodgers practices, gets clearance to play
Aaron Rodgers was cleared by doctors and returned to practice
for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. Assuming he doesn’t have a
setback in his recovery from a concussion, he is optimistic he will
start Sunday’s game against Miami.
Rodgers practiced on a limited basis Thursday, taking the
majority of snaps during the portion of practice that was open to
the media. The team will monitor him before naming him the starting
quarterback against the Dolphins.
– Brett Favre returned to practice for the Minnesota Vikings a
day after sitting out with elbow tendinitis.
– Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will make his NFL debut Sunday
for the Cleveland Browns against the Pittsburgh Steelers, ESPN.com
GROIN SIDELINES ARENAS
In his first home game since being suspended for bringing guns
to the Verizon Center last season, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert
Arenas left with a strained right groin.
Arenas didn’t start Thursday’s 96-88 preseason loss to the
Milwaukee Bucks, two days after faking a knee injury to miss a home
– The NBA suspended the Toronto Raptors’ Joey Dorsey for one
game for swinging his arm at the Bulls’ Brian Scalabrine with 7.3
seconds left in the Bulls’ 109-90 preseason win on Tuesday.
PREDATORS IMPROVE TO 3-0
Steve Sullivan’s two goals led the host Nashville Predators past
the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Nashville is 3-0 for the second time in
– Red Wings center Johan Franzen suffered a head injury from a
hit by Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in a 4-1 loss at Dallas.
Franzen called the injury a concussion.
LINCICOME’S 61 BEST OF YEAR
Brittany Lincicome shot an 11-under 61, the tour’s best round of
the season on the first day of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge in
Danville, Calif. Annika Sorenstam’s 59 at the Standard Register
PING in 2001 is the LPGA Tour record.
NO. 25 W. VIRGINIA WINS
Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes and No. 25 West Virginia
(5-1, 1-0 Big East) held visiting South Florida (3-3, 0-2) to a
season low for yards in a 20-6 victory.
– Indiana’s top rusher, Darius Willis, has been lost to a
season-ending knee injury.