The practice field is one thing, but Aaron Rodgers doesn't seem to be heading back for an NFL start. [Rodgers'] chances of playing again this season are diminishing by the week. The Green Bay Packers' quarterback said on his radio show on ESPNMilwaukee on Tuesday that he wasn't close to being cleared to play last week from a broken collarbone he sustained Nov. 4. Rodgers gave no indication he's given up on playing this season, but it's looking like his odds for playing in Sunday's game at Dallas are low. Rodgers in fact suggested that from the start he knew his injury probably would take an extended period to heal. A team doctor for another NFL team similarly told Press-Gazette Media in late November that he likes to give mild cracks in the collarbone, which reportedly is Rodgers' injury, at least eight weeks to heal before clearing a player. (Press-Gazette) Comment
To a pair of Phillies execs, a day worth of trade speculation provided entertainment. They planned a skit. "We can't trade Cole," Ruben Amaro Jr. said to Scott Proefrock, his top lieutenant. They both smirked. "No," Proefrock said, "we're trading Lee!" The Phillies do not possess many tradeable assets in their quest to remedy a 73-win team; Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee are two of the game's best lefthanded pitchers and would interest many teams. Hamels and Lee surfaced in Tuesday morning rumors from various national outlets, who spoke to rival executives. Amaro derided that hearsay as "silly." He insisted he wants to add starting pitching, not subtract from it. ... "We're built to win," Amaro said. "I like our lineup. I'd like to add some pitching to it." (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment
Life in Cleveland proved to be not a whole lot better than at home for the Knicks, who lost again Tuesday. Carmelo Anthony called the spate of losing "unacceptable" and soon owner James Dolan may decide that too. The hot seat Mike Woodson resides on is starting to boil after another depressing defeat Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena dropped the Knicks to an appalling 5-15. The Knicks used to regularly get routed here when LeBron James commanded the stage. At least then, there was hope James would one day become a Knick. Now everything seems hopeless with no future and it just may cost Woodson his job. Point guard Kyrie Irving and the younger Cavaliers pounded the Knicks and the beleaguered Woodson, 109-94, after the club got buried into another horrifying early hole -- 27-9. (New York Post) Comment
Patric Young of Florida and Tarik Black of Kansas battled at the rim during the Gators' win over the Jayhawks. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
SI's Andy Staples and Pete Thamel discuss Mack Brown's status at Texas.