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  • Bob Costas won’t be working the Super Bowl for NBC next month.

    The longtime broadcaster was not included in the network’s lineup for the NFL title game telecast from Minneapolis on Feb. 4 <a title="Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey" href="">Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey</a> , leading to speculation that Costas’ comments about head injuries in football might have affected the decision.

    Dan Patrick and Liam McHugh will host the broadcast.

    An NBC Sports spokesperson said: ”Dan and Liam have served as hosts for our NFL pregame/studio shows on Sunday nights and Thursday nights, respectively, throughout the season and will continue on Super Bowl Sunday.”

    Costas said: ”Dan and Liam have done the job hosting NBC’s NFL coverage all season. It wouldn’t be right for me to parachute in and do the Super Bowl.”

    When he stepped down as host of the Olympics last February, Costas was expected to keep his Super Bowl duties because Mike Tirico <a title="Cal Clutterbuck Jersey" href="">Cal Clutterbuck Jersey</a> , his Olympic replacement, would be in South Korea.

    Costas hosted NBC’s Super Bowl pregame coverage in 1986, 1989, 1993 <a title="Authentic Dougie Hamilton Jersey" href="">Authentic Dougie Hamilton Jersey</a> , 2009, 2012 and 2015.

    During an appearance at the University of Maryland in November, he said of football: ”the reality is that this game destroys people’s brains.”

    Cardinals right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha returned to St. Louis on Thursday for an MRI.

    The Cardinals placed Wacha on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain before Thursday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. They recalled right-hander John Gant from Triple-A Memphis.

    ”Everyone has injuries,” Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said. ”We’ve just got to deal with it.”

    Wacha accompanied the team as it flew to Milwaukee from Philadelphia <a title="Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey" href="">Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey</a> , but then he continued on to St. Louis for the medical scan.

    ”We have not gotten an MRI yet,” Girsch said. ”Hope to have it tonight.”

    Wacha, who leads the team in wins (8-2) and strikeouts (71) in 15 starts with a 3.20 ERA, left Wednesday’s start against the Philadelphia Phillies with the injury. He surrendered a two-run homer to Cesar Hernandez in the fourth inning and pitched to one more batter before he was replaced by Mike Mayers. The Cardinals lost 4-3.

    It’s the third time this season that Gant has been recalled. He is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA in seven appearances <a title="Jimmy Howard Jersey" href="">Jimmy Howard Jersey</a> , including three starts for the Cardinals this year.

    Gant could be a candidate for a start on Monday.

    ”Gant will be available in the bullpen the next few days,” Girsch said. ”We still feel we have good options in the rotation. They’re all capable of going the rest of the way. Obviously, we’d like to get guys back and have more depth.”

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