Hinrich out vs. 76ers with knee injury

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Hinrich out vs. 76ers with knee injury

PHILADELPHIABulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich will miss Wednesday nights game against the 76ers with a knee injury. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich was injured during Tuesday nights home loss to the Clippers.

Hes out, Thibodeau said prior to the game at the Wells Fargo Center. Hinrich banged up his knee.

I believe its his left, he continued, noting that the veteran suffered the injury at some point Tuesday evening. Hinrich is just day-to-day moving forward.

Nate Robinson will start in Hinrichs place, with rookie Marquis Teague backing him up, according to Thibodeau. Including the preseason, this is Hinrichs fifth injuryhe previously hurt his hip, thumb, groin and elbow, though he didnt miss any time due to the latter injury, his most recent prior to hurting his kneein his second stint with the Bulls.

Hes not a big minutes guy right now, said Thibodeau, when asked if hed limit Hinrichs minutes in the future. Its part of the league. Youre going to get banged up and when one guy goes down, the next guy has to step up and get the job done.

Weve been in this situation before. The Boston game a November home loss to the Celtics, Nate started, he added. Marquis came in and did a very good job, so we have a lot of confidence in his ability. Hell be ready to go.

Thibodeau said that Hinrich didnt have an MRI Wednesday, indicating that it might not be a long-term absence. In fact, Hinrichwho wasnt available to the media before the contest, as he was receiving treatment from the teams training staffattempted to warm up with hopes of playing.

He was giving it a shot tonight to see if he warmed up, if it was any better, Thibodeau, who added that theres nothing showing right now, explained. It wasnt, so Im just going to hold him out.

Bears reportedly won't franchise tag Alshon Jeffery, so what's next?

Bears reportedly won't franchise tag Alshon Jeffery, so what's next?

NFL.com's Insider Ian Rapoport dropped a news bomb in the middle of the night, Tweeting in the wee hours of Monday morning that the Bears will not sign receiver Alshon Jeffery to a franchise tag:

Jeffery played under the franchise tag in 2016, when he earned roughly $14.6 million. 

The Bears could still re-sign Jeffery to a longer deal in free agency, but the market on the 27-year-old receiver may climb out of their desired range.

The $17 million franchise tag was an awful lot of salary cap to spend on a guy who has missed 11 games over the last two seasons to injury and a PED suspension that stretched to four games in 2016.

When he was on the field last year, Jeffery turned in his worst stat line since his rookie season, catching only 52 balls for 821 yards and 2 TDs.

Still, his departure would leave a gaping hole in the Bears receiving corps as Cameron Meredith and Kevin White would emerge as the leaders of the group.

Meredith went undrafted out of Illinois State, but he has impressed in his two pro seasons, leading the Bears in receptions (66), targets (96), yards (888) and TDs (4) in 2016.

White was the Bears' first-round pick in 2015 (7th overall) but has played in just four games due to leg issues and has only 19 catches for 187 yards and 0 TDs under his belt.

David Kaplan believes if Jeffery does depart Chicago, it sends a bigger message about the state of the Bears:

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

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