first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo no but you don’t chase a record in the process.— Damnit (@DamnitZero) January 1, 2017 Everyone will say yes now, but nobody was complaining when he won us the game last week— Kevin Harris (@KHarris7) January 1, 2017 How many records was he going for…3? People would be burning BA at the stack if he held him out— Ryan Pilgrim (@RhinoStealth) January 1, 2017 agreed, that’s the game… Unfortunately IT happens Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires no, but it sucks. Hope no acl. @ProFootballDoc— Jake (@AzSportsNFL) January 1, 2017 No, he was having a record breaking year.— Cindy Snider (@azcindy64) January 1, 2017 In hindsight, trying to become the first player to record 16 games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage doesn’t seem worth the star running back injuring himself.But was playing Johnson the right call? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Ok seriously do some fans think that David Johnson should have been held out of this game?— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) January 1, 2017While Cardinals fans nervously await a diagnosis to Johnson’s injury, the debate about whether he should have been playing at all was the main storyline during Week 17.Still, when we asked readers on Twitter their thoughts, a solid majority said it was not incorrect to play Johnson in a relatively meaningless game between two teams that will miss the playoffs.Here’s a collection of what our readers on Twitter said following Johnson’s injury. I’m sick at the moment, but I was all for him getting the records— sherry (@Dbaxphan) January 1, 2017 if you go with that logic no starter should play once a team is eliminated from playoff contention.— Paul C Castaneda (@PaulCCastaneda) January 1, 2017 (AP Photo/John Froschauer) No. injuries could have happened on week 1. Unfortunate yes, but can’t control when these happen— Felipe (@SugarFreeChurro) January 1, 2017 you gain nothing by playing him— DJ Wit (@Cardsfan1121) January 1, 2017 David Johnson was chasing records. In a season that officially soured a few weeks prior, the Arizona Cardinals made it clear they were chasing individual goals for their star running back.It came with a cost.Johnson suffered a knee injury with four minutes remaining in the first quarter of the season finale. Assuming Johnson does not return to the game against the Rams, he closes the year with 1,239 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns along with 879 receiving yards and four more scores through the air. @AZSports no reason for starters to sit. Unless you have a rookies behind them that needs exp..— Antonio Esquivel (@HoneyBucketHero) January 1, 2017 @AZSports No. but I’d be cool with forfeiting every game against LA. It’d wind up a win on the personnel front, anyway.— Page Gerrick Denny (@PDenny29) January 1, 2017 Comments   Share   — Steven Ramos (@Nevetstrebor84) January 1, 2017 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A selection of health policy stories from Connecticut, Mississippi, California, Wisconsin, Florida and North Carolina.CT Mirror: Bulk Purchasing Of Medication Can Reduce State Budget Deficit, Comptroller SaysThe state’s chief fiscal watchdog is asking legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration to take a second look at how government purchases prescription medication — and a proposal he believes could save more than $65 million over the next fiscal year. Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo said purchasing of medications in bulk for social service recipients as well as for state employees and retirees is a cost-cutting move that might be implemented as early as this spring, mitigating both the current budget deficit and the projected shortfall for 2013-14 (Phaneuf, 11/26).Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Clarke Lacks Authority To Privatize Inmate Health, Lawyer Says Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. does not have the power he claims to unilaterally privatize inmate health care at the county jail, according to lawyers for Milwaukee County. Clarke has mistakenly relied on an earlier case on a sheriff’s constitutional authority for inmate transport to claim he has similar say-so over inmate health care, Ronald Stadler, a lawyer representing the county, wrote in a legal brief. “He has failed to show that the provision of jail health services is constitutionally protected,” Stadler wrote. “Just because Sheriff Clarke says it, does not make it so” (Schultze, 11/26).Health News Florida: Patients Are Pawns In Contract FightCarol White of St. Petersburg and some of her friends spent Monday looking for a new Medicare Advantage plan after BayCare Health System ended its contracts with UnitedHealthcare. … It’s not only seniors who got squeezed at midnight Monday when the contract ended between one of the nation’s largest health insurers and BayCare, Tampa Bay’s dominant non-profit hospital chain. The break-up also affects Medicaid and employer-sponsored coverage — a total of 400,000 United customers, said Elizabeth Calzadilla-Fiallo, spokeswoman for the Florida division of the Minnesota-based insurer (Gentry, 11/27).The Associated Press: NC Report Analyzes Child Health In 15 AreasNorth Carolina’s 2.3 million children are falling behind in some important benchmarks for health, such as the poverty rate, but they’re improving in other areas, including the number who have insurance, according to a report issued Monday. The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and Action for Children released the 18th annual Child Health Report Card on Monday, analyzing data in 15 areas. North Carolina got two A’s and three D’s, compared to three A’s and one D in last year’s report. The reports compare health indicators from 2010 and 2011 with the same figures from years dating back to 2004 (11/26).North Carolina Health News: Annual Report Card Shows Poor Economy Hinders Child Health Even as North Carolina’s infant mortality rates improved and rates of childhood death dropped, the health of the state’s children is still poor, with high levels of obesity and childhood poverty, according to a report released Monday. The annual report from Action for Children North Carolina and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine details how some traditional measures of childhood health improved over the past five years: immunization rates are up, tobacco use among teens is down and more kids have access to dental care. But as North Carolina slowly climbs out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the report details how poverty still impedes the health of North Carolina’s children (Hoban, 11/26).California Healthline: Advocates’ Challenge To Adult Day Process DeniedA federal judge ruled last week to deny a motion that would have forced the Department of Health Care Services to alter the way it is handling enrollment in the new Community Based Adult Services program. The ruling means CBAS enrollment will continue without changes unless Disability Rights California, the health advocacy group that filed the motion, appeals the ruling. Deadline for appeal is Friday (Gorn, 11/27).The Associated Press: Corrections, Medicaid Deficit Hurdles For Mississippi LegislatorsMississippi legislators head into the 2013 session knowing they have deficits to address in corrections and Medicaid. Any others? That’s all rather tentative right now about six weeks out from the Jan. 8 start. One thing is certain: the money handlers must be convinced there is a clear need. … “There’s not going to be a significant number of deficits. We know there’s going to be one in corrections and one in Medicaid. We’ve got the money in reserve accounts to cover it,” said House Appropriations Committee chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville (11/26). State Roundup: Conn. Official Says Bulk Buying Prescription Drugs Could Help Budgetlast_img read more