Rivers un­der con­cus­sion pro­to­col

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - SPORTS -

Los An­ge­les Charg­ers quar­ter­back Philip Rivers is in the NFL’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pos­si­ble symp­toms of a head in­jury, en­dan­ger­ing his streak of 194 con­sec­u­tive starts since 2006.

Rivers told the Charg­ers about his symp­toms Mon­day af­ter they re­turned from a 20-17 over­time loss in Jack­sonville, coach An­thony Lynn said.

The Charg­ers (3-6) are still hope­ful Rivers can play on Sun­day when they host the Buf­falo Bills, but they will be cau­tious with the health of one of the most durable quar­ter­backs in NFL his­tory.

Lynn wasn’t cer­tain when Rivers was hurt, but the quar­ter­back took a big shot when he threw a long in­ter­cep­tion in over­time.

Build­ing a new home: Af­ter years of planning, deal­ing and get­ting mil­lions in pub­lic fi­nanc­ing ap­proved, the Oak­land Raiders broke ground Mon­day on a 65,000-seat domed sta­dium in Las Ve­gas, across the free­way from the city’s world-fa­mous casi­nos.

Con­trac­tors will be work­ing un­der an am­bi­tious time­line as the team wants to kick off the 2020 sea­son at the new sta­dium. But the Raiders have yet to reach cru­cial agree­ments for the $1.9 bil­lion project and now stand to lose mil­lions un­der the tax re­form bill House Repub­li­cans un­veiled ear­lier this month.

The Ne­vada Leg­is­la­ture ap­proved a tax in­crease to con­trib­ute $750 mil­lion to the project, but the tax-ex­empt bonds are now at risk. The GOP tax re­form bill re­leased last week would bar state and lo­cal govern­ments from is­su­ing tax-ex­empt bonds for sta­dium con­struc­tion, a com­mon fea­ture of sta­dium deals over the past two decades.

Bur­fict avoids sus­pen­sion: Cincinnati Ben­gals line­backer Von­taze Bur­fict won’t be sus­pended for the con­tact with an of­fi­cial that got him ejected from a 24-20 loss at Ten­nessee.

A league spokesman said Mon­day that Bur­fict faces a fine only. He pushed an of­fi­cial’s arm out of the way on the side­line in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota ran out of bounds. Two plays ear­lier, Bur­fict drew an un­nec­es­sary rough­ness penalty for hit­ting Mar­i­ota out of bounds.

“I’ve been say­ing it: He’s go­ing to be held to a dif­fer­ent set of stan­dards be­cause of his past,” de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Paul Guen­ther said Mon­day. “So he’s got to un­der­stand that. He does us no good when he’s sit­ting in the locker room for half a ball­game.”

Chiefs waive Miller: The Kansas City Chiefs waived de­fen­sive tackle Roy Miller on Mon­day, two days af­ter he was ar­rested in Florida and ac­cused of as­sault­ing his wife dur­ing an ar­gu­ment at their home.

Miller signed a $1.4 mil­lion, oneyear con­tract this past off-sea­son, and was ex­pected to help a por­ous run de­fense. But he only ap­peared in seven of the Chiefs’ first nine games.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, Miller had left Ni­cole Miller at the Jack­sonville Zoo af­ter go­ing there for a date Fri­day night. When both of them got home, Miller was gone, and an ar­gu­ment be­gan when he re­turned. The 6-foot-1, 300-pound line­man grabbed his wife by the hair and pushed her around, and the po­lice re­port de­tails sev­eral mi­nor in­juries.

Miller also threw her phone in a toi­let and tried to keep her from call­ing po­lice, the re­port said, be­fore bar­ri­cad­ing him­self in a bed­room with one of her sons.

McA­doo safe for now: Ben McA­doo is stay­ing as coach of the New York Giants, at least un­til the end of the sea­son.

Giants co-own­ers John Mara and Steve Tisch is­sued a state­ment Mon­day say­ing while they are frus­trated and dis­ap­pointed with the Giants’ 1-8 record, they won’t eval­u­ate the team and make any moves un­til the end of the sea­son.

McA­doo’s fu­ture has been a ma­jor topic the past two weeks in a wake of a 34-point home loss to the Los An­ge­les Rams a lit­tle more than a week ago, then an em­bar­rass­ing loss to a San Fran­cisco 49ers team that was win­less un­til Sun­day.

The own­ers said McA­doo has their sup­port. The Giants have not fired a coach mid-sea­son since 1976.

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