Top NFL Draft prospect and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has undergone successful surgery, the team announced on Monday.

The 21-year-old was taken off on a cart during Alabama's 38-7 win over Mississippi State, having suffered a season-ending dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture.

Tagovailoa had an operation in Houston and the team are optimistic on his recovery.

A statement from orthopaedic surgeon Lyle Cain, released by Alabama, read: "Tua underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston. The procedure went as planned, and he is resting comfortably.

"Tua's prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery. He will return to Tuscaloose in the next several days to begin his rehab."

Tagovailoa, along with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, has been in the conversation to be the first overall pick in the 2020 draft.

He had completed 14 of his 18 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns before the injury.

Tagovailoa had only returned from ankle surgery the previous week in a 46-41 defeat at home to Burrow and LSU.

Tom Brady is keen to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL and hopes Saturday's workout will result in opportunities for his fellow quarterback.

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, a campaign in which he attracted controversy by kneeling during the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

After repeatedly claiming he was ready for a return, the 32-year-old was granted a workout for NFL teams in Atlanta on Saturday - although the location was changed as his representatives criticised "recent decisions made by the NFL".

Brady's New England Patriots were among the teams interested as the workout went ahead, with Kaepernick addressing the media afterwards.

"We'll be waiting to hear from [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams," he said. "The ball's in their court, we're ready to go."

Veteran superstar Brady hopes the event will see Kaepernick granted a route back into the league.

"It's great that he got an opportunity. Hopefully, he makes the most of it," Brady told The Greg Hill Show on WEEI on Monday.

"It's like everyone in the NFL. It's a great privilege to play and do something you love to do. I've felt that way for a long time.

"Hopefully, he gets an opportunity. That's how I feel. I like Colin. I got to know Colin a little bit. I know he's obviously hoping he can play."

The Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-10 on Sunday and Brady said the offense could "do everything better".

Expanding on his comments, the 42-year-old claimed New England are now a team dependent on their defense, despite his status as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

"The reality is it's a team sport. It's complementary football," he said. "The strength of our team is our defense and our special teams.

"So on offense, we've just got to take advantage of when we get opportunities and understand where our strengths lie and try to play to them."

Tom Brady cut a dejected figure and declared the New England Patriots can "do everything better" despite Sunday's 17-10 win on the road at the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Patriots rebounded from their defeat to the Baltimore Ravens and moved to 9-1 for the season on the back of a solid defensive effort.

Brady had a pass completion rate of just 55 per cent, making 26 of 47 for 216 yards, and the only touchdown pass came from Julian Edelman on a trick play to Phillip Dorsett.

It was another difficult evening in the red zone for the Patriots, who were one of three on Sunday, and a sullen Brady was not exactly in a talkative mood with reporters after the game.

Asked about the offense, Brady replied: "[It's] up and down, what it looks like to me. We can probably do everything better." 

"I don't think it matters what I think [would remedy the situation]. It matters what we do."

When it was put to Brady it might be a matter of working things out in practice, he said: "Yeah, I think that's right. Practice and execution."

By contrast the usually reserved Bill Belichick hailed the team collective in Philly and even cracked a joke about the crucial play involving Edelman.

"He keeps his quarterback rating up there pretty high," Belichick quipped. 

"I'm sure he will have to ice his shoulder down this week and massage it and everything else. That was a great play by Julian."

The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers bounced back to improve to 9-1 in the NFL on Sunday.

Coming off losses in their previous matches, the Patriots and 49ers overcame the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals respectively.

Meanwhile, the struggling Cincinnati Bengals became the first team to be officially eliminated from play-off contention, while the Los Angeles Rams were too good for the Chicago Bears.

 

PATS SURVIVE EAGLES TEST

Super Bowl champions the Patriots needed 17 unanswered points to get past the Eagles 17-10.

After three field goals from Nick Folk dragged New England to a 10-9 deficit, Julian Edelman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett before a two-point conversion.

The Patriots held on as the fourth quarter finished scoreless, keeping them clear atop the AFC East.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 26 of 47 for 216 yards, while Carson Wentz (20 of 40 for 214 yards) threw one TD pass for the Eagles.

The Eagles (5-5) are second in the NFC East but lost ground to the Dallas Cowboys, who edged the Detroit Lions earlier in the day.

 

49ERS NEED DRAMATIC COMEBACK TO BOUNCE BACK

The 49ers rallied to bounce back from their loss to the Seattle Seahawks, edging past the Cardinals 36-26.

San Francisco fell 16-0 behind and then trailed 26-23 in the final minute after a 22-yard run from Kyler Murray put the Cardinals back ahead.

However, Jimmy Garoppolo – who finished 34 of 45 for 424 yards and four TDs – found Jeff Wilson with just 31 seconds remaining before a late D.J. Reed score.

The 49ers are top of the NFC West, while the Cardinals (3-7-1) have lost four straight.

 

RAIDERS GET PAST BAD BENGALS

Derek Carr led the Raiders past the Bengals 17-10, completing 25 of 29 passes for 292 yards and a TD while also rushing over for a score.

Josh Jacobs rushed for 112 yards for the Raiders, who are 6-4 after winning three straight games.

They have the same record as Kansas City as the Chiefs prepare to face the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday.

 

RUNNING COLTS, SAINTS WIN

The Indianapolis Colts (6-4) relied on their running game to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-13.

The Colts ran the ball 36 times for 264 yards at an average of 7.3 yards per carry. It was the 12th highest total in team history and their best since 2004, according to Colts.com.

Jonathan Williams (116 yards on 13 carries) and Marlon Mack (109 on 14) led the Colts, but the latter suffered a hand injury in the win.

"I don't think you ever expect to run for that many yards in an NFL game, just 'cause defenses are too good," Colts head coach Frank Reich said.

"And I've got so much respect for that defense. I'm just telling you. I was telling Nick [Sirianni, Colts offensive coordinator], I got over here this morning, I said, 'Man, I know we're gonna run the ball, we're gonna call runs, we're gonna stay committed to it, our guys have had a great week of practice, but this is a good defensive front.' So, again, I can't give our players enough credit for how well they played."

The New Orleans Saints improved to 8-2 thanks to a 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saints head coach Sean Payton was pleased with his team, who were led by Drew Brees' three TD passes as they responded to their loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

"It wasn't our best game but I felt like there were a lot of good things to win. Too many penalties, we had a touchdown brought back, third down conversion brought back, and we gave up a couple plays big on defense," he said.

"We still think that we have better football ahead of us, but I was proud of how we responded form last week. The guys had a good week of practice and I think it carried over into this game."

Top NFL quarterback prospect Tua Tagovailoa will undergo hip surgery on Monday, Alabama announced.

Tagovailoa – in the conversation to be taken with the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – suffered a season-ending dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Alabama star was carted off during the team's 38-7 win over Mississippi State in a blow to his draft hopes.

Alabama said Tagovailoa "has a good shot at being cleared to return to football activities in six-to-eight months and a good chance of playing football next season".

"For the past 24 hours our medical team has consulted with multiple orthopaedic experts across the country, who specialise in hip injuries and surgeries," Dr Lyle Cain said in a statement via Alabama on Sunday.

"Based on that research, Tua is being flown to Houston tonight [Sunday] to be evaluated and is scheduled to have hip surgery Monday. As previously stated, we anticipate a full recovery.

"The main focus has been, and will remain, on Tua, his family, and making sure we are providing them the best medical care possible."

Samoan-American Tagovailoa inspired Alabama to glory in January 2018, throwing three touchdowns after replacing Jalen Hurts as they beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the National Championship game.

Alabama returned to the same stage with Tagovailoa under center last season but lost 44-16 to Clemson.

Colin Kaepernick accomplished his goal and proved he can still play, according to former San Francisco 49ers team-mate Eric Reid.

Ex-49ers quarterback Kaepernick completed a rearranged workout in Atlanta on Saturday as the outcast eyes a return to the league.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which he attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick reached a settlement in February of this year.

"The goal was accomplished," Carolina Panthers safety Reid, who attended the workout, said following Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. "He proved he can play this game. He proved he can throw the ball. Elite. That's what an NFL executive said."

Reid, who kneeled alongside Kaepernick in 2016 and also filed a grievance against the league but was signed by the Panthers in 2018, said the workout felt like a "PR stunt" prior to Saturday.

He maintained that view on Sunday, adding: "We knew this was a PR stunt from the beginning. When we got that waiver we were like, 'Ah, we see that. It's the employment rights. You want him to forfeit his employment rights'.

"They've never had Colin's best interests at heart. If that was the case, why are they making such a big deal about moving the workout?"

The NFL organised a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons training facility, which it said 25 clubs were set to attend.

However, a session initially scheduled for 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT) was relocated and pushed back to 16:00, with Kaepernick's representatives slamming the NFL for not providing "a legitimate process" and not allowing members of the media to attend and film the workout.

Members of the media did attend the rearranged workout, with hordes of Kaepernick's supporters also intently watching the session, which was streamed on YouTube.

"He's been working out every day for three years," Reid said. "Can you imagine the mental fortitude it takes to stay in shape for three years while somebody is blackballing you for you wanting to stand up for people who have been wronged?"

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan moved into 10th place for all-time passing yards in the NFL on Sunday.

Ryan surpassed Warren Moon for a place in the top 10 following the 34-year-old's performance in Atlanta's 29-3 win over the Carolina Panthers.

The Falcons star, who entered the contest with 49,072 yards – just behind Moon's 49,325 – finished with 311 yards on 21-of-31 passing.

Winner of the MVP Award in 2016, Ryan now has his sights set on ninth-placed John Elway, who finished his career with 51,475 yards.

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (75,733) tops the list, ahead of New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady. Current NFL quarterbacks Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning are also in front of Ryan, as well as legendary trio Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.

"It's pretty special, for sure," Ryan told the media about his personal achievement after the Week 11 victory over the Panthers.

"I've been fortunate to play for a long time and have some success. To be mentioned with all those other guys that are up there is special.

"I've always dreamed of being in that spot as a kid. When you hit milestones like that, it's always more fun in a win so you can celebrate with the guys."

 

 

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh lauded Lamar Jackson's latest brilliant performance after a 41-7 thrashing of the Houston Texans.

Jackson, 22, continued to star in the NFL, completing 17 of 24 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 86 yards in the win on Sunday.

Harbaugh praised Jackson, who produced a superb 39-yard run in the third quarter after shaking off several tacklers.

"We do know him, we see him a lot and we know what he's capable of, I think all of our players do, but he made some great plays," he told a news conference.

"He made that play with his legs, he had some other runs, he made some great plays with his arm, made some great plays with his mind.

"I think he just played the position of quarterback exceptionally well. You appreciate that, it's the most important position probably. It's a team game but quarterback's kind of important and he's playing really at a high level."

Jackson is in his second season with Baltimore and the quarterback has improved massively with the Ravens (8-2).

Harbaugh said Jackson – who became the first Ravens player to produce multiple games with four TD passes, according to ESPN – had the right approach.

"I just think he's steadily improving, from one season to the next, but just from game to game, even from practice to practice," he said.

"He's so locked in, he's so focused on the details. He's got a great mind for it, he sees the field really well.

"He understands the concepts that we're putting in and he just continues to improve.

"He's not a guy that repeats mistakes, he's just not that kind of a guy, and those are usually the guys that get good at what they do."

Riding a six-game winning streak, the Ravens are clear of the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5), Cleveland Browns (4-6) and Cincinnati Bengals (0-9) in the AFC North.

Lamar Jackson overshadowed fellow quarterback Deshaun Watson as the Baltimore Ravens crushed the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the NFL season.

Jackson had four touchdown passes as the in-form Ravens recorded a sixth straight victory – their longest winning streak since 2000 – with a resounding 41-7 result at home in what was the headline act in the early schedule on Sunday.

The Dallas Cowboys had to work far harder to see off a Detroit Lions team once again without Matthew Stafford, while the Minnesota Vikings rallied from a 20-0 half-time deficit to beat the Denver Broncos 27-23.

Kyle Allen endured a rough outing as the Carolina Panthers surprisingly fell to the Atlanta Falcons, a result that puts the New Orleans Saints – 34-17 winners over the Tamp Bay Buccaneers – in the driving seat in the NFC South.

The Buffalo Bills moved to 7-3 with a 37-20 result against the Miami Dolphins and there was an excellent outing for Sam Darnold, his four touchdown passes helping the New York Jets to a 34-17 victory over a Washington Redskins franchise who now own a sorry 1-9 record.

 

RAVENS CONTINUE TO BE LEMAR-VELLOUS

It was billed as the battle between the former first-round picks and college rivals. Instead, the clash between dynamic duo Jackson – who threw four touchdown passes and also ran for 86 yards – and Watson turned into a lopsided contest.

Mark Ingram caught a pair of touchdowns while Gus Edwards galloped in on the ground for a 63-yard score against a Houston team who struggled badly, meaning they slip to 6-4 for the season.

They did at least avoid a shut-out loss on their travels, Carlos Hyde rumbling in from 41 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. It was a tough outing for Watson, though, as he managed just 169 yards passing while also throwing an interception.

With the Texans beaten, the Indianapolis Colts now top the AFC South after quarterback Jacoby Brissett led them to a 33-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on his return from a knee injury.

 

VIKINGS BUCK TREND TO BEAT BRONCOS

A first home loss of the season appeared on the cards for Minnesota when they mustered just 47 yards of offense in the first half.

However, Kirk Cousins engineered a stunning turnaround after the interval, the quarterback throwing for 319 yards and three scores, including a stunning 59-yard effort to Stefon Diggs.

They still had to survive a dramatic finish to prevail, though, as Denver failed to cap off a late fourth-quarter drive with a touchdown, throwing three incomplete passes after they had moved the ball to the four-yard line in the closing seconds.

 

NO DOUBTING THOMAS AS PANTHERS SLIP UP

After a stunning home loss to Atlanta in Week 10, New Orleans relied on Michael Thomas to help them returning to winning ways at the expense of Tampa Bay.

Wide receiver Thomas finished with eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, in the process becoming the first player in NFL history to record 90 or more receptions in the first 10 games of a season.

The Saints' 8-2 record gives them a comfortable cushion at the top of their division after nearest rivals Carolina fell to the Falcons, who picked off Panthers quarterback Allen four times in a dominant 29-3 road win.

Top NFL quarterback prospect and Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa will miss the remainder of the season due to a dislocated hip.

Tagovailoa was taken off on a cart during Alabama's 38-7 win against Mississippi State on Saturday, after he was sacked by two defenders late in the second quarter.

The 21-year-old – who along with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is in contention to be taken with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – will now sit out the rest of the campaign.

"Tua Tagovailoa sustained a right hip dislocation that was immediately reduced at the stadium," Crimson Tide team surgeon Lyle Cain said in a statement.

"He is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery but will miss the remainder of the season."

Tagovailoa had completed 14 of his 18 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns prior to the injury.

The Samoan-American inspired Alabama to glory in January 2018, throwing three touchdowns after replacing Jalen Hurts as they beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the National Championship game.

Alabama returned to the same stage with Tagovailoa under center last season but lost 44-16 to Clemson.

Saturday's game marked Tagovailoa's second since returning from ankle surgery. He made his comeback last week as Alabama lost 46-41 to Burrow and LSU at home.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban added: "Godspeed to him and his entire family. And our thoughts and prayers are with him and hope this is not so serious that it has any long-term effects on his future."

New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung has been ruled out of the clash with rivals the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL Super Bowl champions announced.

Chung will miss Sunday's showdown in Philadelphia due to two injuries (heel and chest), after the 32-year-old had initially been listed as questionable.

A three-time Super Bowl champion, Chung – who spent a year with the Eagles in 2013 – was limited all week in practice.

Rookie running back Damien Harris will also miss the road game against the Eagles (5-4) because of a hamstring problem.

The Patriots (8-1) are looking to bounce back from a loss to the Baltimore Ravens prior to their bye week.

 

 

 

Colin Kaepernick said the ball is in the court of the NFL and its 32 teams after he completed a rearranged workout in Atlanta on Saturday.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which he attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

The NFL organised a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons training facility, which it said 25 clubs were set to attend.

However, a session initially scheduled for 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT) was relocated and pushed back to 16:00, with Kaepernick's representatives slamming the NFL for not providing "a legitimate process" and not allowing members of the media to attend and film the workout.

Members of the media did attend the re-arranged workout, with hordes of Kaepernick's supporters also intently watching the session, which was streamed on YouTube.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, one NFL executive said Kaepernick displayed an "elite" arm.

Speaking afterwards to the assembled media, Kaepernick said: "Our biggest thing today was making sure we had transparency with what went on.

"I've been ready for three years, I've been denied for three years. We have nothing to hide. We're ready for the 32 teams to stop running, stop running from the truth. I've been ready, I'm staying ready and I'll continue to be ready.

"We'll be waiting to hear from [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams. The ball's in their court, we're ready to go."

Before the workout, the NFL issued a statement responding to claims made by his representatives, including that he was asked to sign an "unusual" liability waiver.

"We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30pm today along with the public," the statement read.

"Today's session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants -- an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew.

"The NFL made considerable effort to work cooperatively with Colin's representatives. We invited his agent to suggest questions for the interview. Yesterday, when Colin's representatives said he wanted to bring his own receivers to the workout, we agreed to the request. In addition, coach Hue Jackson discussed with Colin's agent what drills would be run at the workout so that Colin would know what would be expected of him.

"Last night, when Nike, with Colin's approval, requested to shoot an ad featuring Colin and mentioning all the NFL teams present at the workout, we agreed to the request.

"On Wednesday, we sent Colin's representatives a standard liability waiver based on the waiver used by National Invitational Camp at all NFL Combines and by NFL clubs when trying out free agent players. At noon today, Colin's representatives sent a completely rewritten and insufficient waiver.

"We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.

"We agreed to have Colin's representatives on the field while the workout was being conducted and to allow them to see how it was being recorded. We did so even though we have been clear from the beginning that this is private workout. As is typical with NFL Combines, one video crew was prepared to shoot and distribute video of the interview and workout.

"We confirmed with Colin's representatives that they would receive both the video that would be sent to all 32 clubs as well as the raw footage from the entire event, which is unprecedented.

"Colin's decision has no effect on his status in the league. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club."

Colin Kaepernick's workout for NFL teams has been subject to a late change of location and will now be open to the media, with his representatives accusing the league of not providing a legitimate process.

All 32 teams were invited to a workout organised by the league, with over 20 said to be set to attend the session. It was scheduled for 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT) at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility, which was attended by both supporters and detractors of the quarterback in anticipation of his arrival.

However, the workout has now been pushed back to 16:00 at an alternative location, after his agents hit out at the NFL.

"Because of recent decisions made by the NFL, the workout for Colin Kaepernick will be changing to an alternate location in Atlanta which will now start at 4pm," a statement from Ben Meiselas and Jeff Nalley on behalf of Kaepernick read. 

"All representatives from clubs are invited to attend and will be provided the location. Further, all media will be invited to attend and upon request will be provided with the location.

"From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one.

"Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a pre-condition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick's representatives.

"Additionally, Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency. The NFL denied this request.

"Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs."

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

Kaepernick has long since maintained his readiness to play in the NFL again and in October his representatives released a fact sheet in an attempt to address "false narratives" and "set the record straight". The document detailed Kaepernick's many accomplishments with the 49ers, whom he led to Super Bowl XLVII, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

In his career with the 49ers, which encompassed two NFC Championship game appearances as well as the narrow Super Bowl defeat, Kaepernick threw for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He ran for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Top NFL quarterback prospect Tua Tagovailoa was taken off on a cart with a right hip injury suffered during Alabama's game with Mississippi State.

Tagovailoa, along with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, is in the conversation to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

However, his hopes of being the first name off the board in Las Vegas in April will likely have taken a hit after he hurt his hip as he was sacked by two defenders late in the second quarter.

The 21-year-old had put Alabama in control, guiding them to a 35-7 lead, and was set to come out of the game when he sustained the injury.

"That was going to be his last series, we were gonna do a two-minute [drill] with him before the half just for practice," coach Nick Saban told ESPN at half-time.

"Certainly don't want to see anybody get hurt, especially him."

Tagovailoa was said to screaming in pain as he was helped on to the cart with a bloody nose, which took him to the locker room for X-rays.

He had completed 14 of his 18 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns before the injury.

Tagovailoa inspired Alabama to National Championship in January 2018, throwing three touchdowns after replacing Jalen Hurts as they beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the National Championship game.

Alabama returned to the same stage with Tagovailoa under center last season, but lost 44-16 to Clemson.

Saturday's game marked Tagovailoa's second since returning from ankle surgery. He made his comeback last week as Alabama lost 46-41 to Burrow and LSU at home.

LeBron James insists he has no plans to call time on his NBA career, comparing himself to New England Patriots great Tom Brady.

James was the star of the show for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, scoring 29 points and providing 11 assists in a 99-97 victory.

Prior to the encounter at the Staples Center, the 34-year-old - a 15-time All Star and a three-time NBA champion - was asked if retirement had crossed his mind.

However, James dismissed the suggestion, likening himself to NFL star Brady, who is still going strong at the age of 42 and holds the record for the most number of Super Bowl wins with six.

"I'm not at the conclusion of my story," James explained to reporters.

"So no, not the way I feel right now. Me and Tom Brady are one in the same. We're going to play until we can't walk no more."

Following James' comments, Brady responded on his official Twitter account, tagging the Lakers star.

"I'm playing until I can't dunk anymore!" The quarterback tweeted.

James responded in kind: "Well I'm playing until I can't throw TD [touchdown] passes anymore!"

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