It's always an interesting day in sports during Thanksgiving, with this year's lineup of events highlighted by some great matchups in different leagues, including the NFL. While the NBA and NHL are looking to add some spice a day after, Thursday is quite busy with college football, basketball, and of course, the National Football League.
Well, that's always been the case on Thanksgiving — NFL football is the forefront of entertainment. This time, there are three games in the schedule with all of them being crucial ones in terms of the hunt for a playoff spot.
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Tony Stewart's no. 14 car lost its crew chief after Chad Johnston left to join Kyle Larson. The announcement was made by Chip Ganassi Racing on Monday; which interestingly came into fruition after Tony Stewart hinted a week ago that there will be some changes to his Sprint Cup Series team before his final season.
But the news of Johnston's transfer does not really come as a surprise because of the fact that in his two seasons with Stewart, he didn't really have quite an ideal relationship with the NASCAR driver. During those years, Stewart only managed to finish 25th and 28th in points.
It was later reported by Motorsport.com that stepping in to replace Johnston is former engineer for Kevin Harvick, Mike Bugarewicz, but this one hasn't been officially announced yet. Johnston, meanwhile, will be replaced by Chris Heroy. more >>
There's good news for the Panthers heading deeper into the season when defensive end Charles Johnson is finally going back to action after a Week 3 injury. The hamstring issue required him to miss eight games, though he believes he felt ready to play in just a couple of weeks after getting the injury.
Being back on the active roster is definitely a welcoming sight for the Panthers hoping to make a final push before the playoffs. "I thought I could come back sooner but at the same time these eight weeks helped me get my leg stronger and I feel like I'm 100 percent," the Panthers defensive stalwart said. "It was frustrating at first, but when you're winning that makes a lot of things easier. I just tried to maintain my poise," he added.
The 29-year-old, though, is more than ready to run the field, considering that he's been participating in team practices for the past couple of weeks. Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters that his guy is prepared to return. "He's worked very hard, he's been working on his conditioning, as well as his rehab," the coach added. more >>
The New York Jets could no longer wait for a first round draft pick to prove his worth. On Monday, outside linebacker Quinton Coples was waived by the team after starting two games for them but proved to be inconsistent on the field.
But the release at this point of the season comes in as quite surprising for many observers, believing that Coples is a type of player who still has a lot of potential. As the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the outside linebacker produced 16.5 sacks in his first three years as a pro. He also averaged 6.5 in 2014, which actually was his best so far in his young career.
The problem is that the 25-year-old does not have a sack this season, which may very well be the reason why he lost his starting job. In those struggling times, he was replaced by either Leger Douzable or Calvin Pace. more >>
Professional baseball catcher Chris Iannetta inked a one-year $4.25 million deal with the Seattle Mariners on Monday, hoping that he will start for the team in the coming 2016 season. The deal was announced along with the possibility of gaining $1.75 million for performance bonus and a club option for 2017, which may allow the catcher to obtain a guaranteed payday of $6 million.
According to Ianetta, getting the chance to sign with the Mariners is one good way to prove that he's not done. "I think it was an opportunity to get back and in a situation to play and prove that this past year was just a down year," he said via conference call with the Associated Press.
But in order to give him the spot in the already filled 40-man roster, the Mariners had to designate John Hicks for assignment. more >>
The NFL lately has been criticized by the way they're handling situations in the league with regar to concussions. Sunday's game pitting St. Louis and Baltimore saw quarterback Case Keenum getting knocked down and woozy, but was allowed to remain in the game. He eventually fumbled two downs later.
On Monday, another case of head injury occurred when Buffalo Bills receiver Marcus Easley left the game after a blow to the head. Team officials later said in a statement that Easley will be subjected to a concussion test and won't be returning to the game. The Bills eventually lost that game, 20-13.
Easley is the designated gunner of the Bills' punt coverage team. He sustained the injury after making a tackle on a punt early in the game. He is one of the team's primary contributors, too, having played more than 60 percent of Buffalo's special teams snaps in this season alone. He also has produced five tackles so far. Team officials, led by special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, believes that Easley is playing great that he deserves to be considered for the Pro Bowl. more >>