Former Kings G Isaiah Thomas on Kings C DeMarcus Cousins: "I think if he ran the floor a little more, he would make the game a lot easier for him."
A parting shot or something meant as a compliment? You be the judge. Hard to say what kind of effect this statement has because it comes down to what Cousins thinks and whether or not it's even a true statement. If it is true and Cousins disagrees, then it's just a war of words. If it's true and he takes it as constructive criticism, then it helps. If it's not true and Cousins dismisses the statement then we're right back here at square one. And if it's not true and Cousins still listens to him, then it makes him a worse player. Thanks for your help Isaiah. Much appreciated.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Lions cut defensive end Phillip Hunt.
Hunt has served as a back-up linebacker and defensive lineman and appeared in two games, recording seven tackles (one solo) and one sack. The Lions apparently have other roster needs and Hunt is the casualty here. He'll seek employment elsewhere now or could end up on the Lions practice squad. Analysis: Howard Bender
Orioles pitching prospect Branden Kline had Tommy John surgery on his elbow.
The 24-year old, undrafted right-hander first began to feel discomfort in his elbow back in May while pitching for Double-A Bowie. The team wanted to try and avoid surgery so he received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help with the inflammation and, hopefully, the soreness and from there, just rest and rehab. Those efforts have finally been deemed a failure and Kline will finally have the surgery. He is expected to now miss the entire 2016 season. Analysis: Howard Bender
Marqise Lee (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 5.
Lee failed to practice all week again, so the Jags will at least try to work him back in next week. Until he can start putting in the practice time necessary, you can avoid him. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns remain the top two options for Blake Bortles so even when Lee does finally return, it's difficult to see him poaching too many targets. Analysis: Howard Bender