Phew. Neither the Bears nor running back Matt Forte seems concerned his hyperextended right knee will keep him out Sunday against the Vikings. "I don't think there's an issue there," coach Marc Trestman said after Forte was limited in practice Thursday at Halas Hall. "He looked unencumbered running around out there and got some reps." Forte said he felt good and wasn't worried about the offense feeling an obligation to score more to help the struggling defense. "Not any more than usual," he said. "We're a full team. The defense is on the other side of the ball, but we're both one team. We both have to come together. One side doesn't have to necessarily carry the other." Forte was joined on the limited list by wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who appeared on the injury report. (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment
Second-year Cleveland shooting guard Dion Waiters just may be playing his way out of town, but likely not to Broadway. With another report the Cavaliers approached the Knicks about Iman Shumpert, coach Mike Woodson continues to stamp out the perception he doesn't like the Knicks combo guard because he's on the trading block. An ESPN.com report stated the Cavaliers asked about Shumpert as they shop young guard Dion Waiters. The Knicks aren't interested in Waiters as they are looking for frontcourt help, not another shooting guard. ... Woodson is trying to push the right buttons for Shumpert now -- and at least increase his trade value. Woodson met with Shumpert during practice at UCLA on Tuesday following Monday's zero-point, zero-assist, zero-rebound, two-turnover effort. (New York Post) Comment
Justin Morneau is no longer the guy who won the American League MVP in 2006, nor is he the guy who finished second or won the Home Run Derby in 2008. But can Morneau be a guy who helps the Rockies? It's possible for a number of reasons. First, he's a realistic target. Unlike their failed bids for Jose Abreu (six-year, $63-million), Carlos Ruiz (two-year, $15 million with club option) and Brian McCann (unknown, but likely in the $60 million range), the Rockies are not competing with big market clubs for Morneau. ... The Rockies want Morneau. He's their primary target. I would expect the full-court press starting as soon as Friday. Ideally, the Rockies would get an answer before the winter meetings that begin Dec. 9, leaving them in position in Orlando to address their bullpen issues. (The Denver Post) Comment
Dez Bryant spikes the ball after his four-yard touchdown catch completed a two-touchdown comeback for the Dallas Cowboys in their 31-24 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Oakland Raiders. (AP Photo/James D. Smith)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders mocks Ray Lewis' celebration dance after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night. Unfortunately for Sanders, he couldn't haul in a 2-point conversion with 1:03 left in a 22-20 loss.