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Three days. That’s how long the draft is now. Only round 1 is tonight. Only rounds two and three are tomorrow. The rest is Saturday.

I’d love to see the Jets get a nose tackle or a pass rusher. I also feel they may trade out of the first round if they don’t like what they see.

I have no clue on what to expect — like the whole NFL offseason. I hope it’s defense, but you never know with Rex and Mr. T.

We’ll just have to wait and see — 8pm ET tonight.

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This week on the PGA Tour we head south for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Always a fun event in a great place and this week they have a fantastic field. Will this be where Rickie Fowler gets his first PGA Tour win? We will have to wait and see.

TV Coverage is Thursday-Friday, 3-6pm ET on Golf Channel and Saturday-Sunday, 3-6pm ET on CBS.

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Here’s my picks for this week:

A: Nick Watney (Backup: Graeme McDowell)
B: Rickie Fowler (Backup: Spencer Levin)
B: Webb Simpson (Backup: Josh Teater)
C: Chris Couch (Backup: Jason Dufner)

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UPDATE:

1) Upon further review, it was the RIGHT Achilles Tiger kept injuring in 2009. This is the LEFT one that is hurt now.

2) Doug Ferguson of the AP spoke to Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg and according to Steinberg there’s a “reasonable chance” Tiger will play The Players, three weeks from Thursday.

ORIGINAL POST:

Tiger Woods grimaced after hitting his second shot to the 18th hole on Sunday at The Masters. I said to my parents at least twice in that moment: Tiger’s hurt. This is not emotional pain — Tiger is physically hurt.

Today Tiger announced on his website that yes, he is indeed hurt, and will miss next week’s Wells Fargo Championship:

Tiger Woods announced Tuesday that he will miss the Wells Fargo Championship because of a minor injury.

Woods suffered a Grade 1 mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon while hitting a difficult and awkward second shot from the pine straw under the Eisenhower tree left of the fairway at No. 17 during the third round of the Masters. Woods was able to continue playing at Augusta and then later decided to seek a medical evaluation.

Doctors have advised rest and cold-water therapy, and soft tissue treatment will also occur later this week. There is no definitive time frame for healing, but Woods hopes to be back in a few weeks.

“I personally contacted tournament officials and expressed my regret in not being able to play,” Woods said. “This is an outstanding event, but I must follow doctors’ orders to get better.”

Tiger’s next scheduled event would be The Players Championship, which is the week after Wells Fargo. That appears to possibly be in doubt.

Remember, Tiger played much of 2009 with an Achilles he kept tearing and re-tearing as the year went on.

Long term, I have no idea what this means for Tiger but swing changes or no swing chances, Tiger’s greatest hindrance to getting to 19 majors could very well be his health.

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Golf World is reporting that Royal Bank of Canada, which coincidentally had two of the players that it sponsors — Jim Furyk and Luke Donald — contending on Sunday, will sign a four-year sponsorship deal to save The Heritage. The Heritage is a beloved PGA Tour event usually played the week after The Masters which was at risk for being yanked off the map.

I hope this is true and that is no longer the case.

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Golf World Monday provided more details on the PGA Tour’s proposed plan to revamp the end of the season and make the Nationwide Tour the only place to attain PGA Tour cards. Here’s the details, as laid out nicely by my friend Ryan Ballengee from NBCSports.com:

  • 3 tournaments to replace the Fall Series
  • Fields consist of top 50 on Nationwide Tour money list (or so) and Nos. 126-200 (or so) on the PGA Tour money list
  • A points system modeled after the FedExCup will determine who wins some 50 cards (or so)
  • Q-school will now only offer cards for the Nationwide Tour in the next season

Dave Shedloski adds that none of this would happen until 2013, when a new umbrella sponsor will take over for Nationwide.

All in all I’m OK with this plan except for two main issues:

1) One of the complaints of rank-and-file PGA Tour members is not having enough playing opportunities. If this REPLACES the Fall Series, I hope the PGA Tour still gives these guys ample playing attempts during the season.

2) I do agree with the Tour that most times going through the Nationwide Tour is the best way to get you ready for the PGA Tour. But there are cases — Rickie Fowler is a great recent one — where going straight from college to the pros IS the right move, and if this is enacted, it might keep a possible star like him away from the PGA Tour for a year, at a time when the Tour will gladly take all the stars it can get.

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(This post originally appeared on NJNR Pressbox.)

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Monmouth University’s football team will have a young look on defense this year. That means many positions are up for grab on the defensive line, linebacker, and cornerback spots.

But one thing will not change for 2011: senior safety Jose Gumbs. The all-NEC defensive star who led the team in tackling in 2010 has been a constant on an ever-changing Monmouth team. This spring he has taken on another role: teacher.

“It’s more on the field [teaching], because in the classroom everyone understands it,” Gumbs said recently at spring practice. “But when it comes to the field it’s like ‘oh snap, I forgot what we gotta do exactly.’ But most of the time I guess it’s more about communication – I try to be the vocal leader and line everyone up and get everyone on the same page.”

For head coach Kevin Callahan, Gumbs’ expertise is invaluable.

[Click here for the rest of the story.]

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