CHIEFS RECEIVER THOMAS COULD MISS REST OF SEASON
Chiefs wide receiver DeAnthony Thomas broke a leg during practice and could miss the rest of the season, the latest in a string of injuries to befall the unbeaten team.
The Chiefs also listed Justin Houston as doubtful for Sunday night’s game against the Patriots in New England with a hamstring injury. Free safety Eric Murray has been ruled out with an ankle injury and offensive lineman Laurent DuvernayTardif is out with a broken bone in his leg.
Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that Thomas was taking part in Thursday’s practice when he got stepped on from behind, fracturing the same leg he broke in a game last December. Thomas had surgery to repair the break and had a metal rod inserted, though the latest break did not damage that repair.
“He had what we consider a freak accident,” Burkholder said. “All indications are right now that he won’t need surgery and he will heal up on his own, but he will need some time to heal up.”
49ers apologize to Kaepernick.
CALIF.» The San FrancisSANTA CLARA, co 49ers are apologizing for initially leaving Colin Kaepernick out of a photo gallery celebrating the team’s history against the Green Bay Packers.
The team posted dozens of photos on its website of past games against the Packers before the teams meet again Monday night without at first including any of Kaepernick.
The team later added photos of Kaepernick. This is the first photo gallery the team has run this year but pictures of Kaepernick were included in all seven photo galleries posted on the team’s website last year.
“Unfortunately there were a handful of obvious misses in this gallery posted by our website team and we appreciate them being brought to our attention,” the team said in a statement. “The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and gratitude for the contributions Colin made to our team over the years.”
Kaepernick set an NFL record for quarterbacks by rushing for 181 yards in a playoff win against Green Bay on Jan. 12, 2013, threw for 413 yards in a seasonopening win against the Packers in 2013, and led a winning drive to win a playoff game in Green Bay on Jan. 5, 2014.
Crosby looks to bounce back.
WISC.» Mason Crosby survived BAY, one of the worst seasons of his career by putting together five of his best.
The veteran Green Bay Packers kicker isn’t looking at what happened in 2012, when he made just 21 of 33 fieldgoal attempts, as a pathway to bouncing back from a nightmarish performance last week at Detroit.
Crosby missed four field goals and an extra point, those 13 lost points looming large in a 3123 loss Sunday. He had never missed more than two kicks in a game in his 12year career.
“I look at what happened on Sunday as I’m lumping it into one kick, one entity,” Crosby said Friday. “That was a game, that was a moment, that I couldn’t have ever imagined happening, but it did happen and I can learn from it. I don’t reset, I don’t go looking for things. It’s more, all right, get back into it. What am I going to do better this week? How am I going to improve?”
That’s what the Packers are counting on heading into Monday night’s game against San Francisco.
Pios top Falcons.
The 10thranked University of Denver hockey team opened the season with a victory Friday, knocking off instate rival Air Force, 41.
The Pioneers got goals from Jake Durflinger, Ian Mitchell, Emilio Pettersen and Cole Guttman. Pettersen also had two assists.
Air Force’s goal came on a power play in the second period via Evan Giesler.