Colts place Rodney Adams on reserve/retired list

The Colts placed wide receiver Rodney Adams on the reserve/retired list, the team announced Monday.

Indianapolis signed Adams to a reserve/future contract on February 2.

He spent time on the Vikings’ active roster and practice squad as a rookie in 2017 but did not see game action. Adams spent the first eight weeks on Minnesota’s active roster before the Vikings waived him October 30. He was signed to the team’s practice squad November 1, where he spent the remainder of the regular season and postseason.

The Nets led by 11 points during the third quarter before the Bulls cut the lead to three on Kilpatrick’s 3-pointer with five seconds left.

Chicago got within four points on Kilpatrick’s basket with 4:14 left in the fourth quarter, forcing the Nets to call a timeout.

Russell then hit a jumper at the elbow over Kilpatrick to start 6-0 run capped by his driving layup with 1:36 to play. That extended the lead to 112-102.

Bulls: Markkanen made a pair of 3-pointers. The 20-year-old from Finland is two shy of tying Kirk Hinrich’s franchise rookie record of 144 set during the 2003-04 season. … David Nwaba had 11 points and 10 rebounds

Nets: Forwards Joe Harris (sprained left ankle) and Caris LeVert (right foot tendinitis) were held out. DeMarre Carroll was also a scratch due to a left hip strain.

He had his right rotator cuff fixed after the Super Bowl and remains in a sling six weeks later.

“Not too much, right now,” Jeffery said when asked what he is able to do. “Just trying to loosen it up.”

Jeffery, who signed a four-year deal worth up to $52 million, won’t participate in OTAs. But he expects to be cleared for the preseason.

The likely reason stems from the team’s shift to a 4-3 “Tampa-Two” defensive scheme that will feature more zone coverage, which is a style of play that isn’t considered Melvin’s strength. Melvin, though, admits he was surprised the Colts didn’t make a strong push to keep him in the fold.

“(General manager) Chris Ballard and I spoke in-depth about the upcoming season and expectations that they would have for me there,” Melvin said. “But, hey, it didn’t work out that way. I’m just excited to be an Oakland Raider.”texans_101

Richard Sherman supports Lamar Jackson’s decision not to hire an agent

San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman likes having company among prominent NFL players without agents.

So Sherman says he’s pleased to see that Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson hasn’t hired an agent in advance of the 2018 NFL draft.

“Yes, it’s a great idea,” Sherman told USA Today. “In terms of improving his draft stock or the amount of money he receives, there isn’t much they can do. I’m sure he has mentors and [advisers] who can guide him.”

By adding Griffin, that line of questioning goes away. And while it’s odd to think that the Ravens would allow legal strategy to influence football decisions, it’s too coincidental that they held a press conference on Wednesday announcing that Griffin will join the team next week, a day before Newsome and Harbaugh are scheduled to answer plenty of questions about why they picked Griffin over Kaepernick.

Besides, the truth seems to be that the Ravens previously allowed business strategy to influence football decisions, based on the decision not to sign Kaepernick last year. The challenge for the Ravens and the NFL on Thursday ultimately will consist of showing that the Ravens made their decisions about Kaepernick on their own, and without any influence of a league office that arguably was spreading the word that signing Kaepernick would be bad for business.

Houston went scoreless for more than four minutes, missing seven shots and committing three turnovers as Oklahoma City pulled away. The Thunder also blocked three shots in that span.

“Just doing what you’ve got to do to win, honestly,” Westbrook said.

The Rockets scored five straight points with less than a minute left to get within five, but George made two free throws to help secure the win.

Anthony made three of the Thunder’s 10 3-pointers. He said it was important for them to be in attack mode right from the start.

“It was one of those days, understanding the situation that we’re in and just trying to be aggressive out there on both ends and go after it from the beginning,” he said.

The Thunder led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Houston used a 5-1 spurt take a 62-61 lead at halftime.

Thunder: Westbrook also had 10 assists. … Oklahoma City had five blocked shots, including two from Jerami Grant. … Steven Adams added 12 points.texans_020

The Los Angeles Chargers are locking up one of the league’s best corners.

Casey Hayward has agreed to a contract extension with the Chargers , the team announced on Sunday. Hayward’s new deal is for three-years and worth $36 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Additionally, Hayward receives $20 million fully guaranteed upon signing, per Rapoport.

The Redskins probably won’t be able to retain leading tackler Zach Brown in free agency . Smith can fly around the field against the run and also has strong instincts for coverage.

The Packers are likely to continue addressing their pass defense in some form, either by rebuilding at edge rusher or adding another versatile cover man to their promising young group that includes 2017 second-rounder Kevin King. Hughes is a good player for the hybrid coverage scheme of new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Manning has decided that if he becomes an NFL TV analyst, it will be on Fox’s new Thursday night package and not on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” sources told The Post. He is still undecided if he will work for Fox or not.

Whoever is hired by ESPN as ‘Monday Night Football’ analyst will have a new partner announcer in the booth, with Joe Tessitore reportedly replacing Sean McDonough as play-by-play announcer for the network’s NFL flagship program.

Tessitore has worked at ESPN since 2002, and most recently called college football, college basketball and boxing for the family of networks.

McDonough was inked by ESPN to a multi-year contract extension and will shift to college football after two years in the MNF booth. As part of McDonough’s new deal he will call national games each week as well as one College Football Playoff semifinal.seahawks_100_12368ef9c9791c8a-180x180

It remains to be seen what other teams and players will do at this weekend’s games.

Jones wrote Thursday to Goodell seeking to have a special owners’ meeting scheduled for Nov. 28 in New York. Jones cited “a significant decline in television ratings, increased advertiser discontent, high-profile litigation concerning player suspensions, and decreasing ticket sales,” and wrote: “This is not the time for the League to undertake massive contractual obligations which are inconsistent with the League’s performance.” His request was rejected by owners on the compensation committee, according to a person close to the situation.

Young: Fiction. Both Durant and Curry have missed a chunk of games because of injuries, but unlike my current front-runner James Harden, who has missed a handful of time himself, the Warriors mostly didn’t miss a beat. It can be a strong MVP bullet point to note how your team performed with you out, and the Rockets are clearly not the same kind of team with Harden sitting, while the Warriors, obviously dominant in large part because of the excellence of Durant and Curry, can weather a superstar’s absence better than any other team.

Herring: Fact. They have enough, but that doesn’t mean they’ll fully realize that potential, or that Golden State won’t find a way to hold them down. The Rockets are damn good, but they need to be healthy to get back to what they were on defense for the first month and a half, and for everything else to go right to dethrone the champs.

There is no way of knowing where all this goes from here. But it seems clear that the goal of separating football and politics probably is not within immediate reach.

“Do we want to get back to focusing primarily on football?” Lockhart said. “You bet we do.”

Elliott case. … About those good feelings between NFL players and owners: They could end soon, with the Ezekiel Elliott case back in court Monday. A federal appeals court is to hear oral arguments on the NFL’s request for an emergency stay of the injunction that is keeping Elliott’s six-game suspension on hold. Elliott is ensured of playing Sunday for the Cowboys against the Los Angeles Rams.jaguars_084

Eason is the only starting quarterback in Super Bowl history who failed to complete a pass in the big game.

He had a miserable outing against the daunting бо85 Bears, who sacked him three times for a loss of 28 yards and caused him to fumble. He was only on the field for six offensive possessions (15 plays total), which resulted in four three-and-outs and two turnovers.

The Pats benched him midway through the second quarter for Steve Grogan, who finished the game completing 17 of 30 passes for 177 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Elway had a disastrous performance in his third attempt at a Super Bowl victory. The then-future Hall of Famer’s three turnovers all led to 49ers touchdowns, and he was sacked four times for a loss of 30 yards.

Matt Forte, RB, Jets: Forte was limited in practice Thursday. He returned from a knee injury in Week 12, but failed to produce much as the New York backfield has been a frustrating committee.

DeVonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: Freeman has been fully participating in practice this week, having recovered from a concussion. Tevin Coleman has played well in his absence, plus it’s not a great matchup against a stout Minnesota defense. That said, while Freeman owners have had to fill the void the past couple weeks, they’ll be hard-pressed to do it again, given Freeman’s ability to produce.

By the time the Philadelphia Eagles next take the field, they will be three weeks removed from the last time their entire team played a competitive game. More than a month will have passed since Carson Wentz was hurt and six full weeks since the team’s offense and defense both played well in the same game. All of that inaction and mediocre play is a recipe for a slow start in the Divisional Round, a grumbling home crowd and a situation that no one in Philadelphia relishes: Nick Foles needing to come from behind to win in the playoffs.

Sunday’s shutout loss to Dallas only confirmed the worst fears of Eagles fans. Foles looked skittish again, throwing for only 39 yards (with an interception) on 11 attempts in the frigid cold. Philadelphia might be the rare No. 1 seed that is an underdog in its first playoff game, no matter which team it plays.jaguars_034

Teddy Bridgewater contemplating not playing for the Vikings next season

Teddy Bridgewater called this season a test of my character after he was demoted from starting in the playoffs for Case Keenum, and now it appears he could be on his way out of Minnesota.

The Vikings quarterback said he’s now healthy enough to be a starter, but with Keenum and Sam Bradford still in the picture, he knows his future in Minnesota isn’t guaranteed.

That was the last time Eric Musselman’s team lost. Since then, seven straight wins to sit atop the Mountain West as its only undefeated team.

Included in the Wolfpack’s streak was a 92-83 home win against the Cowboys.

While being ranked again gives Nevada a sense of accomplishment, Musselman is trying to keep his troops focused on the Cowboys.

The only think we should be worried about is winning in Laramie, he said. Obviously it’s a great accomplishment for any mid-major to crack the Top 25, but having said that, ‘How do we figure out a way to beat the Cowboys?’ is the biggest concern.

Johnson was the Chargers’ defensive line coach from 2009-15. Wilks was on that same Chargers staff as defensive backs coach from 2009-11.

Johnson also was defensive line coach for the Raiders (2007-08) and Bears (2005-06). He spent the past two seasons out of football.

Few, if any, of the defensive coaches who previously worked under Arians are expected to remain with the Cardinals under Wilks, who was hired Monday after six years of climbing the ranks on the Panthers’ defensive staff.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes Richard could benefit from a fresh start with another franchise, Rapoport was told. Richard recently interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy in Indianapolis.patriots_119_1fd6406ebb787361-180x180