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Monday's Sports in Brief

Monday's Sports in Brief

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) All the medical terms associated with Robert Griffin III's knee injury can be boiled down to one simple message: It's not too bad.

Beyond that, there are still some very important unknowns.

The NFL's top-rated quarterback might or might not play Sunday when the Washington Redskins visit the Cleveland Browns. The rookie has a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament on the outside of his right knee, caused when he was hit at the end of a scramble late in regulation in the Redskins' 31-28 overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.

Coach Mike Shanahan, knowing full well that it makes the other team work extra to prepare for two quarterbacks, will no doubt wait as long as possible to publicly commit one way or the other to Griffin or fellow rookie Kirk Cousins.

``Both of them will have a game plan,'' Shanahan said Monday.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Cam Cameron was fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost two straight and are still striving for consistency in the running and passing game.

Cameron ran the Baltimore offense since the start of the 2008 season for coach John Harbaugh. Since that time, the Ravens' attack has repeatedly taken a back seat to the team's defense, and this year the offense ranks 18th with 344.4 yards per game.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was ``on this team rotting away.''

The 49ers made the announcement about two hours after coach Jim Harbaugh's news conference, but provided no explanation for why Jacobs had been disciplined. It is doubtful he would return for the playoffs.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says he expects to play this week against Green Bay.

Cutler says ``unless something drastic happens, absolutely'' he will be ready to play against the Packers after leaving Sunday's loss at Minnesota with a sore neck. He says he got treatment and ``should be ready to go later in the week.''

ATLANTA (AP) - After about two years of discussions, the Atlanta Falcons are a step closer to getting a new downtown stadium.

The state agency that owns the 20-year-old Georgia Dome approved the framework for a deal with the Falcons to build a roughly $1 billion stadium with a retractable roof. There are still several key steps ahead, including exactly how much the government will have to contribute and where it will be built.

The deal calls for the Falcons to pay about 70 percent of the total cost, and the government will pay for the rest with a hotel tax. The Fulton County Commission and the city of Atlanta still must approve using the revenue from the tax to build the new stadium. Mayor Kasim Reed has thrown his support behind the deal.

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Flush with cash after the team's sale this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are busy spending it on starting pitching.

The team introduced left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin (Ree-YOO He-YUN jin) of South Korea, making him the first player to go directly from the Korean league to the major leagues.

And he was just the setup man.

The Dodgers finalized a $147 million, six-year deal with free agent right-hander Zack Greinke later in the day.

The deals for Greinke and Ryu give the Dodgers eight starting pitchers under contract for next season, joining 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.

CHICAGO (AP) - Major League Baseball Advanced Media and StubHub.com announced a new five-year deal that continues the website's role as the official secondary ticket market for the sport while eliminating the cheap listings that had become an eyesore for some clubs.

The minimum price for baseball tickets on StubHub in 2013 will be $6, a far more appealing number for the league after some seats were listed for pocket change during the first five-year deal that expired after this past season.

COLL

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NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost.

The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations.

Already, 422 regular-season games had been called off through Dec. 14 because of the lockout, and the latest cuts on Day 86 of the NHL shutdown claimed 104 more. The New Year's Day Winter Classic and the All-Star game were canceled earlier.

In all, the 526 lost games account for nearly 43 percent of the regular season that was scheduled to begin Oct. 11.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Western Kentucky announced that it has hired Bobby Petrino as the new Hilltoppers' football coach.

WKU athletic director said in a release that Petrino will be introduced at a Monday afternoon news conference.

DENVER (AP) - Mike MacIntyre is leaving San Jose State to coach the University of Colorado football team.

The school announced that MacIntyre signed a five-year deal.

His hiring ends a two-week search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones.

The 51-year-old Petrino replaces Willie Taggart, who left WKU Saturday to become South Florida's coach. Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas and is 75-26 overall in eight seasons as a college head coach.

He was fired by Arkansas in April for a ``pattern of misleading'' behavior following a motorcycle accident. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, whom he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts.

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Eury Jr. will return to the Sprint Cup Series as crew chief for David Stremme at upstart Swan Racing.

The hiring was part of new owner Brandon Davis' plan to use the offseason to make the team competitive.

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Mark Ingram sees COVID-19 issues in MLB, preaches 'positive midset' for Ravens locker room

Mark Ingram sees COVID-19 issues in MLB, preaches 'positive midset' for Ravens locker room

Like most of us, Mark Ingram has taken notice of Major League Baseball's coronavirus problem. And much like the rest of his NFL peers, has to face the reality that the NFL's return-to-play plan is eerily similar to MLB's. 

So how can the NFL avoid outbreaks that may threaten the 2020 season? If you ask Ingram, it starts with positivity and simply following team protocols. 

"Yeah you see the [MLB] stuff, there’s cases, you try to stay positive," Ingram said. You try to stay with the protocols our team has set for us, and when you leave the facility, be safe as possible. Stay at home and take precautions that you’re not exposing yourself unnecessarily."

The Miami Marlins had 20 reported cases in their locker room following their first series of the 2020 season in Philadelphia. They're scheduled to play their first game on Tuesday against the Orioles, nine days after their last contest. In response, Commissioner Rob Manfred warned to shut down the season if teams didn't manage the coronavirus better moving forward. 

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The NFL has an advantage in that games are only played once a week, but the challenges of preventing an outbreak will seemingly be greater given the nature of the game and its player-to-player physicality as well as the roster size for each team.

"You just try to have a positive mindset, and honestly we're aware of [MLB], we're cautious of it," Ingram said. "We're trying to do the best we can with the circumstances and stay hopeful."

NFL teams are already dealing with positive cases one week after the start of training camp. The Bills had to send their rookies home Thursday after five positive tests, while Eagles coach Doug Pederson tested positive Sunday. 

Based on what we've learned with MLB, players following health and safety protocols off the field will be critical for the NFL to successfully execute their 2020 campaign. They aren't in a bubble like the NBA and NHL, so the margin for error is smaller. Hopefully more players share Ingram's mindset on the situation. 

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Report: Ravens to sign former Texans and Saints tight end Jerell Adams

Report: Ravens to sign former Texans and Saints tight end Jerell Adams

The Ravens look like they have acquired the veteran tight end they've been looking for. 

Jerell Adams only registered snaps in one game for the New Orleans Saints last season, but Baltimore has been in the market for a veteran tight end presence to shore up the depth chart, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

The South Carolina product could provide blocking relief for the Purple and Black, as the Ravens traded Hayden Hurst to the Falcons for a couple of drafts picks back in March. 

The report comes just hours after ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Baltimore was looking to add another tight end, with former Washington TE Jordan Reed and Delanie Walker rumored to be options. 

Adams was selected with the 184th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Giants before making a stop in Houston during his three-year career. 

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