Toni L. Sandys/ The Washington Post via Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va.) — Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, according to ESPN.

Culliver injured his right knee in practice Thursday while he was jumping to defend a pass. An MRI confirmed the injury.

Culliver missed three games earlier this season due to swelling in his left knee. and another because of a suspension. He was also awaiting a second opinion on a shoulder injury that he had this past week at Carolina.

Culliver is the sixth starter to be lost for the season for Washington.

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Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(RENTON, Wash.) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had surgery Wednesday related to a sports hernia injury, ESPN reports.

“The doctor was very optimistic about a quick recovery,” coach Pete Carroll said. “And that could mean within three or four weeks or something like that, there’s a chance. So we’ll see how that all works out.”

Carroll also said that it is possible that Lynch could miss the remainder of the season.

“I think you’d have to say that there’s a chance, yeah,” he said. “But we don’t expect that to happen.”

Lynch had the surgery in Philadelphia and will remain on the East Coast to begin recovery, Carroll added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Parents in New York City witnessed their worst nightmare come true when a thief was caught creeping around their home on Wednesday morning, a police report released yesterday said.

Prior to getting in the Flushing, Queens home, the burglar was caught on a surveillance video outside around 2.20 a.m., the New York City Police department said.

The footage released by police, documents the suspect crawling around with a knife in his mouth and skulking around the house for approximately 30 minutes, ABC news owned station, WABC in New York reported.

In addition to that, the video shows the suspect going into the owner’s bedroom and taking a Samsung S6 cellphone that was sitting on top of a dresser.

WABC said, the burglar fled on foot when the 42-year-old resident woke up and shouted at him.

Police describe the suspect as 6’2” and 200 pounds. At the time of entry, “he was wearing all black and a black snow cap with ‘diamond’ in red and white letting on it,” the report stated.

“[The neighborhood] changed,” the owner told WABC. “We have to check all the doors and windows.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The North Lawn of the White House was on lockdown Thursday after a man jumped the fence and was taken into custody, authorities said.

The incident comes just months after the Secret Service took numerous steps to improve security at the White House, including adding a short bike rack fence, and adding spikes atop a fence lining the perimeter of the complex.

The Secret Service press office was unable to immediately comment.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Redskins are facing backlash after a Thanksgiving wish sent via Twitter left many followers offended.

The team tweeted a photo wishing fans a happy holiday with a picture of their logo.

Wishing you and your family a Happy #Thanksgiving.

— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 26, 2015

Critics flooded the NFL team’s page with responses highlighting the irony of their tweet because of their Native American-themes team name.

Maybe y’all should sit this one out RT @Redskins: Wishing you and your family a Happy #Thanksgiving.

— L S V (@The__Tactician) November 26, 2015

@Redskins remember how you continue to disrespect half of the people that were at Thanksgiving? Neat.

— DwayneShintziusFan (@Cyrus_is_risen) November 26, 2015

I absolutely love the lack of self awareness in this tweet. God bless the Internet

— KFC (@KFCBarstool) November 26, 2015

The Redskins have not commented on the backlash from the tweet.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OPHIR, Colo.) — Two brothers feared the worst for each other’s fate when they triggered separate avalanches while skiing in the backcountry of Ophir, Colorado.

On Wednesday, Brian Holmes, 26, triggered the first avalanche when he started his descent near Waterfall Canyon in Ophir, police said. His 27-year-old brother, Alex Holmes, told police that he triggered a second avalanche when he tried to ski down to search for Brian and left the area to go for help.

Police and rescue volunteers began their search for the brothers around 1 p.m., authorities said. Around the same time, dispatchers received a call from Brian’s cellphone and heard someone breathing, but nothing else.

Brian later told police that he slid about 1,000 feet down the mountain and landed on his back. He said most of his body was covered in snow, other than his face and one arm. He was able to get himself out of the snow in 10 to 15 minutes, police said.

“He then began searching for his brother, whom he thought was dead,” police said.

After searching for about an hour, Brian made his way down to the town of Ophir around 2 p.m. He was taken to Telluride Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Rector said in a report that given the wind and worsening conditions, it’s not surprising that an avalanche was triggered.

“The [San Juan mountain range] in general can represent some of the most tenuous snow conditions on the continent, he said. “Given the circumstances and nature of the slide, this skier is extremely fortunate.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — New dash cam footage released from the night of teen Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting by police shows the teen running from a cop car.

This blurry footage, taken from the dash camera in officer Jason Van Dyke’s patrol car, shows the 17-year-old running from the vehicle.

The video from the night of Oct. 20, 2014, released by police, ends less than 30 seconds before Van Dyke began shooting McDonald.

Van Dyke, who has since been charged with first degree murder is accused of shooting McDonald 16 times in a 14 to 15 second span, authorities said.

Footage from another police car’s dash cam, which arrived at the scene less than one minute after McDonald, shows the teen lying on the ground. He later died at a hospital.

The footage from Van Dyke’s camera comes two days after Chicago police released the initial footage of McDonald being fatally shot. The police released that footage, against the wishes of McDonald’s family, after a court order.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s the largest police force in the country with about 60,000 employees, and now U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the first to conduct a massive experiment to test the use of body cameras along the United States borders.

Agents have been testing different models of body cameras as part of an initiative to reduce use of force — and it’s these cameras that are the most controversial part of a new 18-month retraining program ordered by reform Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske.

“People get concerned,” Kerlikowske said. “Is it going to be used to catch me doing something wrong?”

The training program and body cameras were the former Seattle police chief’s response to a series of “use of force” complaints that came before he took office, from the beating and tazing of Antonio Hernandez Rojas — which in this case the U.S. Justice Department ruled the agents broke no laws and did not prosecute — to the shooting of 16-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who was standing on the Mexican side at the time accused of rock throwing but who witnesses say was an innocent bystander.

The Southern Border Communities Coalition accuses the agency of 40 deaths due to excessive force by the Border Patrol since 2010.

In response, the Border Patrol cited a 26 percent reduction in use of force incidents in fiscal year 2016.

“There are times in law enforcement when some level of force must be used to safeguard the public or protect an officer or agent,” the agency said. “Any use of force must be justified and consistent with CBP policy. There is no apprehension — no seizure, no arrest, and no pursuit — is worth the risk of injury or death to either CBP personnel or those with whom we come in contact.”

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Kerlikowske said the incidents and resulting publicity have harmed his agency’s credibility — something he plans to fix.

“We knew we had this amount of scrutiny, the amount of attention, and, frankly, the lack of being able to work with the public as a result of that increased suspicion that the agents are involved in excessive force when, in fact, it’s a dangerous environment and they show great restraint,” he said.

He believes that installing more cameras at the border crossings, in vehicles, and on the bodies of his officers will vindicate the majority of his agents, while holding the overly aggressive accountable.

Today, the United States spends $18 billion a year on border control — more spent on agents, technology and weapons than ever before.

There are more than 8,000 cameras watching the border wall, watching the ports of entry and watching above from helium balloons. Soon, there will be body cameras on agents themselves at an estimated cost of tens of millions of dollars.

The body cam program is about to begin a second pilot program designed to address objections from the agents’ union that the cameras are hurting morale and making it harder for them to do their jobs — and the challenges the cameras face in the harsh environment Border Patrol agents work.

Despite those challenges, Kerlikowske believes they will be a benefit for all involved.

“In the long run, more cameras will prove that over and over again, these agents treat people the way I’ve seen them treat people: in a very humane way,” he said.

Additionally, Kerlikowske has placed what he calls a relentless focus on tactics, on new policy, on new equipment and on training since taking office, with body cameras constituting just one part of that effort.

Another part of that effort: a training center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where new state of the art simulators with 300-degree screens allow agents to train in troublesome real life scenarios they could potentially face while on the job, including everything from an active shooter situation in a movie theater to encounters with smugglers at the border to rock throwing incidents.

“The more that we can expose them to these kinds of things the better for us, and, frankly, the better for the public,” Kerlikowske said.

For the first time, Border Patrol agents under Kerlikowske are being trained to use less violent means of controlling the frontier. He believes that a gun isn’t always the best choice.

“The strategy is that we want to give the agents as many tools as possible,” Kerlikowske said.

Under his leadership, Borer Patrol agents are now armed with a wide variety of non-lethal bullets, pepper powders, and chemical sprays.

“Now we have a range of tools, some that can give us quite a bit of distance between ourselves and the suspect,” Kerlikowske said.

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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(SEATTLE) — The Washington Huskies have signed coach Chris Petersen to a two-year extension that extends through the 2020 season, ESPN reports.

Petersen signed a five-year deal with the team prior to the 2014 season, succeeding Steve Sarkisian.

Prior to the Huskies, Peterson was with Boise State for eight seasons.

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Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Mark Sanchez will start as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving day in Detroit agaisnt the Lions.

Starter Sam Bradford passed the protocol for his concussion, but is still suffering from a sprained joint in his left shoulder, according to ESPN.

Sanchez started in Sunday’s loss against Tampa Bay.

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