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Lions take another hit: Broyles facing surgery

Lions take another hit: Broyles facing surgery

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Ryan Broyles needs knee surgery again. Titus Young is back in exile.

Ndamukong Suh has been accused of classless behavior by yet another opponent.

The problems keep piling up for the Detroit Lions, who have dropped four straight games, the last three in excruciating fashion at home. Sunday's 35-33 loss to Indianapolis on the final play came with an even bigger cost. Broyles tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee - another setback for the talented-but-unlucky rookie receiver. Broyles tore the ACL in his left knee when he was a senior at Oklahoma.

``It's something he's gone through already,'' coach Jim Schwartz said. ``Ryan's a real hard-working player. He did a great job with his rehab last time. It'll be a bump in the road for him but it won't be something that he can't overcome.''

Broyles has 22 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns. With him out, the Lions (4-8) suddenly have a very thin receiving corps behind star Calvin Johnson. Schwartz said Monday that Young is away from the team again - and he gave no indication when or if the receiver might return. Detroit previously lost Nate Burleson to a season-ending knee injury.

Young was deactivated for Detroit's game against Houston on Thanksgiving for what Schwartz called ``unacceptable'' behavior. He returned to practice last week, but was inactive again for the game against the Colts.

``I certainly believe in second chances. There's no greater story in the NFL or professional sports than redemption and people that overcome situations and things like that. I think we all hold out hope that guys can do that,'' Schwartz said. ``But you need to make the most of the opportunities you have. When you have an issue or you have something that occurs and you do get a second chance and you're welcomed back, you have to do everything to take advantage of that opportunity. I think in this case that didn't happen.''

Young has 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season, and he seemed to have turned a corner in late October when he caught the winning TD in the final minute against Seattle.

``I think they made the decision they had to make, and I'm sure it was a hard decision,'' said offensive lineman Rob Sims, who was emotional talking about Young. ``I think it's hard all the way around. The guy was trying. He was really trying.''

Suh, meanwhile, has been no stranger to controversy, and he's involved in another now. Colts offensive lineman Mike McGlynn accused Suh and other Lions of celebrating too much while Indianapolis lineman Winston Justice was on the ground injured after a Detroit interception in the fourth quarter.

``Totally ignorant on their part,'' McGlynn told the Indianapolis Star. ``Just childish stuff. We're all battling out there; I don't know if the hit was legal or not, but clearly he was hurt, and they're out there dancing and pointing at him and laughing. Just blatant disrespect. They're good players but there's no room for that. It's disgusting, really.''

Suh wasn't in the Detroit locker room when it was open to media Monday, but Schwartz responded to the accusation.

``What shows on the coaches' film is we make an interception with six minutes to go and we're up two scores and looks like it's a really great chance to be able to win that game. Guys were looking to make blocks, guys made blocks,'' Schwartz said. ``It's off after that. There were no penalties on that play. Our guys were rightfully excited. We had a very good pass rush on that. The quarterback, like we had talked about all week, had to elevate his throw.

``We're excited about it. I don't think anybody's reveling in anybody being injured or anything like that.''

Colts players had the day off Monday. Interim coach Bruce Arians said he didn't see the celebration by the Lions on film.

``It was a block on an interception. I don't think it was the block as much as it was the celebration for knocking him out,'' Arians said. ``It's not on film. But I know that's why Mike took issue. A bunch of the guys on the sideline saw it and I don't really have anything to say about it.''

That's what this Detroit season has turned into: a weekly rehashing of the team's troubles. The Lions led each of the last three games with 2:00 remaining in regulation, but lost them all.

What looked last year like one of the league's most promising young franchises is now stuck in a rut. And the road doesn't become any easier next weekend when the Lions play at Green Bay.

``I wouldn't say regressed. We've gone off track for sure,'' Schwartz said. ``We've made those plays at times this year. We haven't done it enough.''

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AP Sports Writer Michael Marot contributed to this story.

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How to effectively spend money at the Fan Shop at the MLB All-Star FanFest

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How to effectively spend money at the Fan Shop at the MLB All-Star FanFest

FanFest is overwhelming. There are a ton of different things going on at once in a giant convention center hall. But there's one safe area to go and be at peace. The Fan Shop.

The problem with the Fan Shop — and it's not just unique to this one — is that everything is too expensive. Everything.

But fear not, we've done our research, and have a plan for how to (and how not to) spend your money as well as some interesting items you can buy.

The most efficient way to spend $20

Ok kids, your parents just gave you a nice crisp 20 from the ATM over in the corner and told you to be back in 15 minutes. That's not nearly enough time to scour the whole Fan Shop and find the best things to buy. Don't worry. We've spent hours in the Fan Shop researching for this very situation.

We're going for variety here. We could theoretically just get five All-Star Game buttons to wear, but that's no fun. We could blow it all on one item: a pair of socks, a shirt, a small stuffed animal, a mug. Unless one of those things are the greatest of that thing you've ever seen, let's not make that our only purchase.

Let's go with an All-Star Game decal for $6.99 to start. You can put that on your car, laptop, refrigerator, or basically anything. The possibilities are endless. With our remaining $13, we don't have a lot of options if we want to buy more than one thing, and we do. To make that happen, we're buying an All-Star Game coozie for $6.99, snagging a button for $3.99 and walking back to mom and dad with some change.

The most efficient way to spend $50

Well it's our lucky day. Somebody just got paid and sent you into the Fan Shop with a green Ulysses S. Grant. Now you can actually buy legitimately useful things.

An All-Star Game t-shirt is a must. You can wear it over and over to show off how cool you are. That'll cost $30, though, so now we've got to scramble again.

Do you hear that? It's a shot glass calling your name. Even if you're not 21, it's probably more fun to drink that nasty, liquid children's cough medicine out of a shot glass than the plastic cup that comes with the bottle. Pony up the $8 and move along.

All the cool kids have sweet key straps nowadays, and the one that's hanging on the rack five feet to your right is only $10. Go get it, put some keys on it and get twirling like that cute lifeguard at the pool.

The most efficient way to spend $100

Let's get one thing out of the way. If you can't efficiently spend $100, then before reading this you should probably go get some help.

That being said, it's summer and you need to keep the sun out of your face. Go get a $35 hat.

One very nice store attendant was kind enough to point out that they were selling the same socks the players will wear for both the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game. You have to get them. They're $25, and we've got $40 left.

It's time to be a kid again. A 17-pack of baseball cards is only $10, and maybe one of those guys will make your great-great-great-great grandson some money when he finds the card in a box in the attic in like 150 years. Who knows, but the potential return on investment seems worth a 10-spot.

Oh wow you just remembered your aunt just had a baby a few months ago. You know what that baby wants? A stuffed animal. Grab that one over by the checkout counter for $20. While you're over there, spend your last $10 on a mug.

The most and least expensive items in the Fan Shop

This one took some digging. But after several hours searching through the depths of the Fan Shop, we're confident we've found the most and least expensive things you can buy.

The most expensive item wasn't that hard, honestly, given it screams "I'M SUPER EXPENSIVE."

That's right, this Dooney & Bourke custom team gigantic bag is $399.99. Now, if you're insane and/or wealthy enough to spend that kind of dough on a bag that has your favorite baseball team on it, be my guest. My advice would be to save your money for something better, like 66 beers at one of the concessions stands. Remember, you're the one with the problem, not I.

The cheapest item was much harder to find for a few reasons. First, it's tiny and nowhere near the entrance. Second, it's something people generally won't be looking for because it's a button and, well, who wants a button? Nobody. Nobody wants a button.

This button costs only $3.99 plus however many hospital trips you have to make because you can't stop stabbing yourself with the pointy edge of the fastener. On second thought, this may deceptively be the most expensive item in the Fan Shop. Well played, MLB Fan Shop, well played.

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

It might be hard to remember now, but there was a week late last season for the Redskins where most informed people considered Kevin O'Connell on his way out. The talented young quarterbacks coach was being pursued by Chip Kelly to be offensive coordinator at UCLA, and the smart money suggested O'Connell would take the job. 

Except he didn't. 

O'Connell decided to stay with the Redskins and continue to work on Jay Gruden's staff. In turn, Washington promoted O'Connell to passing game coordinator, a new title that likely means much more involvement in game-planning. 

Working for Gruden comes with some perks. Sean McVay ran the offense for Gruden for a few seasons and landed a prime head coaching job with the Rams. McVay has plenty of his own talent, but throughout the NFL, Gruden's offense is widely respected. 

How will O'Connell's influence shape things this fall?

Consider that he deserves some credit for Kirk Cousins improved play out of the pocket in 2017. Now combine a coach that schemes plays for QBs on the move with new Washington passer Alex Smith, a strong runner and serious athlete, and this offense could look much more mobile in 2018. 

Gruden still has the final call on gameday, but O'Connell's voice will matter this year, more so than before. Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh retain their roles and prominence in the offensive game-planning, for sure, but as Washington imports more run-pass option plays and QB movement, know that O'Connell is playing his part. 

Things will look different with Alex Smith running the Redskins offense than they did with Kirk Cousins at the helm. 

Just remember, O'Connell didn't turn down a job in Hollywood for no reason. 

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