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Horton a 'long shot' to make playoffs

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Horton a 'long shot' to make playoffs

Nathan Horton caused a stir of excitement when he was skating on his own earlier in the week, but on Sunday Peter Chiarelli termed the winger a long shot to participate in this years playoffs.

During a conference call with reporters, Chiarelli said that Horton would be at least a couple of weeks away if he was cleared by the teams medical staff, and that hasnt happened quite yet. The Bruins have proven over the last three weeks that they can survive and even thrive as a team with their top line right winger on the shelf, and it appears thats what theyll have to do this postseason.

Certainly if he were to be cleared at some point, hed need at least a couple weeks to get back so hes quite far off right now, said Chiarelli. I know hes skating, but hes had little bouts here and there with post-concussion symptoms. So its a long shot. Im not going to rule him out yet, but its a long shot.

Horton missed the final 36 games of the season with a mild concussion suffered on Jan. 22 against the Philadelphia Flyers, and suffered a setback in February when he attempted to return to the Bruins fold.

Horton would be in danger of suffering his third concussion in less than a year if he did return to the postseason for the Bruins. Thats a considerable concern given that his post-concussion symptoms have lingered over the last three months, and seem to crop up when he ramps up the intensity of his workouts.

Thats the bad news.

The good news is that Horton is smiling and looks good physically, and has reached the point where he can go out for a 40-minute twirl on the ice by himself while working out at a low intensity level.

But thats far from behind ready for playoff hockey.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

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