49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has been fickle about Hyde’s usage and whether he’s a good fit in the rushing attack.

At the same time, Shanahan and the team’s free-agency courting of Pryor indicates he’s still a good fit for another part of the offense.

He has spent most summers there since, skating in an annual charity game with local firefighters, many of whom Engelland would bring coffee and groceries to their union hall downtown. He and Melissa built a house on a half-acre, enrolled their oldest son in preschool, entrenched themselves among the 2 million-plus locals who call Las Vegas home. “It’s a big city,” he says, “but a very small community. If you don’t know someone, your best friend knows that person.”

When Phil Kessel got over the initial shock of being diagnosed with cancer and had surgery, he asked doctors, ”When can I play?”

When Jason Blake was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, he had the choice of taking a chemotherapy pill or having a bone marrow transplant that would cause him to miss a full season. He chose the pill and got back on the ice.

After his cancer diagnosis last month, New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle quickly turned his attention to playing hockey again. He will join a group of NHL players who played with cancer or after beating the disease, including Kessel, Blake, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.

For example, Sabonis is currently 12th in the league with 18.2 rebounding chances per game. Keep an eye on his rate once Turner returns to gauge his real value. Meanwhile, the Knicks’ Enes Kanter is feasting on 20.7 such opportunities per game, fifth in the league and a measure of his promise as a top-60 prospect for the remainder of the season.canadiens_1405_2abb29f5736eb652-180x180

Lawrence Timmons reportedly visited Steelers during Week 1 bye

After the Miami Dolphins’ Week 1 game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, linebacker Lawrence Timmons made an unannounced visit to a Steelers practice and told some of his former teammates that he wanted to return to Pittsburgh, CBSSports.com reported Sunday.

According to the report, Timmons told some with the Steelers, including coach Mike Tomlin, that he wanted to visit, but most of the team’s personnel were unaware. The visit reportedly took place on Friday, Sept. 8.

The now six-game punishment, though, has a net effect of nil for the Ravens this season, since Dixon is out for the year after having knee surgery in July.

For Dixon, though, it’s obviously not good news. Per ESPN, he’ll lose $190,588 for the six games, and the Sun writes his most recent transgression “calls Dixon’s reliability into further question,” what with a history of hamstring, knee and drug issues.

In his rookie season last year, the fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech carried the ball 88 times for 382 yards and two touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 162 yards and a TD. But, as NFL observers know, running backs are often expendable and interchangeable in this league.

I’m due for an explosion play. It hasn’t happened yet, he said assuredly after last week’s game. The good news that he’s having fun.

Le’Veon Bell said he had more fun this week than last. Smiles and explains, You have more fun when you get the ball a lot.

Panic index: Patience. The early numbers are concerning, but there’s no reason to freak out just yet. Bell’s getting the touches and the looks you expect, so the numbers should come eventually. At the very least, give it another couple weeks before hitting the panic button.

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