Bears Sign OT Leno to 40Year Extension – The Chicago Bears have signed left tackle Charles Leno Jr. to a four-year extension through 2021, the team announced on Wednesday. The extension is worth $38 million with $21.5 million in guarantees, a source confirmed to ESPN. Leno, 25, started 30 career games for the Bears from 2014-16.
49ers Hire Sower, First Openly Gay Coach in NFL – The San Francisco 49ers officially hired Katie Sowers for the 2017 season last week, making her the team’s first female assistant coach. She’s also the second full-time female assistant coach in NFL history. Sowers joins Buffalo Bills quality control coach Kathryn Smith, who last year became the league’s first female full-time assistant. On Tuesday, Sowers, 31, made more history, becoming the NFL’s first openly gay coach. In an interview with Outsports.com, Sowers discussed her sexual orientation for the first time on the record.
UPDATE: Beckham Could Miss Opener vs. Dallas – Odell Beckham Jr.‘s ankle injury could potentially keep the New York Giants wide receiver out of the season opener, sources told ESPN. The Giants open their season on the road on Sept. 10 against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s “not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season,” according to one source. Beckham left Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns after taking a hard hit to the left leg from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. An X-ray during the game was negative. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday that confirmed a sprained ankle. “I’m taking it one day at a time,” Beckham said in a text to ESPN on Wednesday morning.
Giants Waive OL Bowie After Assault Charge – The New York Giants waived offensive lineman Michael Bowie on Wednesday, five days after he was charged with domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury or destruction of property in Oklahoma. Bowie has denied making any physical contact with his girlfriend through a statement from his agent. The NFL is investigating the incident. The Giants left open the possibility of Bowie returning pending the outcome of the situation.
- New York Giants 6 – Cleveland Browns 10
Highlights: Odell Beckham sprained his left ankle on a questionable hit in the first half of the Giants’ 10-6 exhibition loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. After catching an 18-yard pass from Eli Manning in the first half, Beckham was undercut by Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who drove his shoulder and helmet into the star receiver’s left leg. Beckham’s legs flipped into the air and he banged his head hard on the turf. The Giants (0-2) said Beckham only suffered a sprain, but the team will have further medical tests conducted Tuesday. The Browns (2-0) won their second straight game after going a combined 1-19 in 2016. Brock Osweiler started his second straight game and completed 6 of 8 passes for 25 yards in two series. He was intercepted by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who snagged a tipped pass on the Browns’ opening drive.
Eagles’ Treggs Fined $25K, Draws Randall’s Ire – Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Bryce Treggs revealed that he has been fined $25,000 by the NFL, presumably for his high hit on Green Bay Packers defensive back Damarious Randall during Week 1 of the preseason. Randall took a shot to the head as Treggs went high with a block during a 3-yard LeGarrette Blount run in the first quarter. Randall suffered a concussion on the play and let Treggs know via Twitter that he thought the receiver’s hit was dirty.
Broncos QB Siemian Wins Battle, Named Starter – The Denver Broncos have named Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback, with coach Vance Joseph saying Monday that Siemian was the “clear-cut winner” in his competition with Paxton Lynch. Joseph had split work between the two quarterbacks in the offseason program, organized team activities, minicamp and training camp. Siemian and Lynch have each started one preseason game. Siemian likely closed the deal Saturday night when he came in against the San Francisco 49ers with just over three minutes remaining in the first half and led the Broncos on a seven-play, 53-yard touchdown drive.
- Atlanta Falcons 13 – Pittsburgh Steelers 17
- New Orleans Saints 13 – Los Angeles Chargers 7
Chicago Cubs 4 – Toronto Blue Jays 3
Highlights: Ian Happ hit his 18th home run, Jose Quintana pitched six effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Saturday to keep up their success against AL opponents. The World Series champions have won nine of their last 10 interleague games. The NL Central leaders have won five of seven overall. Happ hit an RBI single in the first inning and added a solo homer in the fourth. In the sixth, Happ drew a leadoff walk from Danny Barnes (2-4) and later scored on a two-out single by Javier Baez for the go-ahead run.Cubs closer Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save in as many chances. He tied the franchise record for consecutive saves converted.
Highlights: Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli drove in enough runs on their own to make up for the Texas Rangers’ early deficit. Odor homered twice, Napoli also went deep, and both had five RBI, as the wild card-hopeful Rangers overwhelmed the Chicago White Sox 17-7 on Saturday night after trailing by five runs before even going to bat. Martin Perez (8-10), needed 40 pitches in the first as Chicago went ahead 5-0, but he made it through six innings to win his third straight start. The lefty needed only 56 more pitches and gave up only one more run after the first.
Chicago Bears 24 – Arizona Cardinals 23
Highlights: Mike Glennon was better, not great, but better, in the Chicago Bears’ 24-23 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. Glennon, just 2 for 8 for 20 yards last week in Chicago’s preseason opener, played the entire first half in Arizona, completing 13 of 18 passes for 89 yards. Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears’ rookie who had an outstanding debut in the preseason opener, played most of the second half. He wasn’t quite as spectacular this time but a solid 6 for 8 for 60 yards and a score. He was sacked once and had a would-be interception dropped. The biggest play of the night came from Deonte Thompson, who returned a missed Arizona field goal 109 yards for a touchdown as the first half ended. Phil Dawson, who has never kicked one longer than 56 yards in his 18 NFL seasons, attempted a 63-yarder with a second to play in the half and was short and wide right.
- Carolina Panthers 27 – Tennessee Titans 34
- Kansas City Chiefs 30 – Cincinnati Bengals 12
- Indianapolis Colts 19 – Dallas Cowboys 24
- New York Jets 6 – Detroit Lions 16
- Green Bay Packers 21 – Washington Redskins 17
- New England Patriots 23 – Houston Texans 27
- Chicago Bears 24 – Arizona Cardinals 23 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Denver Broncos 33 – San Francisco 49ers 14
- Los Angeles Rams 24 – Oakland Raiders 21