I doubt that many people missed it, particularly if you are a fantasy football owner. Cooper Kupp has offically been placed on the Injured Reserve list, wich puts him out for a minimum of 4 weeks, and will undergo surgery today on his high ankle sprain.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard has unfortunately undergone season-ending back surgery. There is hope that this will permanetly fix his ongoing issues. The 29-year-old has been dealing with nerve-related issues and had already had back surgery during the off-season.
I spent a considerable amount of time perusing through a handful of different outlets "power rankings" for this week. The majority have the Boston Celtics sitting on top of the list with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd spot. There was 1 that still had the Bucks sitting in the #1 spot and put Boston at 2. The Celtics are in the midst of a 7 game win streak and a very healthy lead as the #1 offense in the league.
Star of the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Jokic, will miss Wednesdays matchup against the New York Knicks due to entering the NBA's health and safety protocols. Te Nuggets will also be missing guard Bones Hyland, who will miss a 3rd straight game due to protocols.
Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin will unfortunatly be out for 4 to 6 weeks, siting an upper-body injury. The 27-year-old suffered the injury on Nov. 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights. He did initially remain in the lineup up until Tuesdays game against the New Jersey Devils.
The Boston Bruins have hired a law firm headed by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in order to review their player vetting process. A process that has come under fire after they signed prospect Mitchell Miller and then rescinding his contract offer in light of finding out more details peratining to the bullying situation surrounding him.
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has said that right-hander ace, Justin Verlander, wants a deal similar to Max Scherzer's 3 year, $130-million contract he signed with the New York Mets last offseason. Crane has said:
"I know him well, so we've been pretty candid. He's looking at the comp, which I think there's only one or two. ... JV's probably got a few years left, and he wants to make the most of it. I think he's going to test the market on that."
Outfielder Joc Pederson has accepted a $19.65 million, 1 year qualifying offer from the San Fransisco Giants for the 2023 season. Pederson saying:
“I think we definitely underperformed. We're going to get back to winning ballgames and back to the playoffs. I'm definitely looking forward to that.”