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Garrett Richards will attempt to rehab elbow injury, avoid Tommy John surgery

The rehab process is not quick. Richards will indeed be shut down for six weeks, then he’ll begin a throwing program and get himself back into game shape. If he does return to the mound this season, it won’t be until the second half in all likelihood. The Angels should know fairly quickly whether the rehab is working.

Richards, 27, went 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA (163 ERA+) in six starts and 34 2/3 innings this season before hurting his elbow. He missed the end of the 2014 season with a freak knee injury suffered while covering first base.

Angels lefty Andrew Heaney is also attempting to rehab a partial elbow ligament tear.

The Carolina Panthers released Brandon Boykin on Monday, becoming the third team in just over 10 months to cut ties with him. Boykin signed with Carolina in late March after spending the 2015 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was expected to be the Panthers’ slot cornerback and to compete for snaps on the outside after the release of star corner Josh Norman. Instead, the Panthers sent Boykin on his way in order to create room on their roster for several players from their rookie mini-camp.

Boykin spent the first three years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he blossomed into one of the NFL’s top slot cornerbacks. From 2012 through 2014, there were only 11 corners that played at least 50 percent of their team’s snaps covering receivers in the slot. Boykin was second among those players to only Denver’s Chris Harris in passer rating allowed.

Ah, yes, Polk High, where Bundy was All-City, once scoring four touchdowns in the ’66 Chicago City Championship game.

O’Neill recounted the experience earlier this year during an appearance on the “Rich Eisein Show.”

When the Bills called to tell Cardale Jones they were going to draft him in the fourth round, the former Ohio State quarterback thought it was a prank call. But it didn’t take long for doubt to give way to familiarity because by Friday, Jones, who is known to be outspoken, was talking about Bills coach Rex Ryan — also known to speak his mind — like they were family.

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