Chara, Campbell out against the Kings


Chara, Campbell out against the Kings

The Bruins are officially getting slapped with the midseason injury bug, and the win over Columbus last weekend seems to have come at a cost.

Zdeno Chara (lower bodyknee) and Gregory Campbell (fractured foot) have both been ruled out for tonights game against the Los Angeles Kings after suffering some bumps, bruises and strains over the weekend. Young D-man Steve Kampfer will step into the lineup as the sixth defenseman for the Bruins, but Chara will accompany the team on their upcoming two-game road trip through Ottawa and Philadelphia.

Thats big shoes to fill if youre asking a spare guy to come in and replace him, said Claude Julien of Kampfer. Its a group thing to come in and do the job. Weve got some guys that have big minutes like Seidenberg, who has done a good job. I think Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk can do it too. I think there are a lot of guys I can lean on for some big minutes to fill Zees spot.

Campbell has been diagnosed with a fracture in his foot after blocking a shot while killing a penalty against the Blue Jackets, and has had his foot placed in a walking boot over the last couple of days. The fourth line center is officially out for both the back-to-back games against the Kings and Senators, and then will be reevaluated on Thursday. Julien said he wasnt sure whether Campbell would accompany the team at the beginning of the road trip, or remain back in Boston to get treatment and potentially meet the team on the road.

Hes still dealing with that foot injury. There was a fracture in the foot. So not tonight and probably not tomorrow, but from there on in hell be day-to-day, said Julien. Campbell is still a question mark as to whether hell be traveling with us to Ottawa or not.

Zach Hamill was at morning skate as an emergency call-up and looked like hell be centering Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron while Daniel Paille also took part in fourth line rushes while awaiting the results of his neuro-psych test. If Paille plays, it will likely be in place of Caron on the left wing.

Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air a and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he allowed Brown to catch five of nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his jway from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up nine catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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