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Panthers CB Gamble to have MRI on injured shoulder

Panthers CB Gamble to have MRI on injured shoulder

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said starting cornerback Chris Gamble will have an MRI on his right shoulder to determine if he has a torn labrum, the same injury that sent offensive lineman Mike Pollak to injured reserve earlier this season.

Gamble has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Dallas and Rivera is ``concerned'' he may end up on injured reserve.

``Once he gets the exam and goes through all that we'll determine'' if he goes on IR, Rivera said. ``Probably the soonest we'll know is Monday.''

As if the Panthers (1-4) need any more problems, Rivera also said three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason is ``very doubtful'' for the Cowboys game because of a lingering knee issue and that rookie Luke Kuechly will make his second start in the middle.

Beason also sat out Carolina's 16-12 loss to Seattle prior to the bye week.

Kuechly, the team's first-round draft pick this year, played well in his absence with 11 tackles and one interception. That also means Thomas Davis will start at weak side linebacker.

``Jon Beason did very, very limited stuff today, so he's very doubtful,'' Rivera said. ``Luke practiced inside and that looks like the direction we'll have to head.''

When he's played Beason has struggled with knee and shoulder problems which affected his strength and ability to tackle. In a Week 3 game against the Near York Giants, running back Andre Brown bounced off a Beason shoulder tackle and kept on going.

Meanwhile, Kuechly said he's feeling comfortable in the middle.

Kuechly played middle linebacker at Boston College and led the nation in tackles twice.

He started the first four games at weak side linebacker for the Panthers. Rivera said earlier in the season the coaching staff did not want to continue to move him from one linebacker position to the other so as to prevent him from feeling overwhelmed.

``It comes back to an extent,'' Kuechly said of returning to middle linebacker. ``There's still some new things we do on our defense. There are a couple of differences, but for the most part it's similar to what I was used to.''

Rivera said Gamble, who has started 117 games in nine seasons, first injured the shoulder against Atlanta on Sept. 30. He sat out Carolina's game against Seattle the following week. He reinjured it in practice this week.

Rivera called Gamble one of the most underrated cornerbacks in the league.

While Carolina's defense ranks 19th in the league against the pass, Gamble has been fairly consistent with the exception of the Giants game.

He's been targeted 14 times and allowed eight catches for 75 yards with two pass breakups, according to STATS LLC. Six of those passes allowed came in a 36-7 loss to the Giants.

Captain Munnerlyn will start in Gamble's spot opposite rookie Josh Norman. In nickel situations, Munnerlyn will slide to the slot and cornerback Josh Thomas will man the outside.

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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards set bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards set bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.

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The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.

 

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Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, George Hill, Larry Nance, Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT (pre- and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington Plus)
Live stream: TNTdrama.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Back in action

The Wizards return to the court after a week-long layoff due to the All-Star break. Add in the fact that they had three days off before their last game and this will be just the second game for the Wizards in the last 12 days. What is this, football?

The Wizards will try to overcome the rust to keep their momentum going. They entered the All-Star break having won seven of their last nine games. Though the time off was needed due to a wide array of injuries, the Wizards had a good thing going and will aim to recapture that against a good Cavs team.

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Tough stretch

The Wizards come back with a game against the Cavs, a difficult first assignment after such a long layoff. But this is just the beginning of what will be a very difficult part of their schedule. In their next 17 games, the Wizards will play 15 times against teams currently holding playoff spots. That includes the Warriors, Celtics, Spurs and Raptors.

The schedule is tough beyond their opponents. Four times in the next three weeks they will play back-to-back games and they have five games in the next seven nights. Hopefully the players recharged their batteries because it won't be easy.

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New-look Cavs

The Wizards and Cavs have played twice this season already and Cleveland took both of those matchups. However, that was all before the trade deadline when the Cavs overhauled their roster. They have won all three of their games since and look rejuvenated with younger players.

Now surrounding LeBron James are a host of new faces like George HIll, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. It will be interesting to see how the Wizards match up with this new group.

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