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Jones-Drew, Gabbert depart Jags loss with injuries

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Jones-Drew, Gabbert depart Jags loss with injuries

Jacksonville lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a foot injury. Then quarterback Blaine Gabbert hurt his left shoulder.

This was one rough day for the Jaguars.

Jones-Drew was on the field for just two snaps Sunday, carrying the ball on the first two plays at Oakland before leaving with an ailing left foot. When Gabbert departed midway through the second quarter with the injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Jacksonville was in control of the game.

But the Jaguars managed only two downs after halftime behind backup quarterback Chad Henne went on to a 26-23 overtime loss.

Jones-Drew hurt his foot on the first play and remained on the field for one more run but couldn't come back after that.

``It felt like a little boo-boo but the second time obviously I felt it so I came out,'' he said. ``I wanted to be out there with those guys today.''

The Redskins also lost a key player during a dramatic road loss.

Tight end Fred Davis tore his left Achilles tendon in the first half of Washington's 27-23 setback against the Giants. He needed help to the sideline and then onto a trainer's table before he was carted to the locker room.

``I didn't know what it was right away,'' said Davis, who will miss the rest of the season. ``I have never experienced anything like that. I was unable to walk and then I knew something really was wrong.

``I was running my route and stuck my leg in and either got stepped on or it happened naturally.''

Davis was the team's leading receiver with 23 catches for 312 yards entering Sunday's game.

``I had a lot of things I wanted to do this year and I was doing it,'' he said. ``It's very discouraging.''

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who has played in 231 successive games, left in the fourth quarter with a right hamstring injury. Coach Mike Shanahan called it a mild strain.

The status of Tennessee linebacker Zac Diles is uncertain after he hurt his right ankle and was carted off from the sideline during a 35-34 win at Buffalo.

Coach Mike Munchak would only say that Diles' injury initially appeared to be more serious than an injury sustained by reserve linebacker Patrick Bailey, who hurt his chest while covering a kickoff in the third quarter.

Diles was hurt while attempting to tackle running back C.J. Spiller on the Bills' first possession. Diles was leaning to his left when he lost his footing and his right ankle twisted beneath him.

Diles slowly limped off the field after being tended to by Titans trainers, and was then driven off from the sideline. He was starting in place of Colin McCarthy, who missed his fourth game with an ankle injury.

The Bills lost right guard Chad Rinehart early in the third quarter after he hurt his left ankle blocking during a run by Spiller. A Titans player fell on the back of Rinehart's leg, forcing Rinehart to be carted off the field.

Coach Chan Gailey had no update on Rinehart's status following the game. Buffalo was already minus starting offensive linemen Kraig Urbik (knee) and Cordy Glenn (knee).

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Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

The Anthony Davis trade will have ripple effects across the NBA, not only on teams, but also on the players involved.

Josh Hart, who was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of the package for Davis on Saturday, could stand to benefit from the move.

First, here's a look at all of the assets reportedly swapped in the deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now, where does the Silver Spring, Md., native figure in the proceedings?

Hart spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 7.9 points in 24.4 minutes per game in his two years in Los Angeles. 

Still, Hart was often the Lakers' third or fourth option at shooting guard behind starter Brandon Ingram and shared minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson. 

LeBron James and the Lakers' win-now strategy left little room to develop Hart last season.

Now in New Orleans, he is part of a franchise rebuilding around presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The trade gave the Pelicans both a younger roster and a long enough timeline for success to develop players.

That can only be good news for Hart, giving him the chance to start fresh and impress Pelicans general manager David Griffin and head coach Alvin Gentry with his potential. 

Where the Sidwell Friends alum fits into the lineup depends on several factors.

At first glance, the new-look Pelicans could start Lonzo Ball at point guard, move Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, then complete the lineup with Ingram at small forward, Williamson at power forward and Julius Randle at center. 

If both Ingram and Holiday remain healthy, Hart would compete with Stanley Johnson to be the first wing off the bench for New Orleans.

But if Ingram does suffer recurring issues related to blood clots, Hart could press his case to start. 

The only issue complicating his place in New Orleans' plans is the No. 4 pick that was traded from the Lakers.

If the Pelicans keep that pick and draft a wing player like Jarrett Culver, Hart could find himself on the outside looking in again. 

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Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

According to a report from ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The announcement comes less than 48 hours into the NBA offseason, although the rumors and speculation of the deal has been a prominent storyline for months.

The much-anticipated deal gives the Lakers the star they've been trying to pair with LeBron James for some time and gives the Pelicans a young nucleus to build around the presumptive No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. 

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Boston Celtics refused to part ways with promising forward Jayson Tatum in a potential trade with New Orleans.

The Celtics had been in the mix for Davis, but with Kyrie Irving likely headed for the exits, Danny Ainge was unwilling to part with his young assets in exchange for the one year remaining on Davis' contract.

Before the Davis domino fell, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes wrote about how a Davis trade could impact Bradley Beal's value

The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics all appear to want Davis and only one can get him, if he is even traded at all.

If the quest for Davis comes down to those three teams, there will be at least two that lose out.

The Knicks or Celtics now must determine whether trading for Beal is their next-best option behind Davis. 

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