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Jones-Drew, Gabbert depart Jags loss with injuries

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Jones-Drew, Gabbert depart Jags loss with injuries

Jacksonville lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a foot injury. Then quarterback Blaine Gabbert hurt his left shoulder.

This was one rough day for the Jaguars.

Jones-Drew was on the field for just two snaps Sunday, carrying the ball on the first two plays at Oakland before leaving with an ailing left foot. When Gabbert departed midway through the second quarter with the injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Jacksonville was in control of the game.

But the Jaguars managed only two downs after halftime behind backup quarterback Chad Henne went on to a 26-23 overtime loss.

Jones-Drew hurt his foot on the first play and remained on the field for one more run but couldn't come back after that.

``It felt like a little boo-boo but the second time obviously I felt it so I came out,'' he said. ``I wanted to be out there with those guys today.''

The Redskins also lost a key player during a dramatic road loss.

Tight end Fred Davis tore his left Achilles tendon in the first half of Washington's 27-23 setback against the Giants. He needed help to the sideline and then onto a trainer's table before he was carted to the locker room.

``I didn't know what it was right away,'' said Davis, who will miss the rest of the season. ``I have never experienced anything like that. I was unable to walk and then I knew something really was wrong.

``I was running my route and stuck my leg in and either got stepped on or it happened naturally.''

Davis was the team's leading receiver with 23 catches for 312 yards entering Sunday's game.

``I had a lot of things I wanted to do this year and I was doing it,'' he said. ``It's very discouraging.''

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who has played in 231 successive games, left in the fourth quarter with a right hamstring injury. Coach Mike Shanahan called it a mild strain.

The status of Tennessee linebacker Zac Diles is uncertain after he hurt his right ankle and was carted off from the sideline during a 35-34 win at Buffalo.

Coach Mike Munchak would only say that Diles' injury initially appeared to be more serious than an injury sustained by reserve linebacker Patrick Bailey, who hurt his chest while covering a kickoff in the third quarter.

Diles was hurt while attempting to tackle running back C.J. Spiller on the Bills' first possession. Diles was leaning to his left when he lost his footing and his right ankle twisted beneath him.

Diles slowly limped off the field after being tended to by Titans trainers, and was then driven off from the sideline. He was starting in place of Colin McCarthy, who missed his fourth game with an ankle injury.

The Bills lost right guard Chad Rinehart early in the third quarter after he hurt his left ankle blocking during a run by Spiller. A Titans player fell on the back of Rinehart's leg, forcing Rinehart to be carted off the field.

Coach Chan Gailey had no update on Rinehart's status following the game. Buffalo was already minus starting offensive linemen Kraig Urbik (knee) and Cordy Glenn (knee).

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Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

There appears to be at least some chance the Wizards will be without starting small forward Otto Porter when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their first round playoff series on Friday night in Washington.

Porter, 24, continues to deal with a right lower leg strain. The injury is located on the outside of his calf and will require further testing from the Wizards' medical staff to determine his status.

Head coach Scott Brooks addressed the media on Thursday and did not rule out an MRI.

"We don't know as of yet, but he's banged up. So, hopefully we will find out some good news and see how he feels tomorrow," Brooks said.

Porter first suffered the injury on April 10 against the Celtics in the Wizards' penultimate regular season game. He missed the regular season finale, but has appeared in all five games of the Wizards-Raptors series.

Brooks did not make it seem likely that Porter will miss Game 6, but expressed uncertainty.

"Anything is possible," he said. "We hope for the best."

Porter appeared hobbled in Game 5 and has at other times this series as well. After the first two games of the series, Brooks was asked about Porter's health and said that he was "100 percent." It's unclear if Porter suffered a setback in the time between, but clearly that isn't the case anymore.

Porter is averaging just 10.0 points in this series, down from his 14.7 per game season average. Ideally, the Wizards would be getting more than that from their third scoring option.

"We need Otto," Brooks said. "We need Otto to be more of a nine or 10-point scorer for us to win this series."

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If this year is going to be different, the Caps cannot go down 0-2 in the series again

If this year is going to be different, the Caps cannot go down 0-2 in the series again

In last year’s playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Capitals won two out of the last three games and three out of the last five…and still lost the series. That’s because they lost both Game 1 and Game 2 to fall into a 0-2 hole, much like they did against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round this season.

The Caps know if this year is going to be different, they cannot afford to fall into a similar hole again.

“It's always harder to dig yourself out of a hole,” head coach Barry Trotz said after Thursday’s morning skate. “You're room for error is a lot less and it wears on you.”

“If we've learned anything from last year, you lose two it's tough to climb out of that,” Jay Beagle said. “Then this year first round, lose two, it's tough to climb out. It makes the series really hard. You always feel like you're chasing and no room for error.”

It did not cost them against Columbus as Washington was able to rattle off four straight wins to advance to the second round. Overcoming a two-game hole against the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions, however, is a taller task.

For only the second time in franchise history, the Capitals were able to overcome a 0-2 series deficit when they did it against the Blue Jackets. That means it doesn’t happen very often.

Chances are you won’t be able to overcome a deficit like that against Sidney Crosby and Co.

And that’s what makes Game 1 so important.

Washington is at home, opening a series against their arch rival, the Penguins will be without both Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin and the game will be played with the memory of how a 0-2 hole cost the Caps the series last year.

To call it a must-win would perhaps be an overstatement. It is a best of seven after all. But it’s still not that far off.

“We've got to just make sure we're looking at game one, we're not looking ahead,” Beagle said. “We've got to go after them in this first game and really try and take it to them in our rink.”

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