Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Packers grab Chiefs' Davis

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs traded backup running back Knile Davis to the Packers, who desperately need to add depth to their injury-riddled backfield, on Tuesday.

The Packers gave up a conditional draft pick for Davis, who has already started practicing with his new team.

The Packers need help at running back with Eddie Lacy nursing a bothersome ankle and James Starks having knee surgery. Lacy was their only active running back against Dallas on Sunday, when he rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries in a 30-16 loss.

Starks will be out a couple of weeks. Lacy will be held out of practice today because the ankle was "very sore," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Green Bay will have to get Davis up to speed on the playbook quickly if he's going to be ready when the Bears visit Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

"It's obviously a big challenge when you're on a short week, but he's definitely a talented young player," McCarthy said. "So just looking forward to getting him into the mix and get going."

Top cornerback Sam Shields, out since the opener with a concussion, was placed on injured reserve to make room for Davis.

Manning, OBJ okay

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For those who thought Eli Manning was getting a little tired of the weekly antics of Odell Beckham Jr. — guess again.

The Giants veteran quarterback said everything is just fine between him and the 23-year-old receiver who had a career day Sunday, catching eight passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-23 win over the Ravens.

In a radio interview Monday, Manning gave an answer that seemed to indicate he was tired of Beckham's antics after the wideout was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taking off his helmet following a winning 66-yard catch and run. The extra 15 yards gave Baltimore better field position for its final drive, which reached the Giants 24-yard line.

Manning said the tired remark referred to the media being tired of writing every week about Beckham's emotions, rants, tiffs and interactions with the kicking net on the Giants sideline after big plays.

"I'm fine with it," said Manning, who threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns in the win. "… Odell and I have a great relationship. We talk about a lot of things."

Colts: They signed tight end Chase Coffman two days after losing starting tight end Dwayne Allen to an injured right ankle.

Falcons: Defensive end Derrick Shelby went on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon, ending his season.

Jets: Receiver Eric Decker, already on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, had surgery on his hip. The team said the anticipated recovery time is six months. When he gets off crutches he will then have surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, with recovery time for that expected to be eight months.

Steelers: As expected, coach Mike Tomlin officially ruled out Ben Roethlisberger for Sunday's game against the Patriots a day after the quarterback had arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his knee.

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