Holliday doubtful, Porter out for Broncos-Chiefs


Holliday doubtful, Porter out for Broncos-Chiefs

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Kick returner Trindon Holliday is doubtful for the Denver Broncos' season finale against Kansas City because of a sprained ankle.

The injury has sidelined him all week and prevented him from working on ways to cut down on fumbling. He has five fumbles on returns to go with touchdowns on a punt return and a kickoff return.

Coach John Fox said the cure for that is ``you just practice. You work on it. No different than a running back or quarterback as far as in the pocket, receivers after they catch the ball. Anytime you have that ball, you have the other 10 guys' best interest in hand. It'll be something that we'll continue to work on.''

Jimmy Leonhard is expected to handle punt returns and Omar Bolden the kickoff returns if Holliday doesn't play Sunday against the Chiefs.

Cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday. He was injured last week just three snaps into his first game since Oct. 7. He had been sidelined after experiencing symptoms similar to those he had before a seizure during training camp.

``That's so unfortunate because he's been waiting for this opportunity to get back in there. And I just hope he's OK. I think he will be but only time will tell,'' cornerback Champ Bailey said.

Right guard Chris Kuper is 50-50 for Sunday after participating on a limited basis for the second straight day. He's been sidelined with a sprained left ankle and migraines.

Fox said he wasn't worried about Kuper's availability heading into the playoffs.

``He practiced for the first time yesterday and then today. I think he's making good progress,'' Fox said. ``He's been out for a little bit. We're just going to make sure he's ready to play football and we'll make that decision day to day.''

Kuper has played in just six games this season. He missed the first month with a broken forearm and five of the last seven games after spraining his left ankle, the same one in which he tore ligaments in a gruesome injury on New Year's Day.

Fox said he was pleased with the progress of running back Willis McGahee, who went on recallable IR after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Nov. 18 when he was tackled low by San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer.

McGahee is eligible to return to practice next week after missing the final six regular-season games but won't be available to play again unless the Broncos (12-3) reach the AFC championship.

``All indications are it's on schedule and he's getting better every day,'' Fox said of McGahee's rehab. ``He won't be ready here anytime real soon but we'll evaluate that as we get going and finish up the regular season.''


MANNING FOR MVP? Peyton Manning, the only four-time MVP in NFL history, is in the conversation for a fifth MVP award this season. Consider: His stats this year are better than the average stats he put up during his four MVP seasons: 2003, `04, `08 and `09.

He averaged 370 completions in 547 passes (67.8) percent for 4,332 yards, 35 TDs and 12 interceptions with a 103.2 QB rating in his MVP years with the Indianapolis Colts.

This season, he's completed 337 of 554 passes (68.1 percent) for 4,355 yards, 34 TDs and 11 interceptions with a 103.7 QB rating.

``I think what separates Peyton in any kind of voting is he's had an exceptional year with a new team, new city and at arguably the most difficult job in pro sports, the quarterback position,'' coach John Fox said. ``It's unheard of, it's unprecedented. Nobody's ever done it.''


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Chase Young name-dropped Dwayne Haskins and Sean Taylor at the Combine podium

Chase Young name-dropped Dwayne Haskins and Sean Taylor at the Combine podium

Chase Young isn't working out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, so his podium session on Thursday morning was really the only chance for Redskins fans to see him and hear from him.

Somehow, he still delivered.

The Ohio State pass rusher faced all kinds of questions, but not surprisingly, the Burgundy and Gold came up a few times. Turns out, he's already in constant contact with one of the franchise's key players.

"Me and Dwayne, we talk all the time," Young said. "I've known Dwayne since high school. He definitely loves the organization and obviously he wants me to come play with him. I just think we'll see how this whole thing turns out."

The Redskins QB has called Young a "game-wrecker" and was already pushing for his organization to land him the day after the 2019 season ended, so no one should be shocked that Haskins' name is popping up in Young's phone on the regular. 

Young, who's from the D.C. area, also had a chance to discuss his ties to the team growing up. He never really had a favorite squad as a kid, he explained, but he did watch the Redskins often. And a few players made a particular impression on him.

"Growing up, I was always a fan of Sean Taylor, Clinton Portis and people like that," Young told reporters.

It's appropriate Young mentioned Taylor. If Washington does go on to select Young with the No. 2 selection in April, he'll be their highest-drafted defender since they landed the safety back in 2004.

In Young's mind, however, while he very well may end up as the second prospect off the board in Las Vegas, he shouldn't. Joe Burrow and others simply don't match up with him.

"I definitely think I'm the best player in the draft," he said.


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Steve Kerr unsure if Steph Curry is ready for a March 1 return against the Wizards

Steve Kerr unsure if Steph Curry is ready for a March 1 return against the Wizards

Earlier this week it was reported that former NBA MVP Steph Curry was going to make his return from injury this Sunday when the Wizards travel to Golden State. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr isn't necessarily convinced that is the best time to bring him back. 

"Nothing's official. Steph will play when he's ready," Kerr told reporters on Wednesday.

"He's been out for four months and he's done a ton of individual work, but to put somebody into an NBA game, you have to feel really, really comfortable that everything is there conditioning-wise, strength-wise. A lot of that you can't simulate unless it's actual basketball. He's done everything that [the Director of Sports Medicine] Rick (Celebrini) has asked of him and more."

In fact, the Warriors were not aware of Curry's return date being March 1 and that it was "news to us."

"That date has been something that's for sure on Steph's mind," Kerr said. "That's when he wants to play, but he'll play when we all feel like he's ready to go. I think he needs more scrimmage time."

Kerr admits that getting Curry on the court has been difficult with the Warriors' schedule over the past several weeks. Just before the All-Star break, Golden State played three games in five days. Since returning to action they've had another stretch of three in five with no practice days to allow for Curry to truly rejoin the team. 

Curry has been working out to himself ready on his own time. He's been out since Oct. 30 after breaking his left hand against the Suns. Videos of him doing individual drills and playing on the court have given encouraging signs of his return after he was cleared to resume contact last week. That's not enough for Kerr though.

"Two scrimmages against largely non-NBA players - no offense to them - doesn't exactly qualify as perfect preparation," Kerr said. 

Sunday is still an option for his return though. Kerr believes there is still a chance he plays against the Wizards but wants to do what is in the best interest of Curry's health. Understandable, considering they have the worst record in the league and have no aspirations at making the playoffs. 

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