Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics big man Daniel Theis suffered a facial injury late in the first quarter against the Jazz and will not return.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert limped off the court after suffering a left knee injury in the opening minutes of Friday's game against the Boston Celtics. He will not return.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Gordon Hayward believe he can return this season? "My mind is open to that. I'm trying to get back as fast as I can. It all depends on how I heal. Taking it day-by-day, goal-by-goal. We'll see what happens."


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens with high praise for Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell: "He's special. I think that word was out before the draft but then watching him play in Summer League was pretty eye-opening. ... Plus he's just got a moxie about him, he's got a way about him that people would say is beyond his years. There's also older guys than don't have that so it's not fair to say that. I just think he's just got that way about him."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford is back in Boston's starting lineup after a one-game absence for rest; Joe Johnson is available for the Jazz after missing the last 21 games due to a wrist injury.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Mike Gillislee (on 5 straight inactives): "It's been a coach's decision. ... It's not easy, I can tell you that. But I'm a team player and always going to put my team first. I'm not going to be a distraction."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox liked Carlos Santana's combination of on-base skills, pop and leadership qualities. They just didn't value the package as much as the Phillies, who can point to Santana as a winning player in future attempts to lure veterans as part of their rebuild. Santana isn't a true middle-of-the-order thumper, but Sox hopeful his signing helps spur movement in the markets for J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

Gronk not interested in questions about suspension (0:19)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski deflected follow-up questions on the suspension and what led to it, saying his focus was on the Steelers. After about 2 minutes, and with questions not coming rapid fire, Gronkowski left abruptly and said, "Thank you guys, I'm out."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: "I definitely learned from the mistake that I made, for sure. But I have a huge game this Sunday, so I'm just putting all my focus on the Steelers this week."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

As Elandon Roberts (52) and Malcolm Brown (90) loosen up at Patriots practice, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski stand next to each other in the distance. The two are looking forward to connecting again as Gronkowski returns from a one-game NFL suspension.

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11hGreg Wyshynski

Weekly Reader: McDavid among biggest penalty-minute magnets

Why does Connor McDavid draw penalties at a higher rate than his peers? Because his ability to get into scoring position all but forces opposing players to foul him. Plus, the latest on the Seattle expansion front and more Jersey Fouls.

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15hJerry Crasnick

Will winter meetings sparks finally light the hot stove fire?

The Marlins' salary dump continued, and critics took turns bashing them. A group of relievers cashed in. And, well, the rest of this week was more of a fact-finding mission than a splash of activity. Big moves are coming, it's just a matter of when.