Month: October 2017

TNF outlooks for DeVante Parker and injured Ravens pass-catchers

Injuries begin to stack up when teams hit the halfway point of the season, and the pregame injury report for the Dolphins and the Ravens (well, especially the Ravens) on Thursday serves as proof.

DeVante Parker, WR, ankle: Parker injured his ankle in Week 5 and has yet to return to action. Prior to this week, Parker had not participated in practice to any degree. On Tuesday, he returned to limited work, participating in some drills.

TMR: Tough one. Lots come to mind, including two recent ones that I’m particularly fond of. I was all-in on Kareem Hunt this year, even before Spencer Ware’s injury, and last year I was hyping Terrelle Pryor in Cleveland (a QB-turned-WR? For the Browns?) and people thought I was nuts, but he wound up as a top-20 WR. But I’ve made a zillion calls, good and bad. So if I have to pick one, probably my favorite would be Week 5 of 2009.

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn understands the scrutiny that comes with a struggling offense, but he was adamant in defending coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

“There’s a lot of really good things that Steve does, and I don’t want to lose sight of how good a football coach this guy is,” Quinn said Thursday. “And I think all of us, when you’re going through a time where you’re not producing from a points standpoint that you like, there’s a lot of factors involved.

What happened: Iupati hoped to play through a triceps injury suffered during the preseason but ended up being shelved after starting in just the season-opener against Detroit.

Potential return? Iupati not only underwent season-ending surgery. Because of age (31 entering next season) and his mounting injury history, Iupati may be cut in the offseason for a $6.2 million salary-cap saving.

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Colin Kaepernick Jersey as national leader of Black Lives Matter? University survey finds he’s top choice

A nationwide survey by Northwestern University found that most African Americans think Black Lives Matter needs a national leader. Their first choice for that position: Colin Kaepernick.
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The survey, completed earlier this month by Northwestern’s Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy, found that 64 percent of the 815 respondents believe the decentralized BLM movement would benefit from having a central structure and national leader. And 27 percent of respondents named Kaepernick as their first choice to be the national leader. The choice Other came in second with 20 percent. Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter in July 2013, was third with 10 percent.

It understandably infuriated many Ravens players, including offensive lineman Ryan Jensen who immediately went after Kiko Alonso. Jensen was then leveled by Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The NFL allows for an immediate ejection of a player who delivers a flagrant hit, and it certainly wouldn’t have been surprising if officials disqualified Alonso for the game. Instead, he stayed in and that left Harbaugh and others on Womens Alex Avila Jersey the Baltimore sideline furious.

Mallett led the Ravens to a touchdown to complete the drive and extend the Ravens’ lead to 20-0. But without Flacco, the Ravens’ underwhelming offense faces an even steeper uphill climb to keep the foot on the pedal.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai replaced Peters in the lineup. A week earlier, Goodell said that he hoped owners and players could move past the anthem issue at the meetings. If and how that could be accomplished was unclear.

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Quarterback Jared Goff Jersey is seventh in the NFL with 1,484 passing yards and he has thrown eight touchdowns against just three interceptions.

He looks more comfortable in the pocket, has shown better patience in play-action calls, and he isn’t forcing throws like he did during his rookie season a year ago.
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It helps that he’s not getting hit as much, either, and that the Rams are playing from ahead Authentic Brandon Sutter Jersey far more often.

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What’s most concerning to me is that the Raiders are near the bottom of the NFL in third-down defense, allowing a 45 percent conversation rate. This keeps their offense off the field for long stretches of time. It’s hard to pinpoint a reason for this, but looking back to last week, Rivers found ways to beat third-down pressure often.

Considering the Rams have only won twice at home since moving their franchise to Los Angeles for the start of the 2016 season, perhaps it was wise to stay on the road all week as they prepared for their home game in London, England, on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

I don’t think we should ever play at home, joked running back Todd Gurley, noting the Rams are 3-0 on the road this season and 1-2 at home. We’ve gotten all the wins on the road. That’s been a good thing for us.

The Rams (4-2) decided to stay in Jacksonville, Fla., after their 27-17 victory over the Jaguars. They practiced at a nearby college campus and flew to London on Thursday for their game at Twickenham Stadium.

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On Tuesday, Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order by a New York judge, which will allow Elliott to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The hearing for an injunction is set to be heard on or before Oct. 30.
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There’s been a lot of hard work, and it’s definitely a tough job, but they’ve served me well, Elliott said of his legal team.

If Elliott wins the injunction, he could be eligible to play for the remainder of the season; however, the possibility exists that he could serve the suspension in 2018.

I think that a lot of goes with how the season goes, Ham told Sporting News. You’re getting into this thick of the Big Ten season (which) is awfully difficult. You have back-to-back with Ohio State and Michigan. I think he’ll be out there in the mix out there in New York. But his chance of winning it goes with how well the season goes for Penn State.

He also likens Barkley to a star running back in the NFL: The guy he reminds me of a little bit of him because of the route running is Le’Veon Bell.

The always emotional Penn, wasn’t having it. He rolled down his window to hear what the fans were saying, with one real tough guy attempting to challenge Penn’s manhood. Penn bit, getting out of his car and approaching the fan, who hilariously took off his hat, preparing to fight the 6-5, 305-pound lineman.

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Bucs’ Jameis Winston day-to-day with sprain in throwing shoulder

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has officially been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in the shoulder of his throwing arm, according to coach Dirk Koetter. There is no structural damage, and he’ll be day-to-day.

In 2016, the rule kept Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark and Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack, both UCLA products, away from OTAs.

The exception to the rule was to graduate early — something that 2016 first-round picks DeForest Buckner and Joshua Garnett both did — to participate in OTAs. But now, players will be allowed to choose for themselves when to begin practicing with their new teams. And it’s about time.

After it wrapped up just before 2 p.m. ET, the sides issued a joint statement in which they said, in part: “Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military. In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.”

The Seahawks have been particularly vocal about social activism, in part, Sherman said, because of the team’s makeup.

“Our team is as loosey-goosey as they come,’’ he said. “Got a very, as the politicians would say, liberal team and ownership. Because those things matter nowadays. You are liberal or you are conservative. You are alt-left or you are alt-right. Whatever happened to human beings? But whatever. Story for a different day.’’

Many involved in Tuesday’s meeting called it a positive step, but Sherman pointed to one player who wasn’t present, beyond Kaepernick: teammate Doug Baldwin, who co-signed a letter with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing support for a bill that seeks criminal justice reform.steelers_007

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The Cowboys appeared to have the Packers pinned deep in their own territory in the third quarter of Sunday’s long-awaited showdown when Demarcus Lawrence grabbed hold of Aaron Rodgers leg at the two-yard line. Instead, Green Bay wound up with a 15-yard gift from the officials.
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Game Tyson Alualu Jersey The Jets shut out the Browns in the first half, with Kizer going 8-of-17 for 87 yards and an interception. Kizer lost a fumble in the half as well.

Hogan came in for Kizer last week, but head coach Hue Jackson said it was a precaution as to not get Kizer hurt in a blowout.

What does this mean for the Browns? It’s not great that Kizer hasn’t had a good showing to start the season, but there are still clearly issues on the Browns’ offense. You can mainly point to a lack of talent on the roster, and asking a rookie quarterback to work with them isn’t exactly easy.

However, upon coming into the game, Hogan led the Browns to a lead, going 5-of-5 on his first drive with 52 yards and a touchdown. It’s the first lead the Browns have had all season at 7-3.

Hogan has yet to start a game in his NFL career but had 6 appearances coming into Sunday’s game. He’s got a career 53.3 percent completion percentage with 287 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots: As is often the case, when Gillislee fails to find the end zone, he lets his fantasy managers down. On Sunday, he managed 10 carries, but on the three offensive plays the Patriots ran within three yards of the goal line, Tom Brady threw twice and Dion Lewis got and converted the team’s only rushing attempt. The latter development was most frustrating in fantasy terms; he was started in 65.4 percent of ESPN leagues, but any doubt about his goal-line role would severely lower his value.

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With just one hit, the Packers’ hopes for the 2017 season were put on the shoulders of a largely unknown quantity.

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The key ingredient there is moving the ball. Carmelo has been a guy the past 10 years where the ball comes to him and it sticks. He now has a team where he has Paul George, [Russell] Westbrook and Steven Adams at center. If things are done the right way these guys can make a lot of noise. At some point of your career, especially when you are older, you have to say, ‘Do I still want to get my mine or do I want to win? How to I want to be remembered? As a winner, or a guy who put up big numbers?’

We’re back for the second half in Kansas City. The Chiefs will start the period’s opening drive at their own 25 following a touchback.

Hundley has the arm to push the ball downfield and demonstrated some chemistry with top receiver Jordy Nelson, hitting him on a perfectly timed back-shoulder throw to the sideline.

For all the positives, Hundley’s glaring failing one that inhibits many young quarterbacks was evident when he stared down his target on a pass intercepted by Harrison Smith, who took advantage as Hundley failed to scan the field and look off the safety.

Kyle Shanahan returns to where he and his father once dueled Robert Griffin III (exactly what a team wants, of course). Their last four losses have been by a total of 11 points, including last week’s overtime defeat in Indianapolis. This is likely their fate this season: not close enough because their talent isn’t anywhere close enough. Washington has coughed up two winnable games, to the Eagles and Chiefs, which isn’t as encouraging as it sounds.

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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.

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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

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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.