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Bears hit with more injuries

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Bears hit with more injuries

Undermanned Chicago was hit with more injuries Sunday in a loss to Seattle, including to star linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Urlacher injured a hamstring in the 23-17 defeat. Cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) also was hurt on the Seahawks' winning drive, after receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) and safety Chris Conte (illness) left earlier in the game.

The Bears had already ruled out return specialist Devin Hester (concussion) and guard Chris Spencer (knee) after they were injured against Minnesota. Throw in the torn ACL guard Lance Louis suffered against the Vikings, and the Bears were a short-handed bunch.

Dolphins left tackle Jake Long hurt his left triceps against New England. Long, the top overall pick in the 2008 draft, stood on the sideline in the second quarter with a bag of ice on his arm and didn't return. X-rays were taken, but the team didn't release the results.

Last year he went on injured reserve before the final game because of a torn right biceps.

49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder) did not return after getting hurt in the fourth quarter at St. Louis. Coach Jim Harbaugh said the team ``won't know right away'' about the severity of the injury.

Already injury-depleted, Green Bay lost receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and offensive lineman T.J. Lang (ankle). Lang started the first nine games at left guard before moving over to right tackle after Bryan Bulaga suffered a season-ending hip injury.

The Titans lost right tackle David Stewart, who broke his right leg on the opening series against the Texans. Stewart was blocking on a 26-yard running play by Chris Johnson when Texans linebacker Barrett Ruud rolled into his right leg. Trainers put an air cast on Stewart's lower right leg, while a cart quickly came out to pick him up.

Left guard Steve Hutchinson injured his right knee, returned briefly in the third quarter when left tackle Michael Roos got hurt, then limped off the field before returning on the next series. Titans receiver Damian Williams hurt a hamstring missing a pass as he went out of bounds and collided with a security guard.

Houston cornerback Brice McCain, starting with Johnathan Joseph out, hurt his left foot in the first half. Tight end Garrett Graham suffered a head injury.

Jets tight end Dustin Keller left against the Cardinals with an injured left ankle. Keller was hurt late in the opening half, hopping off the field and being checked out on the sideline by trainers before walking to the locker room.

New York kick returner-running back Joe McKnight injured his ribs in the third quarter and didn't return.

Lions rookie receiver Ryan Broyles appeared to injure his right knee midway through the first quarter against Indianapolis. Broyles tore a ligament while he was a senior at Oklahoma, but that was in his left knee.

Colts offensive lineman Joe Reitz left in the first quarter with a suspected concussion.

Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers and safety Abe Elam were sidelined against Carolina. Elam left with a left leg injury and Flowers hobbled to the sideline with a hamstring injury after making a tackle late in the first quarter.

Panthers linebacker James Anderson left with an eye injury.

Already down starter Maurice Jones-Drew (left foot) and backup Jalen Parmele (groin), the Jaguars lost running back Rashad Jennings, who sustained a concussion in the second quarter against Buffalo. Then their leading receiver, Cecil Shorts III, sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter.

The list of injuries is growing for the Bills, too.

Leading receiver Stevie Johnson did not return after hurting his left hamstring in the third quarter. Center Eric Wood hurt his left knee, and right tackle Chris Hairston couldn't finish after hurting his right ankle. Cornerback and return specialist Leodis McKelvin also couldn't finish because of a nagging back injury.

Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor hurt his right ankle in the first quarter at Baltimore and coach Mike Tomlin said FB Will Johnson ``probably has a concussion.''

Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard left against Tampa Bay with an ankle injury.

Bengals rookie CB Dre Kirkpatrick sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter at San Diego. Chargers right tackle Jeromey Clary had a knee injury.

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Jay Gruden shown no love in preseason coaches ranking

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Jay Gruden shown no love in preseason coaches ranking

Yahoo! Sports ranked all 32 head coaches in the NFL and Washington Redskins fans may not be too happy with where Jay Gruden ended up.

Entering his fifth year as head coach, Gruden was ranked as the No. 27 head coach in the NFL. Here's Yahoo!'s rationale behind his ranking:

"Four years, one playoff berth, one plus-.500 season, one franchise quarterback run out of town."

All that is ... not false, but the whole franchise quarterback being run out of town thing is at least debatable. And even if the ranking is fair, it's still okay to be upset because it's the middle of July, training camp hasn't started yet and the offseason is the perfect time to get irrationally angry about things like these.

Elsewhere in the NFC, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur checks in at No. 23, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is No. 17 and the Eagles' Doug Pederson is No. 2.

Unsurprisingly, Bill Belichick was ranked No. 1; he may be the greatest of all time when all is said and done, if not already. The top five rounds out with Pederson at No. 2, New Orleans's Sean Payton at No. 3, Minnesota's Mike Zimmer at No. 4 and Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin at No. 5.

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Stroman pitches 7 sharp innings as Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-1

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Stroman pitches 7 sharp innings as Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-1

TORONTO (AP) -- Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman gave up hits to the first three Baltimore batters Saturday.

The Orioles got just two more hits the rest of the afternoon.

Stroman pitched seven sharp innings for his second win in three starts and Toronto beat Baltimore 4-1 for its sixth straight victory over the struggling Orioles.

"He started working both sides of the plate with his sinker and I think that threw them off a little bit, especially late in counts," Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile said. "Overall it was just kind of vintage Stroman."

Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb picked up his major league-worst 13th loss. The Orioles dropped to 1-8 against Toronto this season.

"I absolutely hate seeing that win-loss in parentheses next to my name," Cobb said. "It's sickening."

Stroman (3-7) allowed one run and five hits. He threw a season-high 107 pitches, the first time this season he has topped 100.

Stroman is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts since returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss more than a month. He went 0-5 in seven starts before the injury.

"Since he's come back from the DL he's been really good," manager John Gibbons said. "I just think he's pitching like he's always pitched."

Stroman said he's focused on forgetting his early season struggles.

"I know I didn't have the first half I wanted but I've always been someone who prides myself on the second half and finishing strong," Stroman said. "That's something I'll look to continue to do this year."

Friend and teammate Devon Travis likes what he's seen from Stroman since the right-hander returned from injury.

"He's got that fire back," Travis said. "He's really under control. I think he's locking in on every single pitch."

Seunghwan Oh worked the eighth and Ryan Tepera finished for his seventh save in 12 opportunities.

Baltimore scored one run or fewer for the 27th time, the most in the majors.

The first three Orioles batters all singled, although Jonathan Schoop was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. After Adam Jones gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead with an RBI hit to right, Mark Trumbo grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Blue Jays answered with a three-run fourth against Cobb, taking advantage of a key Orioles error.

Justin Smoak opened the inning with a walk and, following a video review, was ruled safe at second after Cobb's high throw pulled shortstop Tim Beckham off the base on at attempted force play.

"That's not it in a nutshell but I can understand why that's the focus, a play we haven't been making," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Randal Grichuk followed with an RBI double, a second run scored on Diaz's double play grounder, and Maile capped the rally with an RBI single.

Diaz had four hits Friday, including the game-winning single in the 10th. He went 2 for 3 Saturday with a pair of singles.

The Blue Jays made it 4-1 in the fifth when Teoscar Hernandez doubled, advanced on a fly ball and scored on Cobb's balk.

Cobb (2-13) lost his sixth straight decision, allowing four runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings. Showalter said Cobb was removed to avoid worsening a blister on his pitching hand.

"I was only going to have a few more pitches going into the sixth so he felt like the risk-reward was not really worth it," Cobb said.

Grichuk made the defensive play of the game, a running catch on the warning track in left center to retire Trumbo for the first out of the ninth.

GOING DOWN?

Jones and Chris Davis got stuck in an elevator at the team's downtown hotel following Friday night's defeat. Jones documented much of the saga on Instagram. The players and fellow passengers were eventually rescued by Toronto Fire Services staff. The sound system at Rogers Centre played a few bars of Aerosmith's `Love in an Elevator' before Jones batted in the fourth inning Saturday.

NO HOMERS

Toronto won without hitting a home run for just the third time in 26 games this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Baltimore is expected to demote a reliever when RHP Andrew Cashner (neck) is activated off the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cashner (2-9, 4.56) last pitched July 10, when he allowed five runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings against the Yankees. Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (10-6, 4.29) is 0-3 with a 9.75 ERA in three July starts.