PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Washington Capitals put No. 1 defenseman Matt Niskanen on long-term injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
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The team says Niskanen is week-to-week. On LTIR, he must miss 10 games and 24 games, which means Niskanen isn’t eligible to return until Nov. 7 at Buffalo.
Digital streaming numbers are improving, but not at the rate that TV numbers are falling. ESPN counts the stream crowd as 3 percent of its viewership of Monday Night Football, which is the best of all the game-carrying networks.
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In fact, one team executive looked at the numbers, and actually didn’t see them as all bad. He said, I took away that compared to TV, the NFL is actually stronger year over year, Teemu Pulkkinen Jersey compared to other programming. But the league does need to better understand how change in habits will affect ratings long-term.
I’m told at this point Hue Jackson is safe, even [if there was] an ugly loss [today], Rapoport said. … But firing Hue Jackson now, on the plane home, as we’ve seen in the past, would be against everything the Browns are trying to do. Changes are expected to come at the end of the season in some form or fashion. But at this point, they are not expected to involve Hue Jackson.
Whether those end-of-year plans will include Jackson should be determined by how the final nine games of the season turn out. The Browns are 1-22 in the head coach’s first two seasons heading into Sunday’s showdown in London.