Von Miller’s ankle injury hits kicker Brandon McManus hard

first_imgMiller feels the same way about McManus.“I just picture us with gray hair, out of shape, sitting on the porch somewhere, watching our grandkids play,” Miller has said about his odd-couple friendship with McManus. “That’s just B-Mac and I. I can’t even really remember like the official start of it or anything, but now we have that bond, his family, my family.”McManus said their friendship began in the 2015 offseason.“I’d say it blossomed quickly,” McManus said. “It was like a fast-growing plant. It just needed to be watered a little bit.”“It’s just been awesome to get to know him and his parents over the years and my dad and his dad have become great friends over the years,” McManus added. “So, it’s become a great friendship that I know will continue until we get older together. He’s been a true great friend. He’s the godfather to my second twin. He was the No. 2 draft pick in 2011, so I gave him the second pick, the second baby.” September 12, 2020 One of the few outward things Miller and McManus have in common is their competitive fire.“We both want to be the most successful athlete ever at our positions,” McManus said. “I love being a successful athlete in anything I do and Von’s super competitive as well. He says in interviews all the time he’s mad that I’m good at everything. But that’s just my competitive nature.” “I never want to be looked at as a kicker and I never act like a kicker because that’s not my personality,” added McManus, who signed a four-year, $17.2 million extension Friday night. “It’s just something that I found that I could be really good at and be successful at and play professionally.”NOTES: Coach Vic Fangio said OLB Bradley Chubb (knee) will play Monday night. He’s optimistic WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder) will, too, but “he’s got to pass the most primitive test there is — he’s got to be able to do 10 jumping jacks.” WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring) is questionable and ILB Mark Barron (hamstring) is out.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller’s devastating ankle injury six days before Denver’s season opener against Tennessee was especially gut-wrenching for Brandon McManus.They’ve been Broncos BFFs since 2015, this mild-mannered kicker from Pennsylvania and the gregarious superstar linebacker from Dallas.That was the year they helped lead the Broncos on a Super Bowl run, with McManus hitting all 10 of his field goals in the playoffs and Miller destroying game plans and sweeping past tackles trying to keep him off of the quarterback. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Miller is looking at months of rehab instead of the monster season that he and so many others were expecting.“It’s super tough,” McManus told The Associated Press. “Everybody knows how hard Von’s been training all offseason, but I knew better than anyone. I was FaceTiming with him when he was out in San Francisco, then in Dallas training and then here in Denver, as well. So, I knew even more the depth that he’s gone into to prime himself for a great year.”McManus said he and Miller talked about how if he had gotten hurt in the opener, at least he would have experienced playing with his newfound physique and psyche.“Even if he got to play three quarters of the first game, just for him to feel like what his body was like for all this work it would have been great,” McManus said. McManus said Miller is already talking about putting that same effort and energy into his rehab for a comeback like Bryant and Jordan did on the basketball court in their day.center_img Associated Press Von Miller’s ankle injury hits kicker Brandon McManus hard Just like he did that year, Miller had a terrific training camp this summer.Inspired by Kobe Bryant’s legacy, Michael Jordan’s documentary and his own bout with the COVID-19, Miller reshaped his body at age 31 and dedicated himself to reclaiming his status as the league’s premier pass rusher.A buff Miller looked as if he had been training for a heavyweight fight and appeared primed for a big year after a camp in which he was routinely removed from drills after a single snap for fear he’d wreck the workouts.Then, Miller took a misstep on the final play at an indoor practice Tuesday and everything changed.He underwent surgery Friday to fix a dislodged tendon in his left foot. “After he got over feeling sorry for himself, he had that opportunity to watch these players who had great comebacks from injuries and that’s what he’s primed to do, and I know that he’ll do that,” McManus said.At best, Miller returns after three months. At worst, he never plays in Denver again. He’s due $18 million next season, the final year of the six-year, $114.1 million deal that he signed after winning Super Bowl 50 MVP honors. Should they part ways in 2021, the Broncos would only take a $4,225,000 salary cap hit.McManus is bummed he won’t have Miller with him on game days this fall.“As a friend, obviously it was upsetting just because I love to have him on the field all the times and during games we get to chat and stuff at certain times and I love watching him play,” McManus said. “Obviously, my position is not as exciting to watch but I truly love watching him play out there, so I’ll miss that.”last_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 25 Pittsburgh, 23-20, on last-second field goal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 The Syracuse defense slowly jogged back onto the field. The type of play that Syracuse had become accustomed to making had just been done to them. Ryan Winslow was set to punt and then he wasn’t. A harmlessly lofted throw landed in the hands of linebacker Matt Galambos, who had a first down. Syracuse, futile in it’s third-down abilities, had finally made the play it needed to. But it was erased by a trick out of its own playbook. The play extended a Pittsburgh drive that started at its own 5-yard line with 9:20 to play. And it finished with a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lost its fourth game in a row, 23-20, to No. 25 Pitt (6-1, 4-0) and second on the game’s final play. Its inability to make late defensive plays again erased a chance to win the game. In the first half the Orange and Panthers repeatedly traded scores. After a five-minute first drive that ended with just three points, it took Syracuse only two plays to respond with seven of its own. Quarterback Eric Dungey handed it off to fellow freshman Jordan Fredericks on the first play, and he took it up the gut before cutting past the secondary for 55 yards. Moments later, Dungey found Ervin Philips on a screen pass. The sophomore juked a defender and had nothing but space that separated him from the early score. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s second touchdown drive to close the first half went nearly as quickly. Following a Pittsburgh touchdown, the Orange took 71 seconds to retake the lead. Dungey hit Steve Ishmael who stopped and rose up for a 40-yard catch before corralling the touchdown a few plays later. Syracuse lost its momentum closing out the half. Kicker Ryan Norton booted a short kickoff and was called for a late hit before the Panthers got in field goal position. The Orange offense couldn’t get on track in the third quarter. Dungey broke free of a tackle in the backfield but was brought down with helmet-to-helmet contact. He was taken off the field and into the locker room. His replacement, walk-on Zack Mahoney, threw one complete pass but Dungey returned later in the quarter. But on two consecutive passes, he threw interceptions. The first was a pass over the middle that was picked off by Galambos. On the first play of the next drive, Dungey’s deep ball attempt was snagged by Lafayette Pitts. It took only one minute at the start of the fourth quarter for Pittsburgh to take its first lead since the opening moments. Running back Qadree Ollison burst through the middle on two straight plays to flip the momentum. But Syracuse drove right back down to tie it up on a field goal. The final drive was again the nail in Syracuse’s coffin. The final field goal was just a chip shot. A quick finish to lengthy, 89-yard buildup. The roar of the crowd in anticipation of a miss was silenced the second the kick went through the middle of the uprights. Commentslast_img read more

David Pastrnak injury update: Bruins winger expected to return this week

first_img“I suspect if he doesn’t play tomorrow, Thursday will be a real good day.”Pastrnak last suited up Feb. 10 against Colorado, where he was held scoreless over 20:42 of ice time. Later that night, he fell while walking out of a sponsorship dinner and injured his left thumb. The club announced two days later that his injury would require surgery. He has missed the team’s last 16 games. David Pastrnak appears to be returning to the Bruins lineup this week, according to head coach Bruce Cassidy.”He’s a good player, we miss him,” said Cassidy, stating the obvious following the team’s practice Monday. “Practice today felt great, so he’s traveling with us, obviously. Could play tomorrow. … I’m not saying he will, but he’ll make that decision in conjunction with the medical staff, maybe as early as tomorrow after morning skate. So I would assume he’d be a game-time decision tomorrow. Pastrnak and several of his teammates attended a sponsorship dinner on Sunday night. At about 11:30, while walking to his transportation, Pastrnak fell and injured his left thumb.Team will know better in two weeks, but Pastrnak is expected to return and play this season.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 12, 2019Pastrnak was having a career year prior to the injury. In 56 games, the right wing netted 31 goals and 35 assists with a career-high 29 points on the power play. How he will play when he returns is anyone’s guess since he is a right-handed shot, meaning his left hand is his top and controlling hand.One thing is certain: Pastrnak will be reunited on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The line was dominant before Pastrnak’s injury, and rejoining the trio is a “comfort level” for Pastrnak, noted Cassidy.The Bruins are embarking on a four-game road trip in which the 2014 first-round pick could return Tuesday against the Islanders or Thursday in New Jersey. With 10 games remaining, Boston sits four points ahead of Toronto in the battle for home-ice advantage in their expected first-round Atlantic Division matchup.last_img read more