Michael has improved this preseason from where he was a year ago, but he still is behind Robert Turbin as the backup to Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Times reports. "What's really cool about Christine is from where he started and where he's at is a country mile," offensive line coach Tom Cable said. "And yet there's another country mile to go."
Ekblad (concussion) has been working out and there are conflicting reports on his symptoms. Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun says his symptom are "almost completely gone," but TSN.ca says "the concussion is perfectly, completely gone."
The Ontario County (N.Y.) Police Department is in the final stages of its investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr., but there is no timetable yet for its completion, a department spokesperson told foxsports.com Monday morning.
Balotelli, who officially joined Liverpool on Monday from AC Milan, could be part of the squad to face Tottenham on Sunday. "He's been into pre-season and he's played three 45-minute games," manager Brendan Rodgers said Wednesday. "He might not be up to full match speed, but he's looking fit."