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This Week in Sports: Lions, D-Backs, and More


Lions Place WR Marvin Jones On IR

The Detroit Lions placed wide receiver Marvin Jones on injured reserve with an ankle injury on Tuesday. This was two days after he suffered the injury during the 4th quarter against the Vikings. In addition, this is Jones’ second straight season ending on the IR. Jones hurt his ankle during the games last drive, but he finished the game.

“His foot kind of got stuck in the ground, pretty tough look for him,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “He actually got up and got back in his stance because he knew how important it was for us to get lined up and not have an injury in that situation. To his credit, he’s a tough guy. He did everything he could and it just kind of happened at the end of the game.”

Guerra Signs A $2.65M Deal With D-Backs

RHP Junior Guerra and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a one-year, $2.65M contract. Last season, Guerra was 9-5 with a 3.55 ERA. He also had 71 relief appearances, striking out 77 and walking 36. He played a total of 36 innings with the Brewers.

The 34-year-old became a free agent after Milwaukee failed to offer him a contract by the December 2nd deadline. He has 3 years, 155 days of major league service. Therefore, he would not have been eligible for free-agent status until the 2022 season. His deal with the Diamondbacks allows him a club option, and if he declines it Guerra would be eligible for salary arbitration.

Kyle Kuzma Out With Sprained Ankle

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma missed Wednesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic due to a sprained ankle. Kuzma originally injured the ankle two weeks ago during the game against the Wizards. However, he continued to play through soreness and discomfort. The Lakers’ medical team eventually stepped in, not letting him play during the game against the Magic. They hope that the ankle will heal before Kuzma plays more games. Currently, his status is day-to-day.

Stars Fire Jim Montgomery

The Dallas Stars fired head coach Jim Montgomery for “unprofessional conduct”. “The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing our organization,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. “This decision was made due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League.” No further information was given.

Colorado State Hires Steve Addazio

Colorado State hired former Boston College and Temple coach Steve Addazio as Mike Bobo’s replacement. “I would like to thank president Joyce McConnell and director of athletics Joe Parker for the opportunity to lead this football program,” Addazio said in a statement. “Colorado State University is a world-class institution, and Fort Collins is an incredible city to live in and to be able to recruit to. Our program will be one built on toughness and passion, and we will work tirelessly to develop men of character to return championship-level football back to Colorado State.”