A person with direct knowledge of the plan for the four-team playoff in 2014 told The Associated Press that either a Pac-12 or a Big 12 team likely will be the opponent for the top-rated champion from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American conferences.
Zuerlein, a sixth-round pick out of Division II Missouri Western, has been on the money all three games. He's been effective on kickoffs, too, with special teams limiting opponents to a 17.4-yard average return
Brockers was limited in practice Wednesday, but both the player and coach Jeff Fisher are optimistic about making his NFL debut Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Last season, it was the quality of Chiefs players who were hurt: Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry, All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles, Cassel and tight end Tony Moeaki. This year, it's been sheer quantity.
St. Louis won its fourth straight and moved 4½ games ahead of Milwaukee in the race for the second NL wild card with a 4-0 victory Tuesday night over Houston. The Brewers lost in Cincinnati 4-2.
Anibal Sanchez threw his first shutout in over a year, and the Detroit Tigers moved into a tie for first in the AL Central with a 2-0 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.
St. Louis strengthened its grip on a playoff spot with a 6-1 win over the Astros on Monday night in Houston.
The Kansas City Chiefs will try to build on the momentum generated by a 27-24 overtime victory Sunday over the New Orleans Saints.
The Detroit Tigers steadied themselves with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. Detroit entered one game behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the American League Central after being swept in a doubleheader by Minnesota on Sunday.
Pitcher Danny Duffy, former first baseman Willie Aikens, former outfielder Brian McRae and more than 30 front offices associates are in Joplin.
Sunday's 23-6 loss at Chicago was an uncomfortable flashback to 2011, when the Rams were at the bottom of the NFL with a 12-point scoring average.
Minus All-Stars Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran from the starting lineup, the Cardinals stayed 2½ games ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot.
Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Saints.
Major Wright returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, and Chicago beat the St. Louis Rams 23-6 on Sunday.
Carlos Santana added his team-leading 18th homer, a three-run drive, during a seven-run ninth.
Billy Butler became the first Royals player to drive in at least 100 runs since Carlos Beltran had 100 RBIs in 2003.
Carlos Beltran hit a tying solo home run in the ninth and Jon Jay doubled in the winning run an inning later as the Cardinals bolstered their bid for another playoff appearance with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
The pitcher returned to the mound for the first time since winning Game 7 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers.
Danny Amendola tied an NFL record with 12 first-half receptions in Week 2. The St. Louis Rams' wide receiver might get some extra attention this week at Chicago.
Carpenter will make his first start of the season Friday against the Cubs. He's returning less than two months after undergoing surgery to relieve a nerve ailment.