Karl-Anthony Towns’ dad got injured by the Timberwolves’ mascot. Now, he might sue.

Karl-Anthony Towns Sr., the father of the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, is considering his legal options after an incident during a January home game inflicted a serious leg injury, according to Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann.

Those options include potentially suing the Minnesota Timberwolves for negligence.

During a timeout in the second quarter of the T’Wolves’ Jan. 26 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Minnesota mascot lost control at the end of a sledding stunt down a flight of stairs. The mascot, named Crunch, crashed into an empty row of chairs, and those chairs hit the 54-year-old Towns, Sr.’s right knee.

The stunt is frequently performed at the Target Center and has been performed by the Utah Jazz mascot, as well.

Towns Sr. was in “considerable pain,” per McCann, using an ice pack to reduce swelling. He refused to seek medical care at the behest of team attendants, however, under the belief his absence would negatively influence his son’s play.

At least the referees were consistent, we suppose, since this play also earned Leonard a technical foul. After Damian Lillard missed the first technical free throw, Westbrook knocked down the second, resulting in a one-point swing in the game.

On the TNT broadcast, Reggie Miller complained about the game becoming “too soft” as the officials went back to look at the initial play that earned a technical.

The NBA’s increased emphasis on player safety, especially on hits around the head area, is good and important. But Miller might actually be right on this one. What lines of decorum do either of these plays cross? Did either really pose a threat for further escalation later on in the game? From our perspective, it doesn’t seem like it at all, for either one.13

Ryan Tannehill might not be the Dolphins’ starter for long

The Miami Dolphins’ 1-2 start has the coaching staff on edge, especially after a home blowout to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs. For a team with playoff ambition, such a pedestrian early-season performance can lead to desperation. According to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, the Dolphins may have crossed that threshold:

Selected eighth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, Tannehill became an immediate starter for Miami, completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns, 13 picks, and nearly 3,300 yards as a rookie. He improved on those numbers a year later, finishing with a completion rate north of 60 percent, 24 TDs to 17 picks, and just 87 yards shy of 4,000.

Shortly after Philbin threw Tannehill’s job status into doubt, Lazor contradicted his boss:

Still, if Tannehill’s struggles continue, Miami’s hot-seat head coach may have no choice but to make a change.

For his part, Tannehill chalks up his shortcomings with downfield passing to turnover aversion.

Jones was initially listed as questionable to return at the time of the injury, but his status was quickly downgraded once the medical staff took a closer look at the severity. It was reported after the game that Jones had his wrist wrapped with a plastic guard, though he noted at the time that he didn’t expect to miss any time. Obviously, that’s no longer the case.

Because the Steelers placed Jones on short-term IR, he’ll be eligible to return after eight weeks. That means that he could return to the lineup when Pittsburgh hosts the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 30.

One of the biggest concerns with Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is his ability to stay healthy. That issue has crept in yet again, with the team reporting that Locker injured his wrist during Sunday’s 33-7 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.12