The middle of the Houston Texans defense took a hit Friday when nose tackle Shaun Cody, the inside anchor of the 3-4 front, was declared out with a rib injury believed to involve a punctured lung.
On offense, starting tight end Owen Daniels, a 2009 Pro Bowl selection and with a team-high five touchdown catches and 37 total, is a game-time decision with a back injury that had him very limited in practice Friday, Houston coach Gary Kubiak said.
It affects us a great deal because were very oriented with the versatility of those players, Kubiak said. Can we still go do everything we do? Yeah, we can. You get limited as far as freshness of guys or a nick and the game can throw you out of a lot of different things. But weve got to work through it.
Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery practiced on a limited basis and is listed as doubtful (hand) but no one expects him or nose tackle Matt Toeaina (calf) to play against Houston. Maybe San Francisco for Jeffery.
Were excited about the progress hes made, and hes doubtful, coach Lovie Smith said. I cant really say much more than that. But we put him as doubtful instead of out.
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.
At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.
Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.
Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.
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