Adrian Peterson will plead not guilty to child abuse charges against him if he’s asked for a plea at Wednesday’s court hearing.
Peterson remains on the Exempt/Comissioner’s Permission List and it is unclear if he’ll play again this season.
Rashad Jennings won’t need surgery to repair his injured left knee, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained MCL, and Jennings is expected to miss at least a few weeks with the injury.
Rookie Andre Williams will take over in the meantime as the Giants’ starting running back, with Peyton Hillis serving as his backup.
The Miami Dolphins have suspended Derrick Shelby indefinitely following his arrest over the weekend.
The Dolphins cited Shelby for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
According to a Fort Lauderdale police report, nightclub security said Shelby was touching women without their permission early Saturday. Shelby appeared intoxicated, was ordered to leave several times by an officer and refused — asking, “What are you going to do?” — the report said.
When officers tried to place Shelby in custody, he pushed away and took an aggressive fighting stance. He was placed on the ground and continued to resist, and officers used a Taser three times before he was subdued.
Matt Kemp, who got in a heated argument with plate umpire Dale Scott late in Game 3 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, blasted the veteran umpire after the game.
The Dodgers were held to seven hits by John Lackey and two Cardinals relievers.
“Terrible. Terrible strike zone,” Kemp said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. That’s disappointing because you’ve got guys out there battling. You know, this is two good teams going at it, and it’s supposed to be the teams, not the umpire, and I just feel like the umpire took the bat out of our hands today. He had a very generous strike zone. It’s hard to face good pitching when you’ve got a guy throwing a ball in the other batter’s box, and it’s called strikes.”
Kemp, who got in a face-to-face argument with Scott after he struck out to lead off the ninth inning, could be facing a fine from the commissioner’s office for his postgame comments.
Clayton Kershaw will pitch on three days’ rest Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers face elimination against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Dodgers made the announcement before losing Monday night, which means they need to win Game 4 to extend their season. If they are successful, Zack Greinke will start Game 5 at Dodger Stadium.
Dan Haren had been scheduled to start Game 4.
Ray Allen remains undecided if he’ll play this season amid reports that he’d agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Amid continued rumors and having spoken with Ray today, let me be very clear,” said Allen’s agent Jim Tanner. “Ray’s position has not changed. Ray has not decided if he will play this season nor has he signed with the Cavaliers.”
Allen has received contact from the Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, among other teams.
Kevin Durant was asked his opinion on the possibility of the NBA eliminating the maximum contract.
LeBron James has long expressed his belief that players like him are underpaid relative to other players.
“Look at it like this,” Durant explained. “Kobe Bryant brings in a lot of money to Los Angeles, that downtown area. People go to watch the Lakers. Clippers are getting up there, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and those guys are bringing in a lot of money as well. Look at Cleveland, look at Miami when LeBron was there. These guys are worth more than what they are making because of the amount of money they bring to that area. That’s a conversation you can always have, but until it’s changed you never know what will happen to it.”