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Jets' Ryan expects Tebow to be cleared vs. Cards

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Jets' Ryan expects Tebow to be cleared vs. Cards

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Tim Tebow has played with a broken leg. A fractured collarbone, too.

He would ``love'' to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. But, two cracked ribs kept the New York Jets backup quarterback on the sideline last week - and he isn't sure if he'll end up be back there again this weekend.

``I'm getting better every day,'' Tebow said Wednesday. ``Slowly getting better. It's good.''

Tebow was limited at practice and acknowledged that he didn't do much throwing. He's a left-handed tosser, and the broken ribs are on the left side of his torso. The injury is expected to limit him the rest of the week, leaving him as a possible game-time decision - as he was against New England last Thursday night.

``Pretty much whatever they asked me to do,'' Tebow said of what he did at practice. ``Got a few reps here and there, so just taking it slowly.''

He did add, however, that although it ``might not feel the best,'' he thinks he could ``manage'' if he had to play today and take a hit from an opposing defensive player.

Coach Rex Ryan thinks Tebow will be cleared to play Sunday ``like he was last week.''

``We'll see how he progresses through the week,'' Ryan added before practice.

Tebow was injured at Seattle on Nov. 11, played three offensive snaps the following week at St. Louis. He was active but Ryan kept him on the sideline - to be used only in ``an emergency'' - against New England after the quarterback convinced the coach he could play following a pregame evaluation.

Ryan has been criticized by some for keeping Tebow active rather than making third-stringer Greg McElroy available. Tebow reiterated that he would have been able to play against the Patriots if something had happened to starter Mark Sanchez.

``It was a big game and definitely something that I didn't want to miss if needed to help the team,'' Tebow said. ``I'm glad they got my input, but ultimately, it's their decision.''

Tebow is not concerned about the nature of the injury making him less effective, but rather he'd be more worried about having a setback that would sideline him longer. That, he said, would be on the Jets' medical staff to determine.

``They worry about it and make sure that it couldn't get worse,'' he said. ``That's an option and they'll do the smart thing for me.''

Tebow has been known to have a high tolerance for pain, as proven in high school, when he played through a broken leg and even scored on a 20-yard run. He wasn't concerned then that continuing to play would threaten his long-term health.

``Not with that,'' he said. ``It's already broken. It's just your fibula, and, go play. We were losing. That's what I was worried about in that game.

He also played with a broken collarbone in Denver's playoff loss to New England last season.

``It wasn't fun,'' Tebow said with a big smile.

Despite the fact he has had a very limited role in the Jets' offense this season, daily updates on his ribs have become national news. And it hardly fazes Tebow.

``Most things right now tend to be that way,'' he said, laughing.

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Referees miss blatant boarding by Paquette on Orpik

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Referees miss blatant boarding by Paquette on Orpik

A rough hit to the back of Brooks Orpik left him down on the ice and slow to get up. Cedric Paquette skated back to his bench and waited for the trainer to attend to Orpik and (probably) for the referees to call his number and send him to the box.

The penalty, however, never came.

You always hear in hockey that if you can see a player's numbers, you should pull up on the hit.

What that refers to is the numbers on the back of a player's jersey. You are not allowed to hit a player directly in the back into the boards.

The official definition of boarding according to the NHL rule book is, "any player who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently or dangerously." Hitting a player "in the numbers" is a defenseless position.

Apparently Cedric Paquette didn't know that and, unfortunately for the Capitals, neither did the referees.

Someone explain to me how this is not a boarding penalty:

Sometimes referees are put in a tough position because a player turns his back right before they take the hit, thus putting themselves in a vulnerable position to draw a penalty. That was not the case here. Orpik never turned.

When Tom Wilson hit Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese in the second period, the hockey world spent the next day debating whether it was an illegal hit. There is no debate here, no grey area. Just a clear board.

And no call.

You can understand referees wanting to put away the whistles for a Game 7, but you have to call the blatant dangerous plays like this. This was a bad miss by the referees, plain and simple.

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

The Wizards will hold their third pre-draft workout on Thursday at Capital One Arena, this time featuring four local standouts out of the six players attending. Highlighting that group is Yuta Watanabe of George Washington, the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full list with notes on each player...

Phillip Carr, F, Morgan State (6-9, 205)

Carr averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season at Morgan State in Maryland. He shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line, excellent for a big man.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

James Daniel III, G, Tennessee (6-0, 172)

Originally from Hampton, Va., Daniel III played four years at Howard University in D.C. before transferring to Tennessee as a redshirt senior. He was the MEAC Player of the Year in his last healthy season at Howard. Daniel III averaged 5.6 points in 35 games for the Volunteers.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Marcus Derrickson, F, Georgetown (6-7, 250)

Derrickson hails from nearby Bowie, Md. He played three years with the Hoyas and averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 46.5 percent from three this past season. 

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Etou, F, Tulsa (6-8, 235)

Originally from the Republic of Congo, Etou went to high school at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va. He is Serge Ibaka's cousin and didn't start playing basketball until he was 15. Etou averaged 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this past season.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Robinson, G, Mount St. Mary's (5-5, 150)

The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Robinson averaged 22.0 points and 4.8 assists this past season. He was a four-year starter at Mount St. Mary's.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Yuta Watanabe, F, George Washington (6-9, 205)

One of the best basketball players to ever come from Japan, Watanabe was a defensive standout for the Colonials who developed into a solid scorer by his senior year. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He is known in Japan as 'The Chosen One' and both of his parents played basketball professionally. NBC Sports Washington first reported he would work out with the Wizards this week.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent; best chance for NBA is as defensive specialist

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