Dol­phins’ Tan­nehill in­jures knee

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - Staff and wire re­ports

Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill rein­jured his left knee in prac­tice Thurs­day when it buck­led as he scram­bled and fell with­out be­ing hit.

Tan­nehill walked slowly off the field in Davie, Fla., ac­com­pa­nied by train­ers. He un­der­went an MRI exam, but re­sults weren’t de­fin­i­tive re­gard­ing the ex­tent of the in­jury, and fur­ther as­sess­ment was ex­pected Friday.

“You see your quar­ter­back go down, you think the worst,” tight end MarQueis Gray said.

Tan­nehill missed the fi­nal four games last sea­son, in­clud­ing a play­off loss at Pittsburgh, af­ter sprain­ing two lig­a­ments in the same knee. He de­cided against surgery and took part in all off­sea­son drills.

He was wear­ing a brace when his knee gave out near the right side­line while run­ning full speed to es­cape tackle Ndamukong Suh. Tan­nehill stayed on the ground at least 15 sec­onds sur­rounded by team­mates be­fore ris­ing and leav­ing the field. The in­jury oc­curred dur­ing the sev­enth prac­tice of train­ing camp.

Matt Moore, an 11-year vet­eran, went 2-2 as a starter re­plac­ing Tan­nehill last year and re­mains the backup.

The Dol­phins were al­ready with­out 1,000-yard rusher Jay Ajayi, side­lined since Mon­day by a con­cus­sion. Their top line­man, center Mike Pouncey, has seen ex­tremely lim­ited ac­tiv­ity as he re­turns from hip surgery.

Good­ell says there’s no black­list for QB

NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell said teams aren’t black­balling Colin Kaeper­nick for kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them last year.

“No, teams make de­ci­sions [based] on what’s in the best in­ter­est of their team and they make those de­ci­sions in­di­vid­u­ally,” Good­ell said fol­low­ing his ap­pear­ance at a fo­rum with about 200 fans at the Den­ver Bron­cos’ in­door prac­tice fa­cil­ity.

Kaeper­nick, who opted out of his con­tract with the San Francisco 49ers on March 3, has drawn in­ter­est from Seattle and Bal­ti­more but re­mains un­em­ployed a year af­ter throw­ing for 16 touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions in 11 games. Sev­eral teams have signed back­ups with­out giv­ing Kaeper­nick a call.

Good­ell de­murred when asked if he thought Kaeper­nick should be in the league based strictly on his tal­ent. “There are other peo­ple who make those eval­u­a­tions and that’s a de­ci­sion that those teams all make in­di­vid­u­ally,” he said. “It’s not one that I would make as a com­mis­sioner.”

Cow­boys win

With no stars and few starters on the field, the Dal­las Cow­boys edged the Ari­zona Car­di­nals 20-18 in the Hall of Fame game in Can­ton, Ohio.

At least the turf held up — un­like a year ago, when the game was can­celed for safety rea­sons. The new field passed NFL oper­a­tions di­rec­tors’ approval, and the foot­ing was steady.

Rookie Sam Ir­win-Hill, un­likely to beat out Dal­las vet­eran Dan Bai­ley for the place­kick­ing job, made field goals of 23 and 43 yards, the lat­ter pro­vid­ing the win­ning points in the fourth quar­ter.

Etc.

Carolina Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton was held out of pass­ing drills for the third straight day while bat­tling sore­ness in his sur­gi­cally re­paired right shoul­der. ... The Rams waived full­back Zach Laskey and signed re­ceivers C.J. Ger­many and Justin Thomas . ... Ten­nessee Ti­tans rookie wide re­ceiver Corey Davis , the fifth over­all pick in the draft out of Western Michi­gan, will have an MRI exam on his ham­string af­ter be­ing hurt catch­ing a pass in a drill . ... The Philadel­phia Ea­gles agreed to a oneyear con­tract with vet­eran safety Corey Gra­ham . ... New York Jets rookie safety Ja­mal Adams sprained an an­kle dur­ing prac­tice and the sever­ity of the in­jury was not im­me­di­ately known — al­though it doesn’t ap­pear se­ri­ous . ... Kansas City Chiefs line­backer Derrick John­son re­turned to train­ing camp af­ter miss­ing two work­outs with a tooth ab­scess . ... Jack­sonville Jaguars long-snap­per Car­son Tinker will miss the sea­son af­ter tear­ing a knee lig­a­ment.

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