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Vikings activate QB Teddy Bridgewater, place Sam Bradford on the IR

Vikings activate QB Teddy Bridgewater, place Sam Bradford on the IR

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford earned “NFC Player of the Week” honors in Week 1 of the NFL season. As it turns out, that will be the only game he plays this year.

The Vikings announced Wednesday that they had placed the now veteran quarterback on the injured reserve.

The good news for Minnesota fans is the club has activated former starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater is coming off a gruesome non-contact knee injury that almost cost him his leg.

The Vikings currently sit at 6-2 on the season and have performed well under current starting quarterback Case Keenum.

Dominick Cruz forced out of UFC 219 fight with Jimmie Rivera with a broken arm

Dominick Cruz forced out of UFC 219 fight with Jimmie Rivera with a broken arm

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC bantamweight kingpin Dominick Cruz has been forced out of his planned UFC 219 fight with Jimmie Rivera due to a broken arm.

MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani recently broke the news on Twitter.

“Dominick Cruz is out of the UFC 219 fight vs. Jimmie Rivera, sources say. Broken arm. TBD at this time what they’ll do with Rivera.” – Ariel Helwani

Cruz was last seen in action in December of last year when he lost his bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt.

No word yet on how long “The Dominator” will be out of action after suffering a broken arm.

As for Jimmie Rivera, the surging bantamweight contender has won a remarkable twenty straight fights in a row, his latest being a unanuimous decision victory over Thomas Almeida.

The good news is with UFC 219 falling on December 30, the UFC will have plenty of time to source a replacement for Rivera.

Perennial bantawmeight contender Aljamain Sterling has already offered up his services to the promotion.

“Well I’ll be damned JIMMY!!! Looks like you need ya self a Huckleberry.” – Aljamain Sterling

Would you like to see Aljamain Sterling step in to fight Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 in Las Vegas?

UFC 217 Results: TJ Dillashaw KO’s Cody Garbrandt (VIDEO)

UFC 217 Results: TJ Dillashaw KO’s Cody Garbrandt (VIDEO)

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

A bantamweight title fight between current champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw served as the co-main event of UFC 217 in New York.

Round one begins and Cody comes out quickly. Dillashaw switches stances. Cody throws a low kick. Dillashaw catches Cody with a nice knee to the body. Garbrandt circles out. TJ with a low kick, Cody responds with a left hand over the top. TJ fakes a spinning back fist. Cody comes forward with a head kick that is blocked. TJ presses forward. He misses with a head kick. Cody circles out and then lands a nice kick to the body. TJ is using a lot of movement. Cody presses forward with a combination that lands. TJ fires back with a wild right. Garbrandt tells him to bring it on. Both men are throwing wildly now. Cody with a beautiful left hook. TJ leaps in with a front kick and then follows that strike up with a low kick. Both men are having trouble finding their range. TJ with a right hand. Cody replies with a jab. Another nice right hand from Dillashaw. Cody circles. TJ comes forward but Cody catches him with a right hand. TJ hits the deck. Cody charges in with punches but the horn sounds to end round one.

Round two begins and TJ just misses with a high kick attempt. Dillashaw is looking for some big strikes now. He throws a body kick and then a low kick. Cody is smiling at TJ. Dillashaw catches him with a high kick and Garbrandt drops. TJ rushes in but Cody pops back up to his feet. Garbrandt with a nice combination. He seems to be ok. Cody with a low kick. TJ paws with a jab. Dillashaw with a massive right and Cody goes down. He leaps on him with punches. It is all over! WOW!

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Texans QB Deshaun Watson out for the season with torn ACL

Texans QB Deshaun Watson out for the season with torn ACL

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The Astros may have won the World Series, but not all news is good in Houston, Texas.

The Houston Texans recently announced that they will be without the services of starting quarterback Deshaun Watson for the remainder of the 2017-2018 NFL season.

Watson suffered a torn ACL during practice on Thursday in a non-contact play.

“They say you never miss it until it’s gone and even though it’s not gone for long, I already miss it,” Watson said in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. “Yesterday, I felt like I let my teammates, my fans and my family down. However, as a child of God, I understand that everything happens for a reason. He DON’T make mistakes!

“Today, the journey back seems far but I’ve been here before and will conquer it once again. I want to thank each and every one of my teammates for their unwavering support. My NFL brothers, thanks for all the prayers. To my fans, I cannot begin to express my gratitude for your relentless encouragement. To the countless others who have reach out, I am humbled and can only say thank you from the depths of my heart. I play this game for you all, and I am grateful for the love you have shown me, not only over the past 24 hours, but throughout this entire season.

“I promise that I will continue to work diligently so that this team can one day bring a championship to Houston, and when I return, I will be better, stronger and more focused than ever before! Now the grind begins…. #815 #Memo GODSPEED. A small thing to a GIANT.”

The Houston Texans (3-4) will be hard pressed to make the NFL playoffs without Watson.

The squad will no rely on Tom Savage to get the job done at pivot.

T.J. Yates will be promoted to backup quarterback.

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