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Kyler Murray has tweeted that he is “fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” answering the question of whether he will choose football or baseball.

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner posted a statement on his Twitter account Monday, four days before he was scheduled to report to spring training with the Oakland Athletics.

Murray did not mention baseball or the A’s in his statement. Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A’s gave him last year, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Murray forfeits the remaining $3.16 million, due March 1. The A’s will put him on the restricted list and retain Murray’s rights, but they won’t get a compensatory draft pick.

“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray wrote. “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”

The A’s drafted Murray ninth overall last June and he agreed to a minor league contract that included a $4.66 million signing bonus.

“We took the best athlete on the board and what we thought was probably the best baseball player on the board too,” A’s general manager David Forst said Monday. “… The process was right and I think [A’s president of baseball operations] Billy [Beane] told you guys this morning we don’t regret the pick at all.”

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Monday that Murray picking football wasn’t “a shock to me.”

“We still have the rights to him but it looks to me he is going to have a nice little football career. We are going to be rooting for him,” he said.

ESPN’s draft experts, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, both project Murray as a first-round pick. Kiper says, “He’s unbelievably athletic and one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks I’ve ever seen. He can make every throw, and he does it with timing, touch and poise. He could be a really good NFL quarterback.”

No player has ever been a first-round pick in both the NFL and MLB drafts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

In his latest mock draft, McShay has Murray going No. 13 overall to the Miami Dolphins.

“Yes, the risk is apparent — Murray is undersized at 5-foot-10 and still hasn’t decided on his baseball career,” McShay wrote. “But he has an electric arm and some of the best athleticism I’ve seen at the position in years.”

Murray is No. 8 on Kiper’s board, released last week.

At Oklahoma, Murray passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns while posting the highest QBR (95.8) since ESPN began tracking the statistic in 2004. In addition, Murray became the first player in FBS history to average at least 300 yards passing and 60 yards rushing per game.

Murray joined Clemson’s Deshaun Watson as the only FBS quarterbacks to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for another 1,000 in the same season. And he surpassed Baker Mayfield’s FBS passing efficiency record set in 2017.

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It couldn’t have started out any worse. Sam Ficken, undrafted out of Penn State in 2015, waited almost three full years to kick in his first NFL regular-season game. But he missed his first extra point attempt wide right, then clanked a 36-yard attempt off the right upright.

Ficken eventually recovered, making his next three extra point attempts. And the Los Angeles Rams ultimately beat the Tennessee Titans 27-23 on Sunday, clinching the franchise’s first division title since 2003.

But Ficken left Nissan Stadium uncertain if the Rams will keep him.

“I’m confident in my ability; I’m confident every time they send me out there for a kick,” Ficken said. “As long as I’m here, that’s my mentality, and that’s the way I’m going to think about it.”

But the Rams, 11-4 and sitting as the No. 3 seed in their conference, have no time to mess around at such an important position.

Greg Zuerlein, by far the NFL’s most productive kicker this season, was placed on injured reserve last week with a herniated disk in his back. And Ficken won the right to replace Zuerlein by beating out 11 other kickers at a tryout, several of them with NFL experience. Ficken outperformed the competition, but part of the reason the Rams chose him, special teams coordinator John Fassel said, was because he “doesn’t have any bad mental scars.”

Ficken may have them now, but Rams coach Sean McVay was impressed with his ability to recover from disheartening misses and felt he “kicked the ball off pretty well.”

Still, McVay said postgame, “We’ll continue to evaluate moving forward.”

Zuerlein’s absence hurt the Rams even before Ficken’s first miss. On their first drive, they attempted a fake punt from the Titans’ 32-yard line, well within Zuerlein’s range, and turned the ball over on downs when Johnny Hekker’s deep pass to Mike Thomas fell incomplete. They later went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Titans’ 13, but Todd Gurley converted it with a 10-yard run.

Ficken, however, remains confident.

Seeing a kick sail through the uprights lifted some of the pressure off him.

“And then it’s just about getting in rhythm,” Ficken said. “As the game went on, I kind of established that, being out on the field more. It’s been a while since I had a real game, but I know what I’m doing. I gotta take care of that. I think next time it won’t be an issue.”

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The Seattle Seahawks are dealing with several injuries on defense, none bigger than the one that will keep All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas from playing Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

The Seahawks have ruled Thomas out because of a hamstring injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of Seattle’s win over the Houston Texans last week when he was chasing DeAndre Hopkins on his 72-yard touchdown. Bradley McDougald finished the game at free safety and will start for Seattle (5-2) against Washington (3-4) at CenturyLink Field.

Thomas didn’t practice this week. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he isn’t sure if the injury could keep Thomas out beyond Sunday; Seattle plays at the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night next week.

“Just weren’t able to get enough done, so he’s out for this one,” Carroll said of Thomas.

Carroll said strong safety Kam Chancellor (ankle) is “fine” but that the team won’t be sure if middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (hamstring) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (oblique) will be available until closer to game time. All three are listed as questionable, as are running back C.J. Prosise (ankle) and wide receiver Tanner McEvoy (hamstring).

Cornerback Jeremy Lane is also listed as questionable, but Carroll said it’s unlikely he’ll play because of a thigh bruise that kept him from practicing this week. Lane was included in Seattle’s trade to Houston for left tackle Duane Brown, but he failed his physical and reverted to the Seahawks.

Seattle signed McDougald, a former starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to a one-year deal in free agency. That gave the Seahawks a better backup option than what they had last season, when Thomas went down with a broken leg in December and their pass defense fell off without him. Thomas had injured his hamstring two weeks prior, which forced him to miss the Seahawks’ following game and ended his streak of 106 consecutive regular-season starts to begin his career.

Washington has ruled out four players, including starting guard Shawn Lauvao (stringer) and tight ends Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Niles Paul (concussion).