Eastern Michigan football player found dead

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed was found dead Friday morning.

Ypsilanti police Detective Sgt. Thomas Eberts told the Ann Arbor News that police believe the cause of death to be a gunshot wound. Reed was discovered dead in a hallway of an apartment complex around 6:15 a.m. CT.

The junior wide receiver caught 15 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown in six games this season.

Bulls shut down Noah for at least one week

CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will be shut down for at least one week due to a groin injury.

Noah initially suffered the injury in the first week of training camp. He returned to game action Wednesday night against the Pistons in a preseason contest.

“We’re going to shut Jo down. He’s got a little soreness (in his groin) so we want to make sure we get that taken care of,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday.

The Florida product averaged 11.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 66 games last season for the Bulls, who lost to the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals.

Gronkowski questionable for season debut

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may very well make his season-debut Sunday against the New York Jets.

Gronkowski was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, which was released just hours after reports surfaced that he was cleared to play by his doctors.

The two-time Pro Bowl tight end has been recovering from numerous offseason surgeries on his back and forearm.

Gronkowski has been practicing with the team and it was thought he might play last week against New Orleans, but was held out after medical clearance was not given.

The 24-year-old Arizona product twice fractured his forearm last year and played only 11 games, finishing the season with 55 receptions for 790 yards with 11 touchdowns. He has 38 TD catches in three NFL seasons.