BOSTON -- Ersan Ilyasova didn't mean to injure Jeff Green.
The two got tangled up fighting for a rebound with less than 30 seconds to go in overtime during the Milwaukee Bucks win over the Boston Celtics and Ilyasova elbowed Green in the face in the battle for the ball. Green staggered to the ground before leaving the game with a bruised left cheek and chipped teeth.
"I tipped the ball and I tried to get it," Ilyasova told CSNNE.com. "I felt I hit him with my elbow when I was just jumping down, his face was kind of looking up."
As Green received medical attention on the parquet, Ilyasova walked over to him and expressed his apologies.
"I told him I'm sorry," said Ilyasova. "I don't know if he heard me or not."
Ilyasova is no stranger to in-game injuries himself.
"My nose has been broken like six times," he said.
Green is listed as day-to-day.
After being cut from the Detriot Lions last week, Stevan Ridely has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
The running back played for the Patriots for four seasons (2011-2014), averaging 4.3 yards per carry while scoring 22 touchdowns in 52 games. He only played in six game in his final year with New England as a result of a torn ACL and MCL.
Ridley played for the AFC-East rival New York Jets in 2015 with a limited role in the nine games he played.
Dustin Pedroia will miss Sunday night's game against Kansas City to attend to a family matter, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.
Drellich also reports that Pedroia may miss Monday's game against Tampa Bay, too.
This of course comes after Pedroia went 11-for-11 over a three-game stretch, and saw the streak end in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-3 win over the Royals.
Pedroia is batting .398 (37-for-93) through 24 games in August, with a .430 on-base percentage. Boston's second baseman is one of -- if not the -- team's hottest hitter this month, hitting .458 (33-for-72) since moving to the leadoff role.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.
*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.
*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.
*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.
*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.
*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.
*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.
*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.
*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.