Schwarber not cleared to play in field

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CHICAGO (AP) Cubs star Kyle Schwarber won't be in the starting lineup for the three World Series games this weekend after he was denied medical clearance to play the outfield following his return from knee surgery.

Schwarber tore a pair of knee ligaments on April 7 and returned in Tuesday's Series opener. He was 3 for 7 with a double, two RBIs and two walks as the designated hitter in the first two games at Cleveland, but with the shift to Wrigley Field, there will be no DH.

Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says it's too soon after the injury for Schwarber's knee to be fully tested, especially with quick moves required to play the outfield. He says: "There was too much risk."

Broncos RB Anderson to have knee surgery

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday and that the extent of the damage will determine how long he's out.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't addressed specifics of Anderson's knee injury while awaiting medical reports. (MORE)

Redskins' Norman, Reed to fly to London

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and tight end Jordan Reed have been cleared to fly with the team to London for its game against the Cincinnati Bengals after dealing with concussions.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says Thursday it's still not been determined whether either Norman or Reed - two of Washington's most vital players - will be able to play on Sunday. (MORE)

Vikings WR Patterson has concussion

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson has a concussion after his best game of the season.

Patterson was held out of practice Thursday. He took some hard hits in the team's loss last week at Philadelphia, where he caught all seven passes thrown to him for 67 yards and a touchdown. Patterson, used sparingly the past two years, has scored in two straight games while becoming more of an integral part of the offense. (MORE)

Raiders' Smith applies for reinstatement

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith has applied to the NFL to be reinstated from his one-year suspension.

A person with knowledge of the application told The Associated Press that Smith has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to be allowed back on the field once his ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy ends on Nov. 17. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the league hasn't made the application public. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the move. (MORE)

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