Counting Kobe Bryant out is bad practice, and, yes, there are clearly positive signs. [Bryant] continues to move forward in his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles' tendon, though the Lakers are unwilling to put an updated timetable on his exact return. "He's progressing well and has met all the targets and milestones of his rehab, and we expect him to make a full recovery," Lakers spokesman John Black told The Times on Monday. ... [Bryant] is expected to miss the Lakers' entire eight-game preseason schedule that ends Oct. 25. The Lakers begin the regular season Oct. 29 against the Clippers. It is unknown if Bryant will be back in time. "We're going to avoid giving a target return date until he's doing full weight-bearing running and on-court basketball activities, at the earliest," Black said. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
This issues, apparently, go deeper than Darrelle Revis. While it's clear that players question the commitment and leadership of [Josh Freeman], players also question the tactics and methods of coach Greg Schiano. As one league source recently told PFT, multiple veteran players simply don't like Schiano's ways. Recently, FOX Sports reported (via the New York Post) that [Revis] isn't happy with Schiano's "strict" nature. It's hardly a new development. We reported last December that one veteran player wanted to know when these coaches would be sent back to college. On Monday, Pewter Report chronicled the issues that have plagued a team that has now gone 1-7 over its last eight games. Meanwhile, the Cold War between Schiano and Freeman continues. (Pro Football Talk) Comment
In the event Cody Asche becomes Philadelphia's Opening Day third baseman in 2014 and everybody else returns, its lineup will feature five lefties in Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Asche. The Phillies need at least one right-handed bat with pop. There is some buzz about free-agent Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu, but one source said he does not seem to be a fit. Abreu is not a candidate to play the outfield, which is a likely requirement for a few reasons. ... If Abreu cannot play the outfield, it would make little sense to spend money on him with so many other holes to fill, and Howard, [Darin Ruf and Maikel Franco] already in the picture. Ruf could fill a void in the lineup next season, either in the outfield or at first base against tough left-handed pitchers. (MLB.com) Comment
Giovani Bernard danced into the end zone for a touchdown during the Bengals' win over the Steelers on Monday night. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports)
Peter King looks at the Seahawks' fans and the team's chances at reaching the Super Bowl.