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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Theismann blasts 49ers for giving Colin Kaepernick courage award; Duke’s Grayson Allen returns from ‘indefinite suspension’ 01.05.17 at 9:05 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Edmonton at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Houston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Davidson at George Washington, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UConn at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson at Wagner, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at San Francisco, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah at Arizona, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Tennessee-Martin at Belmont, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Richmond at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— NFL legend Joe Theismann criticized the 49ers on Tuesday for giving Colin Kaepernick the team’s Len Eshmont Award, which is given to the player who “best exemplified the inspirational and courageous play” of Eshmont. The recipient of the award is decided on by the players and was given to Kaepernick last week.

“You’re a 2-14 football team. He’s won one football game. What has he inspired?” Theismann said on Fox News’ Outnumbered.

Kaepernick started 11 of the 49ers 12 games this season. He threw for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also notably kneeled during the national anthem before the games this season, sparking national debate.

Theismann also had an issue with Roger Goodell’s handling of the Kaepernick kneeling situation.

“I don’t agree with what he’s done,” Theismann said. “As a matter of fact, the American flag … stands for the right to be able to do the things you want to do, to be able to stand up and have a difference of opinion. I agree with that part of it, but not when you’re on the job. Everybody has the right to express their opinion, but not in the workplace.”

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Joe Theismann: Peyton Manning to Redskins a ‘horrific idea’ 02.08.12 at 6:35 pm ET
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With a career that spanned 11 years in the nation’s capital and featured two Pro Bowl selections, an NFL MVP award and a Super Bowl title, Joe Theismann made a name for himself as a legend in the history of the Redskins franchise. Now with the Redskins widely-rumored as a potential landing spot for one of the NFL’s great quarterbacks in Peyton Manning, Theismann isn’t too thrilled with the potential pairing.

On a Washington, D.C., radio show last week, Theismann made his disapproval of a potential move public.

‘€œIt’€™s not a good idea, it’€™s not a bad idea ‘€” it’€™s a horrific idea,’€ Theismann said. ‘€œIt would be one of the poorest things that we could do as a franchise. Are we gonna go find another guy for just a couple of years again? Haven’€™t we done this before? Haven’€™t we seen this act before? And by the way, if you get Peyton Manning, don’€™t you have a concern about protecting him? Don’€™t you have a concern about who he throws the football to?…

‘€œWe’€™re tired of looking for stop gaps,’€ he continued. ‘€œIt’€™s time to draft one of your own, or make a deal for a young one of your own, and nurture him, and then put the players around him. If we’€™re gonna be 5-11, if we’€™re gonna be 6-10, let’€™s do it with somebody who’€™s [learning as he goes], instead of guys that have been here, making mistakes.’€

Manning is expected to be released by the Colts after a 13-year career playing in Indianapolis. The Redskins are among several teams that have been widely-speculated as possible destinations for the four-time league MVP, along with the Cardinals, Dolphins and Jets, among others.

The Redskins, in their second season under coach Mike Shanahan, finished 5-11 while splitting starts between quarterbacks Rex Grossman and John Beck.

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LEEInks list: Horrifying sports injuries 08.18.10 at 6:21 am ET
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No matter how much you might despise the Manning brothers and take pleasure in their pain, no one likes to look at blood spewing from a human skull ‘€” even if it is Eli Manning‘€™s head.

Or do you?

Can you keep your dinner down after witnessing knees shatter and pupils pop out? Are you the type to be fascinated or horrified by throats slit by hockey skates and faces crushed by line drives?

You be the judge, but proceed with caution. Here are 10 of the most grisly sports injuries ever.

The bloody, three-inch gash Manning received Monday during the Giants‘ preseason opener against the Jets is nothing compared to some of the sickening sports injuries athletes have endured on the field of battle. Eli’€™s 12 stitches really are child’€™s play, when placed up against the 250 sutures Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming got after Red Wings forward Gerard Gallant accidentally stepped on his face with a skate in 1986.

And that’€™s only the first item on this list.

10. Borje Salming stepped on by a skate

On Nov. 26, 1986, in a game against the Red Wings, Salming was knocked to the ice in the middle of a scramble and got the brunt of a misstep by Gallant. In the scuffle, Gallant was pushed back and accidentally stepped on Salming’€™s face with his skate. It took 250 stitches and facial surgery to close the gap running from the Swedish skater’€™s forehead to his chin. Though it was only one of many injuries Salming would suffer over his 18-year career with the NHL, it is by far is most remembered ‘€” and most haunting.

See The Toronto Star’€™s photo of the 250 stitches that just miss Salming’€™s eye here.

9. Oupa Ngulube’€™s leg stomp

During a South African soccer game between the Mpumalanga Black Aces FC and the Carara Kicks, what started out as a regular 50-50 race to the ball down the sideline of the pitch transformed quickly into one of the most disturbing images of the human shin in sports. Felix Muamba-Musasa of the Black Aces went to step into the ball and got Ngulube’€™s leg instead, severing it in two places. Muamba-Musasa did issue an apology to his Kicks opponent, although it included him saying, ‘€œPeople should understand that soccer is a contact sport. At the end of the day, such accidents happen in the field of play.”

8. Bryce Florie clobbered by line drive

On Sept. 8, 2000, the Red Sox righty was the brutal victim of a line drive off the bat of the Yankees‘€™ Ryan Thompson at Fenway Park. The image of Florie crumbling to the ground and flailing his legs in pain speaks for itself. The baseball smashing into Florie’€™s face caused multiple broken bones ‘€” a broken cheek bone and broken orbital socket ‘€” plus severe eye damage. He was able to recover and return to the mound in 2001, but he only pitched in seven games before being released by the Sox midseason.

Speed up to see the line drive’€™s impact at 0:59.

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