Sick bay: Jennings expected for AZ, Melton doubtful


Sick bay: Jennings expected for AZ, Melton doubtful

The Bears defense expects to have at least one of its linchpins back for the Arizona Cardinals, with cornerback Tim Jennings apparently over the shoulder dislocation suffered in the loss to Seattle.

But defensive tackle Henry Melton, who at least was able to practice on a limited basis, is listed as doubtful with the chest injury suffered in Minnesota.

And Brian Urlacher is likely to be joined on the sidelines by another linebacker as Blake Costanzo was forced to miss a full day of practice with an injured calf.

Starting right tackle Jonathan Scott, who did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, was limited because of the hamstring strain from last Sundays game against Green Bay. Scott is listed as questionable.

Costanzo is a double hit because of his leading role on special teams as well as starting last week against the Green Bay Packers, and playing well.

Costanzo would be a loss on special teams, said coach Lovie Smith. "Not just that, he played a very good football game last week for his first start. So, yeah, if he wasnt able to go, we would have to do a little bit of shuffling in a couple different areas.

Jennings is a centerpiece of the pass defense, which this week needs to deal with Larry Fitzgerald, one of the games truly elite wide receivers.

The Cardinals have listed as out" wide receiver Early Doucet (concussion) and guard Mike Gibson (calf). Doucet has started three games and played in 12 for the Cardinals, with 28 catches, none for touchdowns.

Arizona also listed four starters as questionable: tackle Nate Potter (ankle), linebacker Quentin Groves (foot), fullback Anthony Sherman (knee) and nose tackle Dan Williams (hamstring).

Fire get three in MLS Team of the Week

Fire get three in MLS Team of the Week

Win games and you will have players make the Team of the Week.

The Chicago Fire have won three in a row, all coming within an eight-day span, and as a result have players all over the latest MLS Team of the Week. The Week 12 collection of players counts the Fire's wins against Colorado and D.C.

Nemanja Nikolic, who scored twice against Colorado, was included for the second week in a row. He currently leads MLS with 10 goals.

Nikolic was joined by teammate Brandon Vincent, who assisted Nikolic's first goal against Colorado and helped the Fire's defense earn a pair of shutouts. Veljko Paunovic was named as the coach of the team after the Fire's two wins.

David Accam, who scored a goal each against Colorado and D.C., was on the bench.

Cubs bring Zac Rosscup up from Triple-A as Dylan Floro goes back to Iowa

Cubs bring Zac Rosscup up from Triple-A as Dylan Floro goes back to Iowa

The Cubs swapped bullpen pitchers ahead of Monday night's series-opener with the visiting San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.

Zac Rosscup was called up from Triple-A Iowa, with Dylan Floro heading back to Des Moines.

To make room for Rosscup on the team's 40-man roster, pitcher Jake Buchanan was designated for assignment.

The Cubs' oft-utilized relief corps ranks fourth in the National League in innings pitched, with 158.1 frames tossed by bullpen pitchers. That workload has made reinforcements from the minor leagues commonplace.

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Floro pitched two innings in Sunday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers, yielding five runs in the ninth inning of what ended up a blowout 13-6 Cubs victory.

It was his second appearance of the season after his 4.1-inning outing in a May 9 loss at the Colorado Rockies.

Rosscup joins the Cubs for the first time since 2015. He made zero major or minor league appearances last season after posting a 4.39 ERA in 26.2 innings of work during the 2015 campaign.

This season with Iowa, Rosscup turned in a 3.45 ERA in 15.2 innings of work.