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Jeter says he should be ready for season opener

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Jeter says he should be ready for season opener

NEW YORK (AP) Derek Jeter cheerily posed with four student leaders from his Turn 2 Foundation who were wearing Yankees jerseys and elf hats and asked a question to the group of photographers snapping away.

``Who's going to blow up this photo?'' he quipped.

Looking trim in a form-fitting shirt and wearing a protective boot on his surgically repaired left ankle, Jeter was in a jovial mood Wednesday night as he returned to the Bronx to surprise more than 500 children from New York City at his foundation's holiday party. It was his first public appearance at Yankee Stadium since that operation in late October, and he used the opportunity to joke about a photo published last week in a New York tabloid that made him appear overweight.

Jeter broke his ankle lunging for a grounder in Game 1 of the AL championship series against Detroit on Oct. 13. He had surgery a week later and the Yankees said recovery time would be four to five months.

The 38-year-old Yankees captain insists he's on a path that will allow him to be New York's shortstop on opening day, April 1.

``I feel good. It was a tough first five, six weeks where you sit on your couch with your feet elevated but now I feel as though I'm moving around pretty good,'' he said. ``I think I'm right where I need to be.''

One thing Jeter wasn't doing while resting was paying close attention to the offseason rumors about free agents and potential trades. That's not his style. Still, he was sad to see infielder Eric Chavez agree to a deal with Arizona earlier Wednesday and catcher Russell Martin leave for Pittsburgh.

``I check the name tags when we get into spring training,'' Jeter said about discovering who his new teammates will be.

He does know that with Alex Rodriguez out until possibly early summer because he needs left hip surgery ``other guys are going to have to step up.''

``You can't sit around and hang your head. You have to move forward,'' Jeter said.

Jeter wasn't aware that A-Rod expressed discomfort in his right hip during the playoffs. He said he was dealing with his own pain.

An All-Star for the 13th time in 2012, Jeter had a resurgent season. He led the American League with 216 hits and batted .316 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs. He first injured his ankle in mid-September and then fouled balls off his foot several times after that. But he wanted to play.

``It was sore. You don't really talk about it. You play or you don't play. I felt as if I can play on it. I played on it for some time,'' he said. ``I guess I pushed it a little too much.''

In the holiday spirit with his foundation - it has doled out more than $16 million in grants since 1996 to organizations that help steer young people away from alcohol and drugs - one thing Jeter didn't need to do was dress as Santa Claus for the event.

``The (New York) Post put me into a Santa suit a few days ago,'' he said.

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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