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Joe Thomas' 9,684 straight shifts in the Factory of Sadness

The offensive lineman wants to be there when the Cleveland Browns become the Chicago Cubs. He'll have earned it -- the likely Hall of Famer has never missed a snap.

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Late-season predictions for every NFL team

Which award could young stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott share? And is pass-rusher Khalil Mack destined for a bigger prize? NFL Nation reporters make a prediction for all 32 teams.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Bogut said timetable he's been given for his recovery from a hyperextension and bone bruise in his left knee is 10 days to 3-4 weeks.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford said "it's up there" when it comes to if this is the most fun he's had playing football. Lions have won 7 of 8 games.

NFL 

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA scouts have been enamored with Florida State's Jonathan Isaac when he's been healthy this season. 6-10 and long, but they're most impressed by his shooting: 44.4 percent from 3.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on Sammy Watkins missing practice Wednesday: "Hopefully he'll be ready to roll." Ryan says Watkins came out of Sunday's game feeling better than he did after the game before.

NFL 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins is projected not to practice today because of his foot.

NFL 

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' priority is to bring back Justin Turner, but is there a point when they move on from their desired plan? Club president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman: "Sure. I think that as conversations get to the point where you will potentially lose something, you go to them. In the case where a player is Option A and Option B has gotten to the point where you need to make a decision, that's when you go and say, 'Look, we're at this point.' That's the part of the timing element that is tricky."

MLB 

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Ian Desmond is expected to play 1B for the Rockies, a position he hasn't played in the minors or majors. He moved from SS to OF last season.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan: "I believe Tyrod Taylor is an outstanding quarterback, has a chance to be an outstanding quarterback." Ryan says he doesn't believe it's appropriate to evaluate Taylor's future until after the season.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on LeSean McCoy: "The type of year he's having is amazing. ... This young man is having an unbelievable season for us."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Richard Hernandez on stand now in Will Smith murder trial. Hernandez was an acquaintance of Smith and a central figure in the case since defense is painting him as the chief instigator. He said he left the scene in a taxi because he feared for his life after Smith was shot and he heard someone saying, "Where's that white boy?" Hernandez admitted to taking his shirt off because he felt a fight was about to happen but said he never swung at anybody and walked away when wife calmed him down. Cross examination beginning now.

NFL 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on Steelers: "We have to win this game to have any hopes of getting into the playoffs." He believes Pittsburgh has improved defensively.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions GM Bob Quinn, after the Quick Lane Bowl press conference, declined comment on his team, saying he'll chat after the season. He did, though, chat with Boston College coach Steve Addazio briefly,

NFL 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

On Larry Bird's 60th birthday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens reflects on what it meant for an Indy kid to grow up watching Bird.

NBA 

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Ian Desmond will play 1B for Rockies gets 70 million over 5 years

MLB 

Jeff Carlisle Soccer 

Toronto FC braving the elements on a brisk day here in Toronto.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Kyrie Irving on this Duke team after watching the Blue Devils last night: "They can be great, but it's going to take some time. They still aren't fully back yet. Harry's special." Irving spent time down in Durham this past offseason and knows the young guys (i.e. Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles) well.

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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the forecast for the Bengals game in Cleveland this Sunday. Andy Dalton said he's never played in a real snow game; he said it could be fun to play in if it snows during the game.

NFL 

ESPN Stats and Information  

Larry Bird turns 60 today. Bird's single-game career-high for points, and the Celtics' single-game scoring record, is the 60 Bird scored against the Hawks at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on March 12, 1985. Bird broke Kevin McHale's scoring record (56), set nine days earlier.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Rockies have agreed to terms with Ian Desmond as first reported by Ken Rosenthal

MLB 

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rebecca Dooley echoes Racquel Smith's testimony that Racquel tried to calm Will Smith and the situation, saying things like, "We have kids, let's call the police, don't do this" etc. But she said Racquel never made one isolated statement like, "Don't do it, Will!" Dooley also said Smith and Cardell Hayes were equally agitated in the argument. And that she and Racquel had succeeded in calming Smith down and believed the situation had been diffused before Hayes began shooting.

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

You just never know what you'll find at the rink. Like at Nationwide Arena where ice sculptors are hard at work on a carving that will be featured in the Columbus Blue Jackets holiday card.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Gary Cohen is not headed to the Hall of Fame ... this year anyway. The late Bill King, a former Athletics broadcaster, received the honor as the Ford C. Frick winner for broadcasting excellence.

Peter Lawrence-Riddell ESPN.com 

Don Mattingly talks about Giancarlo Stanton and expectations for 2017. Consistency and health are the keys.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals running back David Johnson was named the NFC offensive player of the week for the second time this season. Johnson earned the honor after tallying 175 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He's he first Cardinal to be named The NFC's OPOW twice in the same season since Kurt Warner did it in 2009.

NFL 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (groin strain) flew home to Boston on Tuesday night. He's out vs. Magic tonight and team will monitor his status moving forward.