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Patriots without Gronkowski, Spikes at Jaguars

Patriots without Gronkowski, Spikes at Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The New England Patriots are without tight end Rob Gronkowski and linebacker Brandon Spikes at Jacksonville.

It is the fifth consecutive game Gronkowski has missed while recovering from a broken forearm. Spikes sat out because of knee and ankle injuries. Both players had been listed as questionable.

Defensive back Antonio Dennard, running back James Develin, offensive lineman Markus Zusevics, defensive end Jake Bequette and defensive lineman Ron Brace also are inactive for the Patriots (10-4).

The Jaguars (2-12) are without cornerback Antwaun Molden, linebacker Brandon Marshall, guard Eben Britton, defensive end Austen Lane and running backs Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings and Jonathan Grimes. Jones-Drew and Jennings were ruled out Friday.

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WATCH: Bradley Beal's tomahawk slam is going to give Andre Drummond nightmares

WATCH: Bradley Beal's tomahawk slam is going to give Andre Drummond nightmares

If Andre Drummond felt disrespected by the Pistons just for trading him to Cleveland, then he is definitely not going to be a fan of Bradley Beal after the Wizards' star put him on a poster Friday night at Capital One Arena.

Good thing for Drummond, when Beal attacked the rim shortly after, he knew to move out of the way.

Drummond was traded to the Cavaliers during the trade deadline from the Pistons.

Back in January on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while he was still playing in the Motor City, Beal reminded Drummond not to guard him on the perimeter either.

After crossing up Drummond, Beal hit him with a step-back three and then reminded him that you should really slide your feet on defense. 

Drummond won't be looking forward to any further trips to the nation's capital.

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NBA Rumors: Lakers reportedly waive DeMarcus Cousins

NBA Rumors: Lakers reportedly waive DeMarcus Cousins

After signing Markieff Morris to a contract following the former Wizard's buy out from the Pistons, the Lakers reportedly waived center DeMarcus Cousins to open a roster spot. 

Health has been a major issue over the last two years for Cousins. He hasn't played a game this year thanks to a torn ACL he suffered before the season, and he missed all but 30 games last year due to an Achilles injury he suffered with the Pelicans midway through the 2017-18 season. 

Before injuries robbed Cousins of the majority of his prime, he was arguably the best big man in the game. Prior to his Achilles injury in New Orleans, he was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting 47% percent from the floor and 35.4% from three on 6.1 attempts per game. 

For the Wizards, Cousins could represent another low risk, high reward big man acquisition that the Lakers couldn't find any use for. Washington acquired both Thomas Bryant and Moe Wagner from LA for practically nothing and both have played well after their relocation to D.C. 

Also, John Wall played with Cousins at the University of Kentucky and both have mentioned a desire to play together again at some point. Neither player is expected to return from injury this season, so they could both go on an NBA revenge tour together alongside Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura. 

In the meantime, we'll have to wait and see what Cousins decides to do. According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, Cousins won't officially be waived until Sunday. The team who claims him will be able to offer him up to $4.2 million in salary this summer. 

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