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Former LB DeAndre Levy Jersey testifies Lions implored him not to talk about brain injuries

Former Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy told a congressional subcommittee Friday that the team tried to stifle him from publicly discussing the issue of brain injuries in football.

The Lions deny Levy’s claims.

Game Mens Brandon Finnegan Jersey Levy said that after the Detroit Free Press published a letter he wrote, titled Scary that I may have CTE, in March 2016, the Lions implored him to say no more.

The moment I said anything about it, I had two calls telling me that I shouldn’t talk about it, Levy told the subcommittee, per the Free Press. I wrote the paper and I was told not to talk about it the first day that it was out and I’m just like, it could have been just because locker room culture is nobody wants to talk about anything other than football, but it didn’t sit well with me when I’m talking about a brain injury.

The TV partners flushed players’ historic social justice protests down the memory hole in Week 6.

Protests? What protests?

There were virtually no live shots of NFL players sitting, kneeling or standing Sunday during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner, much less footage of fans booing players.

Instead, CBS, Fox and NBC chose to stay in commercial breaks during the pregame presentation of the flag and anthem. Once they returned from commercial, network play-by-play announcers and analysts paid little or no attention to what players did on the field.

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Love shot just 1-for-12 on Tuesday, and the Cavs shot only 40.5 percent as a team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo solves a lot of problems, and if he takes another mini-leap, the Bucks could exceed expectations. Parker’s eventual return will beef up their depth, and give Milwaukee a little more data on how all the pieces fit; Parker and Middleton logged just six minutes together last season. Parker has defended so far with a poisonous combination of cluelessness and hyperactivity. It was not surprising that Milwaukee fared better without him.

Extension talks for Parker will likely go to the Oct. 16 wire, and any deal would nudge the Bucks close to next season’s tax. They have discussed dumping John Henson and Teletovic, but teams are squeezing hard, sources say.

Cleveland is going through an adjustment period as it tries to fit three new players into its starting lineup — Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder — on top of the position shift for Love. Another new addition, Isaiah Thomas, is recovering from a torn labrum in his right hip and will need to be worked back into the mix when he returns in late December.

“We’re going to get better as the season goes along, of course,” Lue said after the loss to Chicago dropped his team to 0-4 in the preseason. “But we will be better than we were tonight, for sure.”

“Didn’t make much of it at all,” Love said. “Preseason. A lot of bad stuff out there. It looked ugly, but we’re fine. … We’ll look at some stuff, clean it up. As long as we play hard, good things will happen.”ravens_009

Facing Deshaun Watson Jersey: a brutal reminder of Browns’ latest NFL Draft whiff

I have a few questions for Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta, the Cleveland Browns’ alleged football brain trust. What in the world were you thinking when you passed twice on Deshaun Watson (at No. 1 and No. 12) in the 2017 NFL Draft?

How about the year prior, when you traded out of the No. 2 spot in which you could have selected Carson Wentz?

Have you ever heard the term franchise quarterback?

Paul Konerko Womens Jersey In case the Browns are oblivious to how sensational Watson has played over the past two weeks, they will see him in person when winless Cleveland plays in Houston on Sunday. And the passionate Browns fan base likely will be seething after another loss as they think about the bad decisions to pass on Watson and Wentz.

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After LeGarrette Blount was stopped a yard short on third-and-3 from the 5, Wentz picked up the first down on fourth-and-1 with a quarterback sneak. That set up a 1-yard pass to tight end Zach Ertz to tie things at 10-10.

After violating the league’s substance abuse policy Snead was suspended in September, but says he has learned from his mistakes and is ready to move forward.

It’s been a learning experience, he said. This is something I’ve never been through. So I’m just trying to take it day by day, keeping my family close, keeping my faith strong.

Hunter Henry Jersey is having what can only be described as an odd start to his second professional season.

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The 2016 second-rounder has gone without a target in two of his five games but has been targeted seven-plus times in two others. Henry has scored in back-to-back games, which is nice, but his inconsistent usage in the passing game makes him an extremely risky fantasy play. One reason for optimism that Henry’s career could be turning a corner is the fact that he ran more routes than Antonio Gates on Sunday. It’s only the second time in his career in which that has been the case, and the other was when Gates was returning from a two-game absence in Week 5 last season. Ignoring those two games, Henry set career highs in snaps and pass routes on Sunday. He should, at least, be on benches, and he could be on the verge of rejoining the TE1 discussion.

The Cowboys have a few key players who they hope can either play through minor issues — like offensive tackle Tyron Smith’s back tightness — or get over strains, like linebacker Sean Lee, who missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. By resting Lee for two games with a bye in Week 6, the Cowboys believe that should be enough time for their weakside linebacker to heal. Without Lee, the defense has given up 63 points and allowed two 100-yard rushers over the past two weeks. In the five games Lee has not played since 2015, the Cowboys have allowed three 100-yard rushers. For the defense to do its part, it desperately needs Lee. Note: The Cowboys have allowed 70 points in the past two games, but one touchdown came on a pick-six. — Todd Archer

I’m breaking my 20 percent ownership guide because I am all in on Seferian-Jenkins, not just as a weekly substitute but as a steady option moving forward. Since returning from a league-imposed suspension, Seferian-Jenkins is seventh among tight ends in targets, fourth in receptions and is catching more than 83 percent of his opportunities. He’s rostered in about a third of ESPN.com leagues, and with the Jets not having a clear star wide receiver, the opportunity for Seferian-Jenkins to finish as a top-10 option for the season definitely exists.
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Myles Garrett Jersey sacks Josh McCown Jersey on first NFL snap

Myles Garrett wasted no time having an impact in his first NFL game.

The Browns rookie defensive end sacked Jets quarterback Josh McCown on his first play from scrimmage in Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Jets were facing a third-and-5 from their own 31-yard line on the opening series when Garrett blew past Jets guard James Carpenter and dropped the veteran quarterback.

Following the Jets’ opening three-and-out, the Browns also punted after three plays to put Garrett and the Cleveland defense back on the field.

Garrett got another sack late in the second quarter, but the Jets held a 3-0 halftime lead thanks to Chandler Catanzaro’s 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Authentic Mens Doug Baldwin Jersey Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions, hamstring: Questionable, then inactive for last week’s game, Golladay has remained sidelined in practice all of this week. The Lions made it easy for fantasy owners this week and ruled him out in advance of Sunday’s game.
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Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans, hamstring: Davis has not played since Week 2 and remains out again this week with a hamstring injury.

Andrew Luck, QB, right shoulder and Jack Doyle, TE, concussion/neck, Indianapolis Colts: Luck is back in practice! But at least a couple of weeks likely remain before he returns to competition. Doyle was placed in the concussion protocol postgame, but is also listed with a neck injury. After limited work Wednesday and Thursday, Doyle was out of practice Friday and was subsequently declared out for this week’s game.

Eagles face Cardinals looking to go 4-1

The Philadelphia Eagles will look to strengthen their position in the NFC with a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.

Palmer has thrown for 1,282 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions while under heavy pressure most of the time. Their offensive line has allowed 17 sacks this season.

It started Sunday in the immediate aftermath of their dismantling of the Tennessee Titans and lingered Wednesday as Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien continued shifting the focus from celebrating that win to preparing to face the lone undefeated team in the NFL.

O’Brien essentially entered his postgame press conference with a wet blanket in hand, poised to smother the hoopla surrounding the record-setting performance of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Three days later, when asked if the team recognized Watson for claiming AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors following his five-touchdown performance in a 57-14 victory, O’Brien was quick to stamp out that bit of enthusiasm as well. What had passed was past.

“No. I think it’s a great honor, but no,” O’Brien said. “We’re definitely focused on Kansas City. I think, at the end of the day, I think those awards are great. I really do. I think it’s a great honor for him to get that as a rookie, but I think the goal of every week is to make sure we’re focused on the task at hand.”magic_042

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Mike Tomlin Jersey, Ben Roethlisberger Jersey take issue with Antonio Brown’s Gatorade toss

The Steelers won pretty handily Sunday against the Ravens, but the win didn’t come without drama.

Elite Kids Matt Moore Jersey Receiver Antonio Brown threw a bit of a tantrum on the sideline when he tossed a Gatorade cooler and proceeded to yell at offensive coordinator Todd Haley. He also appeared to be upset at Ben Roethlisberger after the QB missed Brown on a play in which the receiver was wide open, a third-and-2, which resulted in the team having to punt.

On Tuesday, Big Ben spoke to 93.7 The Fan about the incident, and he made it pretty clear he doesn’t want to see that kind of thing from Brown again.

I don’t know [if] he needs to react that way. He’s superhuman on the football field, and when that happens it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will. Because it gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit, Roethlisberger said. I’m not trying to call AB out. I just think this is causing a distraction that none of us really need.

The quarterback clearly doesn’t have a problem with Brown himself. He was praising the receiver in the interview, saying, AB is the best receiver in the world, maybe one of the best to ever play the game. I’d like to think him and I together may be one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combos to ever play the game.
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The former 18th overall pick completed 31 of 49 passes for 235 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions Sunday in Baltimore’s 26-9 loss to the Steelers, but just one start before he had career-worst numbers against Jacksonville.

Chargers vs. Dolphins: Philip Rivers Jersey yells ‘I was gonna goose you’ at center

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Late in the first quarter of the Chargers’ game against the Dolphins, the LA team was faced with a fourth-and-1.

The offense lined up, apparently in an attempt to draw Miami offside. But Philip Rivers saw something with the defense and felt he could get a first down on the play by audibling to a QB sneak. To inform his center of this, he yelled, “I’m going to goose you!” An on-field microphone caught the audio.

The funny exchange (to us) was actually a pretty serious moment for Rivers. There was no defensive lineman in the way of a QB sneak, which Rivers confirmed by later saying directly to his center what he planned to do.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, the center wasn’t paying attention and didn’t snap the ball, causing the play clock to run out.

Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans defensive end: “The guys wanted to do something. At first we weren’t going to do anything. Previously we’ve seen all the guys doing it since last season and we [were] like, we don’t want to get involved with that. But after listening to him talk the other night, a lot of guys came up, like, man, we need to do something as a team, so we decided to do that.” Clowney and the Texans stood and linked arms.

Brandon Brooks Authentic Jersey Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions tight end: “I’m for my teammates. I’m united with my teammates. But I do not stand for disrespect so what I was not going to do was unite to make it seem like it was OK. Because it’s not. It’s not OK for what [Trump] said.” Ebron was the only Lions player to not link arms.

Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver: “We’re a brotherhood, we love each other, we don’t care what the appearance is of one another. We just want to go fight for each other and we want to show that, hey, we’re in this together. We love this country and we want it to be the country that it’s been.” Thielen linked arms with other Vikings players.

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I love that his players love him, I love that he loves Hawaiian shirts, and I love how he tweaks the game. He and Bill Belichick are perhaps the only two NFL head coaches who you can count on to truly innovate a game plan rather than simply iterate on a few guiding principles. Every week, they’ll do something that no other NFL team is doing, and it’ll work. And unlike Belichick, Reid is a person. Bill Belichick has never looked this happy.

I’m a Lions fan, so every year I pick another team I want to win a Super Bowl since mine won’t. I am so here for a Chiefs title run. Innovation deserves to be rewarded. Time — not just Reid’s near-20 seasons, but Smith’s quest to be deemed worthy and Berry’s constant battle against his body — deserves to be rewarded. Fun deserves to be rewarded, and it’s been so long since that has felt like the case in the Super Bowl.
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This is a team in Reid’s image. It is quirky, and disciplined and unassuming for how good it has been.

None of that is true. This Football God’s whole name is Gronk, and he entered the world as an adult, much like Venus rising out of the ocean on a seashell, fully grown. The first most significant moment of Gronk’s life — well, the actual first moment of his life — was Thursday, April 22, the same day as the 2010 NFL draft. A cruise ship pulled up to a dock in Miami and Gronk emerged completely naked, save for a football helmet on his head and a pair of cleats on his feet.

He made his way down the gangplank to the dock, where Bill Belichick greeted him. Belichick gave Gronk the cut-off-sleeve sweatshirt off his back and instructed his new prodigy — who knew nothing about social norms, such as wearing clothes, or how to do anything besides play football, really — to tie it around his waist so as to be more decent. Then Belichick put Gronk on a private jet and took him back to Foxborough.

A.J. Green made a spectacular catch over three Texans defensive backs

The Bengals-Texans Thursday Night Football matchup started off awfully slow but picked up thanks to a pair of plays — one a spectacular A.J. Green catch.

After Jadeveon Clowney made a great play on a John Ross fumble, Andy Dalton dropped in a perfect pass to Green for a 50-yard completion with three Texans defensive backs in the vicinity.

The Bengals failed to score in Week 1, but because of Green’s catch, they were able to tie the game at 3-3. If he keeps making plays like that, he and the Bengals can expect to score many more points this season.

Mazzant ruled that the injunction would stand, and now the NFL and Elliot await a decision from the appellate court. In the NFL’s motion, they’ve challenged Mazzant’s jurisdiction because the case was filed before the NFL appeal was settled. The league’s attorneys are also relying on labor case law that grants deference to labor arbitrators in these matters.

Even with the appeal finalized, it’s hard to say. Elliott’s appeal started on Tuesday, August 29, and it wrapped up on Thursday, August 31. There was no timeline for Henderson to issue his decision, but he handed it down on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The NFLPA and Elliott’s attorneys have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas to vacate any suspension that may be handed down after the appeals process, citing “the most fundamentally unfair arbitral processes conceivable.”nike_cardinals_301

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