Blackhawks center questions retirement


Blackhawks center questions retirement

Brendon Morrison's run in Chicago could mark the end of his NHL career.

The 37-year-old center was traded from the Flames to the Blackhawks over the All-Star break, but his excitement to play in Chicago sure didn't last long. Morrison was a scratch in 21 of 32 games and never played beyond the team's fourth line. He appeared in three of the Blackhawks' six playoff games, scoring one goal.

Now he faces an uncertain future and told the Calgary Herald about the difficulties of this season.

"I don't know what's going to happen. This season was a long season as far as trying to get back to full health after knee surgery last year, but I feel good now. I'm going to prepare like I'm going to play and then we will have to make a decision later in the summer."

After considering retirement two years ago, Morrison headed to the Canucks' training camp and was later traded to Calgary before his stint in Chicago--a stint he calls "a little bit disappointing."

During his time with the Canucks and Flames over the past season and a half, Morrison recorded 54 points in 94 games.

He says he'll consider playing for an NHL team next season, but may call it quits this summer instead.

Bears promote tight end Ben Braunecker to 53-man roster, waive C.J. Wilson

Bears promote tight end Ben Braunecker to 53-man roster, waive C.J. Wilson

The Bears announced on Saturday they have elevated tight end Ben Braunecker from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and waived defensive lineman C.J. Wilson.

Braunecker, 22, signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard following the 2016 NFL Draft. In 25 collegiate games, Braunecker compiled 68 receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 touchdowns. Braunecker was named first team All-America (AP, Walter Camp and STATS) and selected as the CFPA tight end award recipient following his senior season.

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Wilson, who signed with the Bears earlier in the week, has appeared in 78 games with the Green Bay Packers (2010-13), Oakland Raiders (2014-15) and Detroit Lions (2015). Wilson has notched 111 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 15 TFL's throughout his six-year NFL career.

The Bears' 53-man roster is now full.

Watch: Illini present Huskers with signed jersey in honor of Sam Foltz


Watch: Illini present Huskers with signed jersey in honor of Sam Foltz

Big Ten teams have been honoring Sam Foltz all season long, and Illinois came up with a new way to honor him Saturday.

The Nebraska punter was tragically killed in a car accident in July, and teams playing the Huskers this season have done everything including lay flowers on the 27-yard line (Foltz wore No. 27) and wear helmet stickers honoring Foltz.

Saturday, Illinois visited Lincoln, and the Illini's specialists presented the Huskers' specialists with a Foltz Illinois jersey autographed by the team.

And Nebraska caught the emotional exchange on video. It's a must watch.

It's certainly been an emotional season for Nebraska, but it's great to see the whole Big Ten coming together to honor Foltz's memory.