Larson shook off a four-race DNF streak, and thrust himself into the picture to possibly win in the season finale. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet was trying his best to upstage the championship contenders and win this 400-mile race at HMS. Larson led 145 laps and set the pace most of the afternoon, but pit strategy late in the event would not play in his favor. He would hustle back to the front over the closing laps and salvage third-place for the day. It was Larson's career-best 15th Top-5 finish of the season and he ends the 2017 campaign eighth overall in the final driver standings.
Fellow running back Chris Thompson broke his fibula in this one, joining Rob Kelley (ankle/knee) on the list of sidelined Washington running backs. Those two injuries should leave Perine with all the touches he can handle moving forward, especially since he took advantage of an expanded role in this one with career-highs in carries and rushing yards to go with his first career rushing touchdown. The rookie fourth-rounder out of Oklahoma may yet live up to the preseason hype that surrounded him.
The No. 18 Toyota was the only car with the speed at the end to challenge Martin Truex Jr. for the win and championship. Busch led 43 laps, mainly in the second half of the event. He would try to track down Truex over the final green-flag laps, but would come up just short. He would finish second to Truex by just a couple car lengths. It was Busch's 14th Top-5 finish of the season, and he finishes second in the final driver standings as a result.
Richardson had put up 15 points in 30 minutes before exiting Sunday's contest, and due to the blowout nature, there was no chance the guard was going to return whether he was healthy enough or not. With two days off before the next game, Richardson should have plenty of time to recover and be able to return for Wednesday's matchup with the Celtics.
After playing just one snap in the first game during Ezekiel Elliott's six-week suspension, McFadden finds himself relegated to the inactive list where he's resided for most of the season. The Cowboys would turn to fullback Keith Smith as an emergency backup tailback if Alfred Morris or Rod Smith were to suffer an injury.
Even though Malcolm Subban is finally healthy from his lower-body injury, head coach Gerard Gallant wants to give Subban more practices and will roll with the hot hand of Lagace, who stopped 19 of 21 shots Thursday against Vancouver. Still Los Angeles is fresh off a four goal performance Saturday, and Lagace will need to bring his best effort to appease the home crowd.
Cousins exited briefly in the third quarter after taking a hit to the head on the same play that saw running back Chris Thompson break his fibula, but the quarterback was able to return unlike his backfield mate. While Cousins will surely miss a receiving back that's provided over 500 yards and four touchdowns through the air, he still has the weapons to succeed in Washington's pass-heavy offense. Cousins has made owners happy of late with over 320 passing yards in consecutive games, giving him five outings with over 300 yards this season.
With Jay Ajayi fully implemented into the offense, the Eagles don't have a need for five running backs on the active roster Sunday. In Smallwood's stead, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement and Kenjon Barner will handle any reps left overs by Ajayi.
Prior to wrapping up the week with a full practice, Jeffery told Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia on Thursday that he'd "most definitely" suit up this weekend. Indeed, Jeffery is available against a Cowboys defense that has conceded 8.7 YPT and 11 touchdowns to wide receivers across nine games on the season.
The 25-year-old was originally recalled on an emergency basis for the Bruins' three game road trip in California, and after not appearing in any of the contests Agostino will return to the minors. The New Jersey native saw substantial AHL success last season notching 93 points in 75 games including the playoffs, but has only recorded one assist in five games in the NHL this season.
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