The Chicago Cubs slimmed out their pitching staff a little more after placing starter Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. Randy Wells will start in place of Dempster when the Cubs wrap up their series against the Reds Sunday. Dempster, suffering from a strained right quadricep,is the second pitcher in two days to be put on the DL after Kerry Wood, suffering fromfatigue in his right shoulder. The Cubs will call up outfielder Tony Campana to take his roster spot. Campana made his major league debut with the Cubs last season, batting .259 with 24 stolen bases and 24 runs scored in 95 games. Dempster is 0-1 with a 1.33 ERA in three starts this season.
Sherrick McManis blocked a field goal and Marcus Cooper picked the ball up with nothing but green grass ahead of him on his way to the end zone.
Then, for some reason, Cooper eased up a few yards from the end zone. What happened next was straight out of a Leon Lett highlight reel: Vance McDonald hit Cooper from behind, leading to Cooper fumbling the ball and it being batted out of the end zone for a penalty. The Steelers went to the locker room, then had to come back out for an untimed down from the one-yard line. After Charles Leno was whistled for a false start, the Bears kicked a field goal.
So Cooper cost the Bears four points. But...why? What was he doing?
EVERYONE LET'S LAUGH TOGETHER AT THE CHICAGO BEARS pic.twitter.com/b8ES5ZE7Pw— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) September 24, 2017
That entire sequence in Chicago... pic.twitter.com/JziSL04TLK— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 24, 2017
Just your typical end to a half. pic.twitter.com/9gvYY0fd7M— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) September 24, 2017
The #Bears can't have nice things.— Brian Billick (@CoachBillick) September 24, 2017
Tom Thayer on @WBBMNewsradio: "Totally inexcusable.'' And he's right. Cost Bears at TD. One of dumbest moves you'll see by Bears player.— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) September 24, 2017
About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:
Statement from Chicago Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey. pic.twitter.com/36u9aboXOO— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 24, 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.
A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem.
Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan: pic.twitter.com/aMO8cHDWYb— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017
Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too:
Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin: pic.twitter.com/tLRHzxOyRD— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie: pic.twitter.com/roVZZujbln— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017
Statement from Buffalo Bills Owners Terry and Kim Pegula. pic.twitter.com/i3D5xzBBSn— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 24, 2017
Statement from Arthur Blank: pic.twitter.com/20DH3DHc4e— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 23, 2017
Statement from Miami Dolphins Owner and Founder of Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) Stephen Ross. pic.twitter.com/6W3mXwJO6M— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 23, 2017
Texans owner Bob McNair: pic.twitter.com/iV5EHtLwRY— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017
Statement from Dee and Jimmy Haslam pic.twitter.com/QvCmKPkKwc— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 24, 2017