PAGANO FOCUSING ONLY ON TRYING TO BEAT TITANS SUNDAY
indianapolis» Chuck Pagano is more worried about trying to find a starting quarterback than he is about whether he will remain as head coach of the Colts next week.
Even a day after team owner Jim Irsay said he has not made a decision on the team’s leadership for next season, Pagano is focused on Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Tennessee Titans.
“I’ve had no time to think about any of that stuff,” Pagano said, “other than preparing for this ballgame.”
Irsay dismissed an ESPN report Thursday that the Colts planned to fire Pagano on Monday. But if true, and if Pagano wants to end his tenure in Indianapolis with a win, the Colts have to figure out who will start at quarterback against the Titans.
Andrew Luck was ruled out early this week. Matt Hasselbeck, who stepped into the starting role when Luck was injured against Denver on Nov. 8, was ruled out Friday because of shoulder, rib and back injuries.
Charlie Whitehurst, the backup to Hasselbeck, was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a hamstring injury. That leaves Josh Freeman, Ryan Lindley and Stephen Morris as the Colts’ options at quarterback Sunday. Morris has been with the team the longest — but the Colts signed him only last week.
• The Buffalo Bills will be without running back LeSean McCoy for their season finale against the New York Jets. McCoy (knee) will miss his second consecutive game.
• St. Louis rookie running back Todd Gurley missed his third straight practice because of a foot injury and is likely to be held out of the Rams’ final game of the season.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars ruled out running back T.J. Yeldon for their season finale at Houston. The Jaguars also announced that linebacker Telvin Smith won’t play Sunday.
• Houston outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will miss Sunday’s game because of a foot injury.
• Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston returned to practice Friday for the first time in more than a month and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Oakland.
• The Seattle Seahawks will be without two usual starters on offense, tight end Luke Willson and guard J.R. Sweezy, on Sunday because of concussions.
• Wide receiver Tyler Boyd is giving up his senior season at Pitt to enter the 2016 NFL draft. Boyd set school records with 254 receptions and 3,361 yards receiving in three years with the Panthers. He had 92 receptions for 926 yards and six touchdowns in 2015.
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The amended lawsuit — filed Thursday, just days before a key court date in the dispute — asks the two companies to return the money to users who lost it during 2015 and pay a fine of up to $5,000 per case.
The websites have said they took in more than $200 million in 2015 entry fees from at least 600,000 customers in the state of New York.
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