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Clowney Back on the Practice Field

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney practiced Friday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus during the second week of September.

Clowney, who was the first pick of this year’s draft, practiced with a brace on his right knee. Despite practicing, Clowney will be a game-time decision according to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

“He didn’t take a ton of reps today, but the ones that he did he seemed to be moving around well,” O’Brien said.

The 21-year-old was injured during the first half of the Texans season opener versus Washington while trying to bat down a pass. Clowney jumped to hit the ball and landed funny.

Whitney Mercilus has been playing in place of Clowney. In six games this season, Mercilus has 19 tackles.

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Clowney Back on the Practice Field

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney practiced Friday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus during the second week of September.

Clowney, who was the first pick of this year’s draft, practiced with a brace on his right knee. Despite practicing, Clowney will be a game-time decision according to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

“He didn’t take a ton of reps today, but the ones that he did he seemed to be moving around well,” O’Brien said.

The 21-year-old was injured during the first half of the Texans season opener versus Washington while trying to bat down a pass. Clowney jumped to hit the ball and landed funny.

Whitney Mercilus has been playing in place of Clowney. In six games this season, Mercilus has 19 tackles.

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Celtics Trade with Pistons for Bynum

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Boston Celtics traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for guard Will Bynum Friday.

The move saves the Celtics $900,000.

The 31-year-old Bynum has been dealing with a hamstring injury and didn’t play in Detroit’s first four exhibition games.

Bynum has averaged 8.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during his seven NBA seasons.

Meanwhile Anthony, 32, provides the Pistons with depth at the center position. Pistons center Aaron Gray is out for the preseason while he deals with a cardiac episode.

Anthony, a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, has averaged 2.3 points, three rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during his seven year career.

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Jets Acquire WR Percy Harvin in Trade with Seahawks

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite a 1-6 start to the season, the New York Jets are doing everything they can to improve their roster and not give up on a difficult year so far. New York traded for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin on Friday.

Seattle will receive a conditional 2015 draft pick, ESPN NFL insider John Clayton reports.

Harvin was traded to the Seahawks last year after being drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2009.

Harvin has only played in 43 career games in his career due to injuries, but Seattle gave him a six-year, $67 million contract, with $25.5 million guaranteed.

Harvin has 22 receptions for 133 yards this season and will be one of the main offensive weapons for second-year quarterback Geno Smith.

Harvin played in the Seahawks Super Bowl win over the Broncos at MetLife Stadium in February.

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Nick Saban: Show Our ‘Best’ Against Texas A&M

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — Seventh ranked Alabama (5-1) will host No. 21 Texas A&M (5-2) in a huge SEC matchup on Saturday.

Alabama’s offense has struggled the last three games and the team is coming off a 14-13 win over Arkansas last weekend.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban understands the expectations this team has and is preparing them for another tough game.

“We’re going to certainly have to be at our best to do a good job of trying to get them stopped, and also to control the ball on offense so they don’t have it all the time,” Saban said. “Those things are really critical in a game like this.”

Texas A&M won last year’s showdown in a 49-42 slugfest and Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin was asked about his favorite memories at Tuscaloosa.

“We’ve had two great football games, games that really went down to the last play,” Sumlin said on Tuesday. “We won one and lost one. Going back over there, it’s a great atmosphere, a great crowd, a loud place. They’ve got a tremendous amount of pride in their program and they should, with the number of national championships and the number of wins.”

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Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) — Brooklyn Nets fans are holding their breath as center Brook Lopez will miss the next 10-14 days to deal with a “soft tissue” injury in his surgically repaired right foot.

The team will give him some time off to recover, but his status for the start of the season is in question now.

“X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries,” Nets medical director Dr. Riley Williams II said in a statement. “Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days.”

Lopez’ health will go a long way in determining just how good the Nets can be this season.

When healthy, Lopez is one of the more offensively skilled centers in the NBA. In his six-year career, the 26-year-old Lopez is averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

He’s battled injuries in recent years though. He played in just 17 games last season and played in just five games three seasons ago. He’s missed 134 games over the last three seasons.

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Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — In a game that ended closer than some had previously predicted, the New England Patriots look to be back on track after narrowly defeating the New York Jets 27-25 on Thursday Night Football.

With time expiring, Jets kicker Nick Folk lined up for a 58-yard field goal but it was blocked by defensive tackle Chris Jones.

“It’s good to feel that ball hitting my hand and it’s good to get the win,” Jones said. “I just played it legally and did all that I could.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was solid on Thursday night as he completed 20 of 37 passes for 261 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Running back Shane Vereen was the leading rusher and receiver for the Patriots as he racked up 43 yards one the ground, had 71 receiving yards, and caught two touchdowns.

After a tough start to the season, the Patriots find themselves at 5-2 through seven weeks of the regular season and are in first place in the AFC East.

The Jets meanwhile fell to 1-6 on the season.

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Payton “Optimistic” Graham Will Play Sunday

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) — New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham practiced on a limited basis Thursday, prompting head coach Sean Payton to say he’s optimistic the superstar can play Sunday.

Graham hadn’t participated in team drills since injuring his shoulder Oct. 5 against the Tampa Buccaneers.

Even if he’s not ready for a full game, Graham could play on a limited basis Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

In five games this season, Graham has caught 34 balls, for 376 yards and three touchdowns.

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Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture, the team announced Thursday.

Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks; he’s expected to miss six to eight weeks.

“Successful surgery, thanks for all the prayers and concerns! Headed back to okc. Move em,” Durant tweeted Thursday.

The team became aware of Durant’s problem after practice Saturday when the reigning league MVP said his foot was “aching.” The Thunder then announced Sunday that Durant had endured the Jones fracture, which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe, and that surgery would probably be necessary.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The 26-year-old Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game last season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL: New York Islanders 4 (4-0-0; 8pts) – San Jose Sharks 3 (3-0-1; 7pts) SO

New York Rangers 2 (2-3-0; 4pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (0-2-2; 2pts) SO

Montreal Canadiens 6 (4-1-0; 8pts) – Boston Bruins 4 (2-4-0; 4pts)

Washington Capitals 6 (2-0-2; 6pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (3-1-0; 6pts)

Dallas Stars 3 (2-1-1; 5pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (2-1-0; 4pts)

Ottawa Senators 5 (3-1-0; 6pts) – Colorado Avalanche 3 (1-3-1; 3pts)

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