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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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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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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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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Saint Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher gave an update Wednesday on Stedman Bailey's condition, saying the wide receiver underwent surgery and is in intensive care.

"He had extensive surgery. Surgery probably took four-to-six hours, from what my understanding is,” Fisher said.

“I don’t have specifics right now, but what I can tell you is that he’s in stable condition," Fisher added. "He’ll be in ICU for a number of days. It’s really unlikely -- highly unlikely -- that he returns to play this year.”

Bailey was shot in the head while riding in a vehicle Tuesday night. The third-year player out of West Virginia University had been serving a four-week suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

“The one thing that gave us hope last night was that we were able to get in touch with Sted at the hospital and there was a conversation that took place,” Fisher said. “So, that gave us hope that he would pull through this and this was not life-threatening."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

Orlando 100, New York 91
Charlotte 101, Washington 87
Toronto 103, Cleveland 99
Detroit 104, Miami 81
Boston 84, Philadelphia 80
Minnesota 99, Atlanta 95
Oklahoma City 110, Brooklyn 99
Memphis 102, Houston 93
Sacramento 129, Milwaukee 118
San Antonio 88, Dallas 83
New Orleans 120, Phoenix 114
Utah 102, L.A. Clippers 91

Columbus 2, New Jersey 1
Carolina 4, Edmonton 1
Montreal 5, N.Y. Rangers 1
Nashville 3, Buffalo 2
N.Y. Islanders 3, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3 (OT)
Vancouver 3, Minnesota 2
Washington 5, Winnipeg 3
Boston 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay 2, Los Angeles 1 (2OT)
Arizona 4, Anaheim 2
Ottawa 5, Colorado 3
Chicago 5, San Jose 2


(2) Maryland 86, Rhode Island 63
(5) Kansas 70, (19) Vanderbilt 63
(6) Duke 80, Yale 61
(10) Gonzaga 80, Washington 64
(12) Virginia 80, Lehigh 54
UNLV 72, (13) Indiana 69
(18) UConn 74, Michigan 60
(21) Oregon 91, Arkansas St. 68
(25) Texas A&M 84, Texas 73

(8) Texas 79, Hampton 52
(12) Kentucky 89, E. Michigan 67
(18) South Florida 87, Butler 77

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Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Former NFL Hall of Famer and sportscaster Frank Gifford had signs of the progressive degenerative disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopahty (CTE), according to a statement from his family Wednesday.

Gifford, 84, died on Aug. 9 at his Connecticut home. His family emphasized in the statement that CTE did not lead to his death, but that he had "cognitive and behavioral symptoms" before he died.

The family said that it “made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury.”

Multiple NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE after their deaths in recent years and the league continues to face criticism that it has not done enough to protect players. Gifford, who was married to "Today" show host Kathie Lee Gifford, played for the New York Giants during his entire 12-year career, from 1952 to 1964.

“We decided to disclose our loved one’s condition to honor Frank’s legacy of promoting player safety dating back to his involvement in the formation of the NFL Players Association in the 1950s,” the family said in the statement. “His entire adult life Frank was a champion for others, but especially for those without the means or platform to have their voices heard.”

The degenerative disease involves a buildup of the abnormal protein called tao, which is also found in Alzheimer's patients and is associated with a breakdown of brain tissue. It's believed to be caused by repetitive trauma to the brain, according to the CTE Center at Boston University, and symptoms include memory loss, confusion, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety and progressive dementia. The disease can only be diagnosed after death when tissue samples can be examined for the tao protein.

Gifford's family said they would continue to support the NFL and new rules aimed at making the game safer.

"We miss him every day, now more than ever, but find comfort in knowing that by disclosing his condition we might contribute positively to the ongoing conversation that needs to be had," the family said.

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Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Syracuse University's men's basketball program has earned a small victory in its appeal of sanctions leveled by the NCAA over a number of infractions.

In March, the NCAA determined that Syracuse failed to control and monitor its athletics programs, particularly its men's basketball program. The infractions included academic impropriety, failure to follow drug-testing policy and impermissible booster activity. At the time, the NCAA levied sanctions including the loss of 12 scholarships over a four-year span, vacating over 100 wins from the program and head coach Jim Boeheim's records, a financial penalty, and a nine-game suspension for the coach.

After appeal, the NCAA says, the program will gain back four of those scholarships -- one per year.

The NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee upheld the decision on the more than 100 wins and the financial penalty, but said that the scholarship reductions were "a departure from precedent," and chose to alter them.

The school is also on five years of probation due to the infractions.

In a statement, Syracuse University's Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Kevin Quinn said that the NCAA also corrected an error that had levied too significant a financial penalty against the school -- errantly taking an extra $1.23 million. That sum was returned to the school.

"The University is pleased with these two positive outcomes resulting from our appeal," Quinn said. "We strongly believed the original scholarship reduction penalty was too severe when compared to other infraction cases."

"We remain disappointed in the decision to vacate a significant amount of men's basketball wins," Quinn added.

While the school did not win all aspects of its appeal, Quinn said they "simply sought to be judged according to the same standards as other institutions." Regardless, the school maintains that its top priority is to "give our student-athletes the best possible education and teach them how to achieve their brightest potential in the classroom and on the playing fields."

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Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Saint Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot in the head twice on Tuesday night, ESPN reports.

The Rams issued a statement overnight, saying that they were aware that the wide reciever was "involved in an incident." Bailey, the Rams said, was in a hospital in "critical, but stable, condition."

Bailey was in a vehicle at the time of the shooting. The driver of the vehicle was also shot, and is believed to have sustained more serious injuries than Bailey.

The third-year player out of West Virginia University had been serving a four-week suspension for violating the National Football League's substance abuse policy.

Miami Gardens police said on Wednesday that Bailey was in the vehicle along with the driver Antwan Reeves, and three additional passengers -- including two minors. The gunfire came from a second vehicle.

Police are seeking a light colored, four-door sedan in their investigation. They believe the vehicle might be a Buick Regal.

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