Report: Patrick Kaleta Got Personal With Briere and Hartnell, Fired Them Up

Report: Patrick Kaleta Got Personal With Briere and Hartnell, Fired Them Up

Late Sunday night, NBC's John Clark mentioned a Buffalo News report that Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta had plenty to say on the ice in Sunday's game, which isn't much of a surprise considering Kaleta's hard-earned repuation as a jackass. Buffalo News' Jerry Sullivan mentioned the exchanges in a column he wrote after the game about how the former Sabre Briere's leadership contributed to the Flyers huge win to even the series. Sullivan relays some intel from a Flyers source that Kaleta's trash talk focused on Briere's and Scott Hartnell's off-season divorces.

From the Buffalo News column:

Briere had been emotionally charged up, and more than a little angry, since early in the game. "Honestly, one of their young guys said something to me that was personal and crossed the line," the former Sabre said. "It got me fired up a little bit more than it usually does. That was probably a big part of it."

A Flyers source said Patrick Kaleta made comments to Briere and teammate Scott Hartnell about their divorces early in the Flyers' 5-4 overtime victory, which evened the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at three games apiece.

Now, I assume the players are regularly saying all that and then some out there, but apparently whatever Kaleta said fired Danny up quite a bit, and he made it part of a locker room speech in the second intermission.

Considering Briere scored a pair of goals (his fourth and fifth of the series) and Hartnell added a game-tying goal and an assist, Kaleta may want to work on some new material.

>>Flyers' Briere gives lessons in leadership

NFL Notes: Browns plan to 'move on' from WR Josh Gordon

NFL Notes: Browns plan to 'move on' from WR Josh Gordon

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Hue Jackson says the team has "moved on" from suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon.

A day after Gordon said he's entering rehab, Jackson made it clear the Browns have ended their relationship with the 25-year-old, whose off-field troubles have prevented him from building on a breakout season in 2013.

Jackson reiterated that the team supports Gordon, who was on the brink of returning from a four-game NFL suspension for his latest drug violation. Jackson said his focus needs to on "taking care of the players that are here." After fielding a few questions, Jackson, in his first year as Cleveland's coach, said he's done talking about Gordon and said the team "needs to close that chapter right now."

Gordon was eligible to return next week and could have played in the Oc. 9 game against New England (see full story).

Jets: WR Eric Decker out "week to week" with partially torn rotator cuff
FLORHAM PARK, N.J.  -- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker has a partially torn rotator cuff that will sideline him for the team's game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Coach Todd Bowles announced Friday that Decker will be "week to week" with the shoulder injury.

Decker did not participate in practice all week.

Decker injured the shoulder against Buffalo on Sept. 15, but it worsened last Sunday during the Jets' loss at Kansas City. The wide receiver said after the game that the shoulder was sore, but an MRI revealed that it was worse than that (see full story).

Bills: Team has "major concerns" Sammy Watkins may be out long-term
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins will miss his second straight game due to a foot injury, and Bills coach Rex Ryan admitted he has "major concern" that Watkins could be out long-term.

Watkins underwent foot surgery in the offseason and has been hampered by foot soreness in recent weeks. He had a setback last week when a teammate stepped on his injured foot at a walk-through practice.

Ryan said there is no updated timetable regarding Watkins' return, but admitted his concern is growing.

"Well, there's some ... I don't know if fear's the right word, but major concern," Ryan said.

The fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Watkins has struggled with injuries throughout his time with the Bills. In his first two seasons, Watkins dealt with hip, calf, rib and groin injuries.

When he's been able to play, Watkins has been one of the top young receivers in the league. In 31 games, he has 131 receptions for 2,092 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has six receptions for 63 yards in two games this season.

The Bills have struggled to get their passing game going with Watkins at less than 100 percent. Through three games, Buffalo ranks last in the league in passing with an average of 163.7 yards per game.

Receiver Greg Salas (groin), tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle) and center Patrick Lewis (knee) are also out for Sunday's game against New England. Left tackle Cordy Glenn (high ankle sprain) is expected to return after missing the previous two games. Tight end Charles Clay (knee), safety Aaron Williams (ankle) and cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) are listed as questionable but expected to play.

Buffalo (1-2) heads to New England (3-0) this Sunday.

Sixers Injury Update: Simmons rolls ankle, taken for precautionary imaging

Sixers Injury Update: Simmons rolls ankle, taken for precautionary imaging

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle during scrimmage on the final day of training camp. He was taken for precautionary imaging. The results have not yet been completed.

Jerryd Bayless did not scrimmage because of a sore left wrist, which the team continues to monitor. He sat out of Thursday's scrimmage for the same reason.

Jahlil Okafor participated in Friday's scrimmage in accordance to his load management. The Sixers are being cautious with players as they return from injury. Okafor underwent right knee surgery last season.