Football became an afterthought this week following the apparent suicide of Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley.
The 23-year-old took his own life Monday about a month after undergoing knee surgery that shelved him for the 2010 season. Details continue to emerge about the second-year playerâ€™s tragic death and hints that the former South Carolina standout might have been suffering from depression.
McKinley is the third Broncos player to die tragically over the last four years and another sobering example of depressionâ€™s influence on sports. SI.comâ€™s Jon Wertheim examines the growing trend and what exactly causes this level of anxiety amongst the athletes we idolize.
Here is whatâ€™s going on in the sporting world today (all times Eastern):
Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (7:05 p.m., SPSO, CSN and MLBN)
The race for first place might be over, but these NL East foes still have something to play for. The Braves own a one-game lead in the wild card and hope to increase their advantage against the Phils in the second of a three-game series.
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10 p.m., ESPN)
After sitting atop the NL West all summer, the Padres now trail the Giants by one game in the division. Can they gain any ground against Joe Torreâ€™s Dodgers?
BY THE NUMBERS
6,860,000 â€“ Dollars the University of Colorado will pay the Big 12 in exchange for moving to the Pac-10 in 2011 instead of 2012. Nebraska, which joins the Big Ten on July 1, will fork over the maximum $9.25 million to the Big 12.
6 â€“ Weeks New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush will miss after breaking his leg against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.
.16 â€“ Blood alcohol level of Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards at the time of his DWI arrest Tuesday morning. Despite the drunken-driving charge, Edwards will play (but not start) on Sunday, according to Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum.