Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was spotted going after a defender’s knees in Sunday’s win over the Browns.
That defender was Browns defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah, who was perplexed as to why Big Ben was diving for his ankles. Not only did Roethlisberger go after him, but he then latched on to Ogbah’s foot and wouldn’t let go until the referee pulled him off.
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was controversially tossed during an interception return for touchdown, a play which was called back due to two penalties. As the Seahawks were heading toward the end zone, Davante Adams and Lane got tangled up, and the refs believed Lane threw a punch, although replay showed otherwise.
Once the drama settled, both teams were locked in a hard-fought defensive battle.
While Rodgers struggled at times, running back Ty Montgomery really had a hard time finding room. The converted wide receiver finished with just 54 yards and a touchdown off of 19 carries, but he proved a valuable asset late in the game.
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The Packers scored all 17 of their points in the second half. The Seahawks had a 3-0 lead at halftime, but were again unable to generate much offense in the second half as the offensive line struggled to create a push.
Minnesota is 14-6 SU and 15-5 ATS in its last 20 games at home per the OddsShark NFL Database. Adrian Peterson will be in uniform this Monday night, but for the first time in his professional career, it won’t be in a Vikings jersey. The Vikings have moved on from the veteran in favor of rookie Dalvin Cook, and they’ll be tasked with defending Peterson in the Saints backfield this week.
In the later game, the Denver Broncos are 3.5-point favorites at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. Denver has dominated this series in recent years with a 10-2 SU and 7-5 ATS record in its last 12 games against the Chargers.
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Orlando Scandrick suffered a broken left hand in Sunday’s 19-3 win against the New York Giants, but Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team is optimistic that the cornerback can return “sooner rather than later.”
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten collected another franchise record on Sunday, when he passed Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin as the team’s all-time leader in receiving yards.
Rodgers knows the refs should throw a flag because there were 12 Seahawks on the field when he takes the snap. So even though Seattle is trying to double-cover Nelson, it won’t matter. It’s a no-risk play, because the Packers can decline the penalty if the play works, and accept it and get a do-over if it doesn’t.
This isn’t new for Rodgers and the Packers offense. Last season, Rodgers was able to catch opposing defenses with too many men on the field seven times. Green Bay has even challenged plays when the officials didn’t catch the 12 men on the field for their opponents, and they’ve won those challenges.
The Packers run an up-tempo offense, which makes it tough for defenses to make substitutions in time. But if you’re going up against Rodgers and you’re subbing out, you’d better hustle, or he’ll take advantage.
David Johnson’s X-rays may have come back negative, but he’s not in the clear yet.
The Cardinals running back is expected to miss significant time with an injured wrist, according to NFL.com.
Bruce Arians said Johnson is getting a second opinion, but the injury — called a dislocated wrist by Arians — is significant enough that Johnson will be missing time and placed on injured reserve. Surgery is a possibility, according to some reports.
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The actual investigation was undertaken by several people. The league had multiple investigators talk to witnesses and work through the evidence.
A panel of independent advisors interviewed Elliott and evaluated the findings of the investigation. Those four people were Harvey, former player and Hall of Famer Kenneth Houston, Women of Color Network CEO Tonya Lovelace, and former United States Attorney and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. White was also instrumental in the Saints’ Bountygate investigation.
I didn’t even know there was a video, Martellus said. I had to walk out of meetings because I broke down crying, just thinking about what could have happened, what could have been. It was just so close. You never know these days.
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Ty Lawson Limited Jersey In a 20-minute session with reporters on Wednesday, Martellus spoke at length about Michael, the Seahawks defensive end. By the end, Martellus had tears streaming down his face when he talked about just giving his brother a hug when the two are reunited this weekend before Sunday’s game at Lambeau.
Foster is dealing with a troublesome shoulder injury, but he’ll be playing in this game. The first-round rookie linebacker won a starting job right out of the gate, which is a promising sign for his NFL career. He’ll be counted on to make plays and step up in a 49ers defense that was disastrous last season.
The Vikings drafted Cook in the second round and initially were going to pair him with free agent signee Latavius Murray, but Murray was slow to recover from ankle surgery and Cook took the starting job by the horns. He’s been tremendous in the preseason so far, showing burst and decisive vision as an every-down runner. The Vikings just might make a seamless transition from the Adrian Peterson era.
Trubisky has been excellent this preseason, but Glennon is still penciled in as the starter. Still, Trubisky continues to show that he’s got the talent to be the Bears’ franchise quarterback of the future.
This is a perfectly placed pass to wide receiver Tanner Gentry, who’s able to beat coverage and get into the end zone. Not bad for a couple of rookies.
There have been a few interceptions returned for touchdowns this preseason, but Burfict ran this one he snagged from Kirk Cousins back for 62 yards, and it was glorious:
The only thing better than Burfict’s interception and touchdown was his unique celebration:
In a statement released through the school, Ferentz said the health and safety of Iowa’s players is his top priority and that he defers to Iowa’s medical staff in determining whether players can participate in games and remain on the field. Ferentz also referenced his three sons who played college football, one of whom, Brian, is the team’s offensive coordinator.
Comments made by a retiring sports broadcaster about the coaching staff subjecting a player to possible long-term health-related issues because we allowed him to play in the Outback Bowl were surprising and offensive to our coaching staff, the player and his parents, Ferentz said. We do not allow a student-athlete to play unless he is medically cleared — that is my commitment to the players and their parents.
Game Youth Tyrunn Walker Jersey Our medical people aren’t going to let a player get out there at risk, where he can really do harm, Ferentz added at a news conference Tuesday. They have final say, they always have, always will, and I listen to them and then we work with players. You as a coach make the judgment if a player’s allowed to play, been ruled eligible to play medically, then you make the judgment, can he play? Can he operate?
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I think LeBron was the wisest…going to a state with ZERO income tax. That’s just smart. Can care less about Irving and Mr. Burn Haden. It’s not like Haden ran an interception back for a TD to win the Super Bowl or anything.
Kosar, a Youngstown native, became the Browns’ starting quarterback as a rookie in 1985, and led the franchise to its most successful period since the 1960s. In 1993, Kosar was released by the Browns, with coach Bill Belichick citing his diminishing skills. Kosar signed with the Cowboys, who won the Super Bowl that season.
There are two new high-tech helmet models you’ll likely be seeing on the field this season, both of which try to offer greater protection against concussions. The first is the Vicis Zero1, the product of a Seattle startup operation. A bunch of Seahawks players have tried it out, and it has also been spotted on a few other players, including Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Among other things, it features an exterior shell that deforms upon impact. Here’s a good video report (additional info here and here):
Next up is the Schutt F7, which is easy to spot because of its two exterior flex plates (and was the subject of a detailed Uni Watch report earlier this year). It has been showing up here and there in the preseason.
“The farthest they’ve been is Nashville,” Edwards said of his mum and pop, who plan to take in Weeks 3 and 4 of the NFL season when the Jets play home games against the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. “I’ll show them the 9/11 Museum, the Statue of Liberty. A Broadway show, that’s for sure. Times Square.
In real time, Burfict’s hit looks like a cheap shot, a flag and a fine. If you want to suspend him for one game or at most two based on his history, that’s fine. But five games — almost a third of the season — is excessive and sets a ridiculous precedent.
If Burfict gets five games, does that mean other offenders will get one, two or three games for a play that wasn’t penalized during the game? If so, many defensive players are going to get suspended or fined for similar hits, and the situation will become the NFL’s version of college football’s hard-to-define targeting rule, which causes a fresh controversy every Saturday.
Game Kids Darron Lee Jersey Emphasizing player safety is important, but there’s a slippery slope. How much different is Burfict’s hit then what New Orleans tight end Coby Fleener does to San Diego’s Joey Bosa here?
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The third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft was also picked on a two-point conversion attempt that would have given the Jaguars the lead with 5:23 remaining. Bortles threw into double coverage on the conversion and the pass intended for Neal Sterling was snatched by Panthers cornerback Jeff Richards.
I’m sure both quarterbacks woudl have like to have done a better job, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said following the game. Offensively, everyone needs to do a better job.
I’m not going to comment a lot on the two. I’m going to go back and look at things and see where we’re at.
The only thing that can derail the Patriots’ offensive express toward a Super Bowl repeat is a major injury. Unfortunately for the rest of the NFL, the reported torn ACL in the right knee of wide receiver Julian Edelman isn’t one of them.
As an American, I am of the belief that our unique strength is in the diversity of our nation. As an NFL Head Coach, I strive to have this same belief reflected in how I lead and value every player on our football team, as well as every individual within our organization. My actions will continue to mirror these beliefs both personally and professionally in a manner that serves to better us as a people and as a country.
Jackson said he took two days to prepare the statement because he knew he’d be asked about his comments Monday and did not want anything to be misrepresented.
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Both players scored on 17-yard runs. Henry used a couple of stiff-arms in the backfield to get to the edge and burst into the end zone to give the Titans a 17-0 first-quarter lead as they capitalized on Carolina turnovers.
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The Panthers hope McCaffrey will help them once again reign supreme in the NFC South and return to the Super Bowl. The Titans have a formidable 1-2 punch with Murray and Henry and are the odds-on favorites to win the AFC South. Both running backs looked the part of playmakers Saturday.
Hill surely came into the summer wanting a long-term deal at or near the max, but the market dried up too quickly. Dallas and Philadelphia are sticking with young players, New Orleans re-signed Jrue Holiday, Toronto retained Kyle Lowry, and the Clippers aren’t pursuing a Chris Paul replacement.
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There’s no doubt Hill has value, but between his injuries and the lack of money out there for him, a long-term deal isn’t happening this summer. One year in Los Angeles will boost his exposure, hopefully prove his injuries are a problem, and set him up for another pay day next year rather than taking a discount for someone now.
Kids Chris Jones Jersey It’s not the ideal scenario, but it’s probably the best one Hill has left to him.
The coaches of those national teams, one presumes, won’t be able to coach in the EuroLeague unless their bosses work out special arrangements to release them from duty twice during the season. This is a problem because most major national team coaches work for a high-end club, American university, or NBA team. (How USA Basketball is getting around this given Gregg Popovich’s professional constraints is described below.)
The 31-year-old Hill was expected to be one of the most desirable players on the market, but several of his top potential destinations went in different directions. He reportedly met with the Lakers to discuss a potential one-year deal, but the Kings’ multi-year offer was a far better arrangement.
Lucy Van Pelt, meet Kevin Huber.
The Bengals punter took a page from the “Peanuts” character’s book during Sunday’s NFL exhibition vs. the Redskins. In Huber’s case, he kept himself from kicking the ball so he could avoid a block, and he did so with flair.
The quarterback first took a knee during the national anthem prior to a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, explaining his intent to bring attention to the killings of people of color at the hands of police officers.
Undeterred by the threats, Kaepernick has continued through the first few weeks of the regular season. He also spoke out Tuesday about the death of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old black man who was shot dead by a Tulsa, Okla., police officer Friday.
Video made public Monday showed Crutcher, a pastor, with his hands in the air before he was killed. The Tulsa Police Department said no weapons were recovered on Crutcher’s person nor in his vehicle.
“They shot and killed a man and walked around like it wasn’t a human being,” Kaepernick said, via the Sacramento Bee. “… That’s not right. And they should be in prison for that.”
Kaepernick said he’ll donate $100,000 a month for the next 10 months to increase awareness about the issues. He intends to create a website where the public can track the donations made.