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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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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

One of the coolest things about Minor League Baseball is the creativity that comes with it.

The stadiums. The ice cream deals. The interesting mascots. And most importantly, the uniforms.

The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, released special uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

And, oh wow, are they something. Take a look.

On the front of the uniform, you can see the image of where lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the lunar surface of the moon. On the back, a satellite view of the moon is pictured, with the player's number on top of it. Both the number and the cursive "Baysox" on the front are filled in with the American flag.

If you're looking for some to do on Saturday, go support the Baysox and their Moon Landing uniforms. If only there was a jersey giveaway.

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A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

The number eight is sports royalty in the city of Baltimore thanks to Cal Ripken Jr.

If Lamar Jackson has the career many are hoping for, he’ll be another reason for that one day down the road.

For now, he’s a young, athletic quarterback entering his second season in Charm City. But his successful rookie year hasn’t been reflected in Madden NFL 20’s newest ratings.

Jackson came in with an overall rating of 76, tied for 24th among all quarterbacks. Unsurprisingly, his athleticism is highly-regarded, as he leads all signal-callers in speed, acceleration, agility, and elusiveness.

Questions abound about his throwing abilities, leading to the low rating. But that’s not a concern for Jackson himself.

“I can’t feel no way,” the quarterback told media members prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles-Nationals game Wednesday night. “You know, I don’t make Madden. That’s them. But I feel like our team, we’re going to show ‘em this season.”

Jackson continued to praise the Ravens roster. When asked about the high ratings for teammates like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Earl Thomas, Jackson put his thoughts quite succinctly: “We look stacked!”

Of course, with speed and acceleration ratings like Jackson has, it’s fun to imagine how he might fit in on a baseball diamond as well.

“Whew, somewhere in the middle, to make a play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde decided when asked where the Ravens quarterback might play on his roster.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’m a big football fan, so watched him play a lot. And if he wanted to play center field or up the middle, it’d be great,” Hyde continued.

The speedy quarterback agreed, though it came with a caveat.

“Probably,” Jackson quickly answered when asked about his best fit being center field. “But you know, I’m the Ravens QB right now, so I’m good.”

He doesn’t know what his walk-up song would be if he played baseball, but Jackson was definitive about one thing at least: his hot dog preferences.

“I don’t really eat mustard,” he emphasized. “So I just put ketchup, relish...I just go from there. Pretty standard.”

When he’s not eating hot dogs, Jackson is working hard to build chemistry with his new receiving corps, and he seemed optimistic about the results it will bring on the field.

“Looking pretty good,” he described. “You’ll have to see for yourself.”

Knowing how many dual Orioles and Ravens fans there are in Baltimore, Jackson was also happy to provide a little hope as the city’s attention starts to shift from baseball to football. He gave a message to O’s fans who have sat through months of losing baseball and are looking to the Ravens to bring winning back to the city.

“Look forward to us coming out and balling,” he said. “Can’t say too much right now, [the] season’s not here!”

The Ravens season will be here soon enough, and when it is, Jackson will be ready to go out and show both local and national fans what he can do, regardless of what his Madden rating says.

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