SFGATE: Raiders receiver Cooper re-injures ankle in loss to Chiefs

Raiders receiver Cooper re-injures ankle in loss to Chiefs
Published on December 11, 2017 at 05:32AM by By Matt Kawahara

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Receiver Amari Cooper’s return to the field lasted less than a full half. Cooper reinjured his left ankle on a play in the second quarter of the Raiders’ 26-15 loss to the Chiefs, head coach Jack Del Rio said. Cooper first injured the ankle Nov. 26 against the Broncos and was attempting to play Sunday after sitting out last weekend’s game against the Giants. With 7:09 left in the first half, running back DeAndre Washington took a pitch to the left behind Cooper and was tackled into the back of Cooper’s leg. The receiver was attended by trainers on the field before gingerly walking off on his own power. He did not return to the game.

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SFGATE: Simone Biles appears as guest Texans cheerleader

Simone Biles appears as guest Texans cheerleader
Published on December 11, 2017 at 01:22AM by Matt Young

When Simone Biles was a guest of the Houston Texans at a game two years ago, she took a picture with the Texans’ cheerleading squad and tweeted: “In my next life I’ll be an NFL cheerleader.” She didn’t have to wait nearly that long.

SFGATE: 3 49ers players kneel during national anthem

3 49ers players kneel during national anthem
Published on December 11, 2017 at 12:11AM by Matt Young

San Francisco 49ers players Eric Reid, Marquise Goodwin and Eli Harold took a knee during the national anthem before their game against the Houston Texans on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

SFGATE: Garoppolo leads 49ers to 26-16 win over Texans

Garoppolo leads 49ers to 26-16 win over Texans
Published on December 11, 2017 at 02:52AM by By Eric Branch
HOUSTON – The sad-sack 49ers suddenly can’t lose.
What a difference a quarterback makes.
In Jimmy Garoppolo’s second start with the team, the 49ers beat the Texans, 26-16, at NRG Stadium to improve to 3-10 and give them their first in-season winning streak since November 2014.
Garoppolo overcame a shaky start, which included an interception on his second drive, to complete 20 of 33 passes for 334 yards with a touchdown. He became the third 49ers quarterback to win his first two road starts since 1970, and the fourth active QB to win his first four career starts.

SFGATE: Texans QB allowed to play after 49ers hit that left hands twitching

Texans QB allowed to play after 49ers hit that left hands twitching
Published on December 11, 2017 at 02:51AM by Associated Press

Savage was injured when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil with about nine minutes left in the second quarter.

SFGATE: Raiders lose to Chiefs, fall out of first-place tie

Raiders lose to Chiefs, fall out of first-place tie
Published on December 11, 2017 at 02:44AM by By Matt Kawahara
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In their most important game of the season, the Raiders turned in arguably their worst performance.
Sunday was supposed to be a showdown of teams tied for first place in the AFC West. But while two late touchdowns narrowed the final margin, the Raiders for most of a 26-15 loss looked like they belonged nowhere near the Chiefs’ level, and certainly not in the AFC playoff picture.
Against the league’s 30th-ranked defense, the Raiders were shut out until Marshawn Lynch’s 22-yard touchdown run with 8:51 left in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders did not score until 11:43 left in the fourth in a 33-8 loss to the defending champion Patriots in Mexico City.