The two storied clubs meet in the Europa League group stage.
Storied clubs Celtic and AC Milan open their quest to win the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, when they meet at Celtic Park in Glasgow. First kick is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Europa League stage isn’t the one on which either side is desiring to feature, but winning the competition would present another avenue to returning to the Champions League.
The two clubs are in arguably the toughest Europa League group, along with Lille and Sparta Prague.
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Time: 3 p.m. ET
Milan was boosted by the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who recovered after a bout with the coronavirus and scored twice in the club’s Milan derby victory over Inter last weekend. The Rossoneri lead Serie A through four matches, winning all of their games thus far and outscoring opponents 9-1. They won’t have the services of Turkish star Hakan Calhanoglu, though, as he’s out after suffering an injury in training.
Celtic, meanwhile, trails heated rival Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, falling in their latest Old Firm derby, 2-0, last weekend. It will be missing Odsonne Edouard, who is still recovering from his coronavirus infection. One personnel overlap between the clubs involves Uruguayan left back Diego Laxalt, who is on loan with Celtic from Milan and is eligible to face off against his parent club.
The two clubs have met 10 times in European competition, with Celtic winning just once, back in 2007.
The Pro Bowler took a hard hit against the Colts, breaking his rib. Landry finished the game and practiced the following week.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry admitted that he has been playing through a broken rib that he suffered two weeks ago against the Colts.
Landry completed a 32-yard catch on Oct. 11 before he took a big hit from linebacker Zaire Franklin and crawled to the sidelines.
“That hit actually broke one of my ribs,” Landry said on Zoom, according to the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich. “So I’m still kind of dealing with and playing through that and just kind of out here in practice doing whatever I can and giving it my all on Sundays.”
The 27-year-old finished the game and sat out two practices last week before returning on Friday as a limited player. He competed against the Steelers on Sunday and tallied three receptions for 40 yards. Landry practiced on Wednesday but it was on a limited basis.
In his seven-year NFL career, Landry has never missed a game.
The Pro Bowler has not found the end zone this season, but has recorded 24 catches for 319 yards in six games. The former-LSU star had nearly 1,200 receiving yards as a junior and decided to leave the school a year early. The Miami Dolphins drafted him in the second round in 2014.
During his rookie season, Landry caught 84 passes for 758 yards and five touchdowns, earning a spot on Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie Team. The rising star tallied 110 passes for 1,157 yards in his second year and had a 1,136-yard season the following year. In 2017, Landry brought in an NFL-best 112 receptions.
However, in 2018, the Dolphins traded him to the Browns. In his first season with them, he tallied 81 catches for 976 yards and four touchdowns. He crossed back over the 1,000 yard mark against last year with 83 catches for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns, averaging a career-best 14.1 yards per catch.
Landry has made five straight Pro Bowls from 2015-2019, three with Miami and two with the Browns.
The wide receiver’s status is TBD ahead of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas’s status has yet to be determined for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers after injuring his hamstring in practice, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The three-time Pro Bowler has not played since Week 1 when he suffered a high-ankle sprain. He was ruled out against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5 after a reported fight during practice when he punched teammate C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
Week 6 would have given Thomas a chance to continue to heal since the team had a bye.
Head coach Sean Payton announced on Wednesday that Thomas’s discipline would only last one game, and if healthy, the wide receiver could return against the Panthers. The latest Saints practice report listed him as limited in Wednesday’s practice due to his ankle and hamstring.
It remains unknown when Thomas suffered the hamstring injury, but he tweeted on Oct. 13 that he had a setback.
Thomas was expected to be one of the best wide receivers in the league this year after his record-breaking season in 2019, where he set the single-year mark for receptions (149) and leading the league in receiving yards (1,725).
The 27-year-old has only tallied three catches for 17 yards this year.
Seattle has a perfect record, an MVP-candidate quarterback and an emerging young talent at wide receiver. Is it really worth the risk to rock the boat with Antonio Brown?
It took the Seahawks nearly a decade to build a version of their roster that is both complementary to and sympatico with quarterback Russell Wilson. It’s a journey that brought the team one Super Bowl victory, one high-profile Super Bowl loss and a smattering of stories exploring the various ways in which Wilson and his generational, cacophonous defense could not get along, leading to a messy divorce.
Now, sitting at 5–0, with their quarterback on an MVP trajectory for the first time in his career and the offense developing one of the best ascending talents at the wide receiver position in the NFL, there is some semblance of peace in Renton. The obvious inclination, then, is to add Antonio Brown to the mix and roll a quarter-stick of dynamite into the meadow.
There is a chance, of course, that Brown is a “changed man” after his suspension from the NFL that resulted, in part, from a Sports Illustrated piece on his various transgressions and the subsequent threats he made to sources in that story. Before that, Brown forced his way out of Pittsburgh with a series of seemingly calculated and erratic moves. Then, he forced his way out of Oakland, calming down only after he landed in the warm embrace of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the perpetually title-bound Patriots.
Seattle is an organization of similar standing, which means that the team is counting on getting the best out of Brown without any of the perceived side effects. The Seahawks could also be signing someone with a history of behavior that, in an on-field context, has the potential to destroy a locker room and alienate some of the team’s best players. They will also need to prepare a way to wave off his history of alleged abuse, sexual misconduct and threatening behavior.
The question is: Does it all seem worth it?
When a team feels a Super Bowl within its grasp, there is always a push to accumulate more talent, to steel the roster against any and every perceived imperfection. The Ravens, on Thursday afternoon, traded for Yannick Ngakoue despite already having one of the highest pass-rush win rates in football, not to mention one of the three best overall defenses in the league. This coming trade deadline should be one of the more egregious power grabs in recent NFL history given the significant gap between the haves and have-nots in 2020.
But there has always been a difference between getting better incrementally through smart trades and free agency savvy and the needless, naked microwaving of a roster with talent that is on the market for a reason. Teams always have to wrestle with that internal calculous and whether they think the erosion of time will help people forget why someone like Brown was eligible to sign this late in the season in the first place.
It’s just difficult to imagine why, with so many other pressing needs, the Seahawks are leaning so hard in this direction, as Pete Carroll indicated with his comments this week. The Seahawks lead the NFL in offensive DVOA. Russell Wilson leads the league in touchdown passes. On passes in which Wilson targets D.K. Metcalf, his passer rating is 130. I would imagine that even adding a more explosive tight end option would positively diversify this offense more, with much less of a risk than adding Brown.
The team is also 26th in defensive DVOA. Its top cornerback is allowing an opposing quarterback rating of 108.7 and an opposing quarterback completion percentage near 70. They are a middle-of-the-road pass rushing team. There are plenty of improvements to be made that don’t involve a wide receiver.
And while I get the logic—basically ensuring that you can compensate for a bad defense by outscoring anyone on offense—I’m not 100% sure Seattle has run the cost-benefit analysis in its entirety. Brown, historically, has shown he can sink a season just as quickly as he can make one.
Bryant hasn’t played in an NFL game since November 2017.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Ravens plan to sign veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant to their practice squad if his workout with the team “goes well” and he passes a physical.
The 31-year-old Bryant previously worked out with the club in August but reportedly left the tryout without a contract. He has not played in an NFL game since November 2017.
The three-time Pro Bowler signed a one-year deal with the Saints in November 2018 but tore his Achilles in his first practice with his new team. His signing came after a long free agency following his April 2018 release from the Cowboys, and he remained unsigned at the start of the 2018 season.
Bryant is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in touchdown catches (73) and sits fifth in receiving yards (7,459).
Check out the latest news and rumors around the NFL:
- Vikings DE Danielle Hunter will have surgery to “clean up a herniated disk” and miss the rest of the 2020 season. (Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, NFL Network)
- Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor has been medically cleared to return after missing one month with a punctured lung. Rookie QB Justin Herbert will remain the starter, but Taylor could potentially return as the backup in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)
- The Jets “probably” couldn’t turn down a second-round pick for DE Quinnen Williams but haven’t had an offer. (Connor Hughes, The Athletic)
- The Ravens have acquired DE Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Vikings. (Albert Breer, MMQB) Minnesota will receive a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick for Ngakoue. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)
- The Raiders are still without their five starting offensive linemen and safety Johnathan Abram, who are in COVID-19 contact tracing protocol following RT Trent Brown’s positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday. The players’ status for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers is unknown. (Vincent Bonsignore, Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Everton manager says that the criticism for the tackle that injured the Liverpool defender has been over the top.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti came to the defense of Jordan Pickford on Thursday after criticism of the goalkeeper for his role in the serious injury sustained by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk, one of Liverpool’s most important players, is expected to be out for months after damaging cruciate ligaments in his right knee in a challenge by Pickford early in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has described Pickford’s challenge as stupid and said the goalkeeper “didn’t care what happened” when he went to tackle Van Dijk.
Asked about the incident, Ancelotti said Pickford was “really sad, really disappointed” that Van Dijk was injured.
“I think it was mistimed contact. The fact the league is so fast, it’s not so difficult to arrive a little bit later,” Ancelotti said. “It can happen. He arrived a little bit later but his intention was to try to catch the ball. It was not to hurt Virgil van Dijk.”
Ancelotti said the criticism toward Pickford had been “too much.”
“To say it was premeditated and it was stupid is not fair,” he said.