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Tennessee Titans' Jared Cook (89) makes an 18-yard touchdown reception against Indianapolis Colts' Antoine Bethea (41) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 6, 2011, then Arkansas NCAA college football coach Bobby Petrino discusses the Razorbacks prospects during a news conference in Fayetteville, Ark. Western Kentucky has hired Petrino as its new football coach, said a person familiar with the decision. The person said the former Arkansas coach is expected to be introduced at a Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, news conference. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school has not officially announced Petrino's hiring. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, file)
Bills RB Jackson has sprained knee
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – A person familiar with Fred Jackson’s injury said the Buffalo Bills running back has a sprained ligament in his right knee that could force him to miss the final three games of the season.
The person said yesterday that Jackson doesn’t require surgery but will miss between two and four weeks. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed the nature of the injury.
During his weekly show on Buffalo’s WGR-Radio yesterday, Coach Chan Gailey characterized Jackson’s injury as “not good,” and expected the player to miss at least two weeks.
Jackson was hurt with about 5:30 left in a 15-12 loss to St. Louis on Sunday, when he was tackled following a 2-yard run.
Buffalo (5-8) meets Seattle (8-5) in Toronto on Sunday.
Jaguars coach Mularkey hospitalized with illness
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Mike Mularkey was hospitalized after feeling ill.
Mularkey showed up at the facility yesterday morning, a day after his team’s 17-10 loss to the New York Jets, and felt ill. He went to a team trainer, who took him to a hospital for tests.
The team said Mularkey might be kept overnight, but offered few other details about his illness.
The Jaguars expect Mularkey back at work today.
Jacksonville (2-11) has lost nine of its last 10 games, a disappointing first season for Mularkey. The Jaguars rank 31st in the league in offense and defense, playing most of the year without star running back Maurice Jones-Drew and starting linebackers Daryl Smith and Clint Session.
Titans’ Cook out for season with torn rotator cuff
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee tight end Jared Cook has a torn right rotator cuff and Coach Mike Munchak said Cook will be placed on injured reserve for the final three games.
Cook caught an 18-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive in Sunday’s 27-23 loss to Indianapolis, but he hurt his shoulder catching a screen pass late in the third quarter.
The tight end ranks second with 44 catches and has 523 yards receiving. He will become the 15th player on injured reserve, and Munchak called it unfortunate.
Cook said the season-ending injury is a tough blow. He was honored yesterday as the Titans’ community man of the year for raising money for breast cancer research and exams in honor of his mother, Yulinda, a breast cancer survivor.
Chiefs’ Bowe to miss Oakland game with rib injury
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will miss next weekend’s game at Oakland with a rib injury, and Coach Romeo Crennel said yesterday that it’s possible Kansas City’s leading receiver could be out the rest of the year.
Bowe went to the locker room after the first quarter of Sunday’s loss in Cleveland with what the team announced as a rib issue. He didn’t return.
Bowe, who is playing this season on a $9.5 million contract after getting franchised by the Chiefs, is once again leading the team in receptions. He has 59 catches for 801 yards and three touchdowns.
Crennel said safeties Abe Elam (quadriceps) and Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), left tackle Branden Albert (back) and running back Cyrus Gray (neck) will receive treatment before deciding whether they can play Oakland.
49ers suspend RB Jacobs
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was “on this team rotting away.”
The 49ers said yesterday, about two hours after Coach Jim Harbaugh’s news conference, that Jacobs had been disciplined.
Jacobs became increasingly verbal in his frustration via social media during the weekend over a lack of playing time.
Harbaugh declined to address Jacobs’ comments, even when asked whether Jacobs is still on the team. He said he was invoking his “fifth amendment” right.
The 30-year-old Jacobs has five carries for 7 yards while being active for only two games with the NFC West-leading Niners (9-3-1). He spent his first seven NFL seasons with the New York Giants and has called this his “worst” year.
Gamecocks’ Lattimore declaring for NFL
COLUMBIA, S.C. – People familiar with the decision say injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft.
One person said yesterday that Lattimore is expected to announce his decision later this week. The people spoke with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there has not been an official announcement of Lattimore’s decision.
The running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee on Oct. 27. Doctors say Lattimore had successful surgery to repair several ligaments on Nov. 2.
Lattimore injured his left knee in 2011 as a sophomore. He rushed for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, both team highs. He is South Carolina’s career leader with 41 touchdowns.
Western Kentucky hires Petrino as football coach
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bobby Petrino arrived at Western Kentucky and said he and his wife Becky “consider this coming home.”
Pertino was introduced yesterday as the new Hilltoppers’ football coach. The 51-year-old Petrino replaces Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become South Florida’s coach.
Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas and is 75-26 overall as a college head coach. He is looking forward to “building on the standards” that Taggart established.
Petrino was fired by Arkansas in April for a “pattern of misleading” behavior following a motorcycle accident. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant had gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell’s presence.
Ludwick signs 2-year, $15 million deal with Reds
CINCINNATI – Left fielder Ryan Ludwick signed a two-year, $15 million deal to stay with the Cincinnati Reds.
He agreed to the deal over the weekend. It includes a mutual option for the 2015 season.
The 34-year-old outfielder batted .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBIs in 125 games last season. He started 107 games in left field. When first baseman Joey Votto got hurt at midseason, Ludwick emerged as one of the team’s most consistent run producers, helping the Reds win the NL Central for the second time in three years.
Ludwick came to Cincinnati on a one-year, $2 million deal for 2012 that included a mutual option for 2013 at $5 million. He took a $500,000 buyout instead, interested in seeing what other teams would offer.
White Sox announce 3-year deal with Keppinger
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox said they have agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with infielder Jeff Keppinger.
The team announced the deal yesterday after reaching an agreement last week. He is set to earn $3.5 million next season, $4 million in 2014 and $4.5 million in 2015.
Keppinger hit a career-high .325 in 115 games with Tampa Bay last season. He made 41 starts at third base, 23 at second, 21 at first and 19 as the designated hitter. He is expected to play third for the White Sox. Kevin Youkilis finished last season there for Chicago and became a free agent.
Keppinger is a career .288 hitter over eight seasons with the New York Mets, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Houston, San Francisco and Tampa Bay.
Eury Jr. named Stremme’s crew chief at Swan Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Eury Jr. was named crew chief for David Stremme at upstart Swan Racing.
The team was purchased by Brandon Davis in early September, and the new owner is using the offseason to put together the pieces needed to make the No. 30 Toyota competitive.
Eury’s hiring yesterday is part of that process. Eury won 19 Sprint Cup races with Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr., and was most recently Danica Patrick’s crew chief in the Nationwide Series at JR Motorsports.
He is a cousin of Earnhardt Jr. and a co-owner of JR Motorsports, but a difference in philosophy between Eury and Earnhardt led to a late season split.
Davis purchased the assets of Inception Racing, which was a start-and-park team last season.