Bridgewater was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. from wangzonghui's blog

CHICAGO -- Like many people around the NBA, New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony couldnt believe that Dwyane Wade actually decided to leave the Miami Heat and sign with the Chicago Bulls. Kyle Emanuel Jersey .I was shocked, Anthony said before Thursdays Team USA practice at the United Center. I was shocked more from a standpoint it was just hard to see. Its hard to see some players in different uniforms and hes one of those guys who I never thought I would see in a different uniform other than Miami. But it happened, and I got a chance to talk to him and sit down with him and really dig deep about his feelings and what happened. Hes at peace now. And when hes at peace, Im at peace with it.Wade surprised many in the league by spurning the Heat to sign a two-year deal with the Bulls earlier this month. Anthony, who was wooed by the Bulls two summers ago but ultimately decided to re-sign with the Knicks, acknowledged that the free-agency process can be mentally taxing for players.I dont think the masses really understand how difficult those decisions are, Anthony said. And what goes into those decisions. And as athletes whats going through our mind during those decisions. A lot of people think we can just wake up and we can just make those decisions -- its not that easy.Anthonys comments come just a few weeks after two of the most successful Bulls in recent memory, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, landed in New York. Rose was dealt to the Knicks last month. Noah signed as a free agent.We love them, Anthony said. We love those additions. And were looking forward to getting the season going. And I think everybody is excited, the excitement is back. Right now theres an adjustment on paper, but of course we have some work to do putting it all together, making it work. But were going to ride the wave of this excitement right now.As for a rekindling of a rivalry between the Bulls and Knicks, Anthony said he knows that its possible with all the moves both teams have made.I know you guys want that, Anthony said. I know youre living for that. But we embrace that. I think as players, as competitors, we embrace all of those challenges and rivalries, thats what makes the sport great again, so we embrace that.Anthony seemed certain that when the schedule comes out, the Bulls and Knicks would be facing off against each other either on opening night or Christmas Day as one of the leagues premiere matchups.Oh, theyre waiting for that, he said. Might be opening night -- one of the two. I guarantee you its one of the two. Michael Schofield Jersey . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. Nick Novak Jersey . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. . Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. Its been an injury-plagued season for Datsyuk, who has suited up for just 39 games. MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings, who lost starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the 2016 season with a severe left knee injury, acquired Sam Bradford in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.In return, the Eagles will receive the Vikings first-round draft pick in 2017 as well as a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018.If the Vikings reach the NFC Championship Game this season, the conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 will become a third-round pick, according to sources. If the Vikings win the Super Bowl, it will become a second-round pick.The Vikings had inquired about Bradford after Bridgewaters injury earlier this week, sources told ESPNs Adam Caplan, but the Eagles were said to be happy with Bradfords progress this preseason. Talks picked up Friday, but even by Saturday morning, Bradford believed hed be in Philadelphia for the season.My initial reaction was surprise, Bradford said. Its something I really didnt think was a possibility. It kind of caught me off guard, but I think after the surprise, I was quickly filled with excitement for a new chapter and the opportunity ahead of me.General manager Rick Spielman said Thursday night he wouldnt mortgage the Vikings future to acquire a quarterback who might be in Minnesota only for the 2016 season. On Saturday evening, though, Spielman said he believed he hadnt done that with the trade for Bradford, giving two reasons: With eight picks in the 2017 draft, including two in the third and fourth rounds, the Vikings still have the ability to move back into the first round next spring. And with Bridgewaters recovery potentially stretching near the beginning of the 2017 season, the Vikings liked that theyd have another option for 2017 in case Bridgewater wasnt ready.Mortgaging the future, to me, was asking for some of our younger players -- current Pro Bowlers or significant players on this roster, Spielman said. Thats where I said I would not mortgage the future, giving any of the young players that are currently on our roster up. I think everybody knows how we feel about Teddy, but to me, it was just too unique of an opportunity to bring in a caliber of player like Sam Bradford. Going into next year, we have two very talented quarterbacks.With Bradfords exit, first-round pick Carson Wentz is expected to be the Eagles starter if he has sufficiently recovered from his rib injury, sources told ESPN. Wentz suffered a hairline rib fracture during the teams first preseason game Aug. 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and did not play in the final three preseason games.The Eagles traded with the Cleveland Browns to move up and select Wentz at No. 2 overall in this years draft.Though the Eagles said they had planned to bring Wentz along slowly, Philadelphias executive vice president of football operations, Howie Roseman, said Wentzs preparation has accelerated the timetable.Our interaction with him and our discussions with him, hes come a long way, even since we got him in April, Roseman said.Roseman added that Eagles brass already felt Wentz would be ready to take over as the teams starter should the opportunity to trade Bradford arise.Hes worked out the last couple of days before he came back to practice and just seeing him with his receivers and his aability to verbalize the play call and, really, his comfort level in that, Roseman said. Kenny Wiggins Jersey. Despite the praise of Wentzs rapid maturation, Roseman said the Vikings interest is what ultimately led to the move.This was not our blueprint; this was not part of the plan, he said. But as we sit, we have to be flexible, and we have to be able to take advantage of opportunities that give us an opportunity to get where we want to be. Our organization has had a run of success at some point, but we are trying to get that trophy, and to do that, sometimes youve got to do things like this that arent so easy to do the week before the season starts.Chase Daniel?is likely to begin the regular season as the Eagles backup.Bradford re-signed with the Eagles in March to a two-year, $35 million deal with $22 million fully guaranteed. The Eagles paid Bradfords $11 million signing bonus, a source told Caplan, but the Vikings are responsible for the rest of his contract -- $20 million in base salaries and a $4 million March 2017 roster bonus.Bradford now will play for his sixth offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, in seven seasons. Vikings tight ends coach Pat Shurmur was Bradfords offensive coordinator with the Eagles last season and for two seasons (2009-10) with the Rams. Shurmurs input, Spielman said, played a major role in the Vikings decision to trade for Bradford. Roseman gave Vikings director of sports medicine Eric Sugarman, who worked for the Eagles from 2000 to 2005, permission to speak directly with Philadelphias medical staff, and Spielman said the Vikings felt comfortable with the health of Bradford, who has torn the ACL in his left knee twice.Bradford, the first overall selection in the 2010 draft out of Oklahoma, has thrown for 14,790 yards, 78 touchdowns and 52 interceptions in 63 career games, all of which have been starts.He will be reunited with former Sooners teammate Adrian Peterson, who was told of the trade before Saturdays Oklahoma-Houston game.Im pumped, Peterson said.The Vikings had four quarterbacks on their roster, but they waived undrafted rookies Joel Stave and Brad Sorensen, while putting second-year signal-caller Taylor Heinicke on the reserve/non-football injury list. Heinicke could be ready to practice in three weeks, league sources told ESPN, but would not be able to return for the first six weeks of the season.Journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill had taken over as the starter after Bridgewater was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Spielman would not say whether Hill or Bradford would start on Sept. 11 against the Tennessee Titans, but its believed Hill -- who has been with the Vikings for two years after his 2014 season as Bradfords teammate in St. Louis -- has the edge to start the first game because of his familiarity with the offense. Bradford said he planned to immerse himself in the Vikings playbook on Saturday evening, and if he doesnt start against the Titans, he could be ready for the Vikings Sunday night home opener the following week against the Green Bay Packers.ESPNs Adam Caplan, Adam Schefter, Dan Graziano and Jake Trotter contributed to this report. 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