NFL: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson will report to the San Diego Chargers next week and sign his contract tender, his agent said Thursday.
By reporting Oct. 29, Jackson will be able to serve a three-game, team-imposed suspension on the roster exempt list, then play in the final six games to accrue his sixth season toward unrestricted free agency.
Jackson and agent Neil Schwartz said earlier this fall that the receiver likely wouldn’t play this year.
Last week, the NFL Players Association recommended that Jackson report to his team in time to gain an accrued season.
Jackson will be eligible to return to the struggling Chargers for a game at Indianapolis on Nov. 28.
He will make approximately $240,000 rather than the $3.27 million he would have made had he signed his tender.
• Colts TE Clark out indefinitely: Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said tight end Dallas Clark is out indefinitely with a wrist injury.
Polian also said Clark would meet with doctors to determine the extent of the injury and how long he will be sidelined. Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed that Clark would be evaluated.
• Harrison returns to Steelers after day off: Linebacker James Harrison returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers, one day after he threatened to retire because of the NFL’s stricter enforcement of dangerous hits.
Harrison was given a cooling-off day Wednesday by coach Mike Tomlin and was told to skip practice. Harrison became upset after the league fined him $75,000 for an illegal hit last Sunday on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.
• Browns still without Massaquoi, Cribbs: Cleveland Browns wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Joshua Cribbs remain sidelined by concussions sustained on helmet-to-helmet hits by Pittsburgh’s Harrison.
Cleveland coach Eric Mangini said Cribbs and Massaquoi were making progress and he was hopeful they would be practice today.
• Titans’ Young doesn’t practice; Collins could start: Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young said whether he plays against the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be decided until Sunday.
Young had his left leg twisted underneath him after recovering a fumbled snap in last week’s win over Jacksonville.
Kerry Collins, who stepped in after Young’s injury last week, will start under center if Young is unable to play.
Letang leads Pens past Predators
NHL: Kris Letang scored on a slap shot with 1:11 left in overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 at Nashville, Tenn.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin also scored for Pittsburgh. Letang also had an assist.
David Legwand, Cody Franson and Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville, which has played three consecutive overtime games.
• Moulson nets OT winner as Isles top Lightning: Matt Moulson scored a delayed, video-reviewed goal in overtime to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa, Fla.
Former Spokane Chief Michael Grabner and PA Parenteau also scored for the Islanders. The Lightning got goals from Sean Bergenheim and Martin St. Louis.
• Franzen fires Wings past Flames: Johan Franzen’s third-period goal broke a tie, and Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi both had a goal and an assist in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-2 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.
Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 34 saves.
• Bruins beat Capitals for fourth straight win: Nathan Horton scored his fourth goal in five games, and Tim Thomas made 38 saves as the host Boston Bruins won their fourth straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Jason Chimera scored and Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots for the Capitals.
• Roenick, Hatcher brothers headline HOF inductees: Nine- time NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame along with former players – and brothers – Derian and Kevin Hatcher, former Team USA chief medical officer George Nagobads and USA Hockey consultant Art Berglund.
They were inducted at a ceremony at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., which will host the World Junior Hockey Championships this winter.
Five players tied for lead in Las Vegas
Miscellany: At Las Vegas, Robert Garrigus, Will MacKenzie, Michael Letzig, John Senden and rookie Cameron Tringale shot 7-under-par 64s to share the first-round lead in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, the fourth of five Fall Series events.
George McNeill, Nicholas Thompson, Ryan Palmer, Vaughn Taylor and Martin Flores all opened with 65s.
Alex Prugh (Ferris) shot a 4-under 67, three behind the leaders.
• China wins worlds’ title; U.S. finishes fourth: China won its fourth straight men’s team title at the world gymnastics championships, while the United States struggled to a fourth place finish at Rotterdam, Netherlands.
China (274.997 points) led rival Japan (273.769) most of the night, with Germany (271.252) finishing third.
• Kahne will finish season with Red Bull: Kasey Kahne will finish this season driving for Red Bull Racing, a move made possible when Richard Petty Motorsports granted him an early release.
Kahne will finish this year in the No. 83 Toyota. He’s signed to drive for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012.
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