Month: September 2017

Broncos get good news: LT Garett Bolles has high ankle sprain, report says

Broncos first-round draft pick and starting left tackle Garett Bolles suffered a high left ankle sprain and bone bruise in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, an injury the team initially feared was a broken leg or Achilles injury.

Nazem Kadri Womens Jersey An MRI exam Monday confirmed the injury, 9News reported, citing an unidentified source who said Bolles would miss a couple of weeks.

This issue has been going on for a while, and Cardinals veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald apparently tells defenders he’d help pay their fines if they go high instead of low.

The field, which was susceptible to having cleat marks left in the surface, was improved before Sunday’s game against the visiting Texans.
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Player Health and Safety remains a top priority of the NFLPA and we sent our field expert to Gillette stadium to evaluate the newly installed FieldTurf. The Gmax numbers that reflect surface hardness came back extremely low, indicating a very soft field; however, the testing results passed the NFL Mandatory Practices for field surface testing, read a statement released Monday by the NFLPA.

We have encouraged players to consult their equipment managers to ensure they are not wearing cleats that will penetrate too deep into the surface which would increase the risk of lower extremity injuries. The NFL Foot & Ankle Committee has coordinated extensive research on athletic shoe safety and performance. Based on the results, the Committee has provided the information to all clubs.

We will continue to monitor field testing and work to establish evidence-based standards for the safety and performance of NFL playing surfaces across the League.

Color Rush uniforms were really the main draw of Thursday Night Football last season.

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Nobody wanted to watch the Jaguars-Titans game last year, but it was cool to see 11 containers of dijon mustard go up against 11 smurfs at once.

The Texans and Bengals don’t have the most flashy uniforms for Thursday’s game. However, at the very least, people with red/green colorblindness won’t have trouble viewing these.

Marshall’s contribution in Week 1: four targets, one catch. His contribution in Week 2: five targets, one catch, and a brutal drop that for all intents and purposes ended the game:

Ra’Shede Hageman Youth Jersey Down 17-10, that third-down drop was the Giants’ best chance at getting into scoring position and making it a game again. Instead, they had to punt, gave up a punt return touchdown, and that’s all she wrote.

The Giants do have some promising weapons in Shepard and rookie tight end Evan Engram, who led the team with 49 yards on four catches. Beckham had a quiet night (four catches, 36 yards), but that was probably expected after he missed almost a month of practice with a sprained ankle.

At 33 years old, Marshall simply doesn’t have much left in the tank. The Giants thought they could have a killer one-two punch with Beckham and Marshall, but Marshall has been more of a liability than an asset.

In Week 2, it was obvious that our run game was not as effective. The Titans did a great job stuffing the middle and forcing stretch run plays. With the run going to the outside, the Titans cornerbacks did a great job using the sideline as their 12th man.


Despite the Titans doing well against the run, Leonard still showed that he can break tackles and gain positive yardage for the first down. His first two games were very promising and I am confident that Fournette isn’t going to just be the best runner on this team, but possibly the best runner in the entire NFL.

Roger Goodell to attend Texans-Jaguars game, report says

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will attend Sunday’s game between the Texans and Jaguars, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston recently with massive flooding and wind damage. The Texans will play at home in NRG Stadium this weekend, and Goodell will be there.

Goodell will join Texans owner Bob McNair as a guest in his suite.

Donald, who is in the fourth year of his rookie contract, is set to earn around $1.8 million this season. The Rams also picked up his fifth-year option next season, paying him roughly $6.9 million.

However, Donald would like a long-term contract to reflect his consistent dominance. Donald has 163 tackles and 28 sacks through his first three NFL seasons, which is why he’s considered among the best interior linemen in the league.

Neither side has seemed ready to budge this offseason, but now that Donald’s holdout has leaked into the regular season, one side may have to give in a bit.

“Number one, you don’t have to pay as much,” Savage said. “Ownership may be on the hook with a general manager they just got rid of so they’ll decide to stay with an in-house, cheaper option.

“The other thing is that they feel like they may know that person a little better being around him. A lot of times when you get rid of a GM, ownership may feel they want to be more involved next time around. That’s a little easier with a guy who’s promoted because they’re just excited about getting an opportunity, whereas a general manager from the outside may have their own idea about how to do things and not want as much involvement from ownership.”6

the Jaguars confirmed they wouldn’t hesitate to call Fournette’s number and the rookie running back proved he could answer the call

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After drawing just two targets during the Carolina Panthers’ week one win, Devin Funchess saw six targets in Week 2. The rise in targets is almost definitely attributable to Greg Olsen leaving the game early in the first quarter with a foot injury as all of Funchess’ targets subsequent to the injury. The best part of those targets is the depth at which they were thrown as five of those six targets came at least 13 yards down the field.

The depth of those targets is sweet, but this week’s opponent is sweeter. The New Orleans Saints’ passing defense can only be described as nonexistent. After finishing dead last in the league last year by allowing 274 passing yards per game, they’ve actually found a way to make that seem respectable as they’ve allowed a whopping 389 passing yards per game this year. -K.D.

Afforded 22 touches in place of an ailing Rob Kelley last week, Perine is a potential waiver warrior given he’s available in well over 90 percent of ESPN leagues and yet could consume the valuable majority of early-down work for the Redskins this week. You might not know how to properly pronounce his name, but don’t let that stop you from considering Perine against an Oakland front that has yielded the ninth-most yards to tailbacks since the second half of last season. -J.M.
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In Week 1, Posting 100 yards and a touchdown as a rusher while adding three receptions for 24 yards — all against a Houston defense that expected a heavy dose of Fournette — should inspire confidence that he can produce on a weekly basis. On paper, the Titans’ defense presents less of a threat than that of the Texans, so Fournette should be in for another good week. — Stephania Bell

he’s happy to be contributing from the start.

It’ll be interesting to see how teams game plan for the Bears down the stretch as they take Cohen into consideration. But as the Bears do their own future game-planning, there’s no doubt they’re excited about his potential.

I think the secret’s out on what he have in him, Glennon said. We knew how good he was going to be with us, and he showed that today.

And while Cohen would have preferred a victory, he’s happy to be contributing from the start.

It felt great to still be able to produce like that at this level, he said. Coming from college (and) scoring touchdowns every game, and to just start my NFL career with a touchdown, it feels great.

Elite Youth Nick Folk Jersey Why would you bring in a guy who could split a locker room? As a quarterback, you’re supposed to be a leader, the one guy who can bridge divides. I’m not sure Kap is that guy right now.

Elite Youth Jeff Beukeboom Jersey The GM said his organization discussed the possibility of signing Kaepernick earlier this year, and he explained why the team made the decision not to move forward.

It has nothing to do with his play, he said. When we talked about the possibility, explored the possibility — and it was very casual — we had to weigh the pros and cons. He’s a quarterback, he’s a fine quarterback. But look at the baggage he brings. If you’re an established team, you don’t want that coming in. There’s a perception he’d kill a locker room because he’s such a distraction. He’s not worth the risk given the baggage.

Even a diminished Brown would be a considerable upgrade from the disjointed efforts of the team’s Week 1 line.

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Former undrafted free agent Kendall Lamm topped the team’s depth chart at left tackle while Jets releasee Breno Giacomini held down the right, with longtime utility tackle Chris Clark spelling each. Slotting Brown back into the lineup not only gives the team its best pass blocker back, but also allows the players who have been covering for him to return to positions where they’re more comfortable and useful.

The Texans have a win-now defense which they owe a competent counterpart. There’s a quick fix to Houston’s biggest problem, but it won’t be cheap. Paying Duane Brown would add stability to a line that got its quarterback buried under a sea of pass rushers in Week 1. However, it won’t fix a defense that somehow gave up 29 points to Blake Bortles Sunday.

He said he repeatedly asked officers what he had done and they told him to shut up. They eventually released him after confirming his identity but without any legitimate justification for the officers’ abusive conduct.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department tweeted that the incident is under investigation and would be address publicly later Wednesday.

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On choosing to join the Steelers and interest from other teams: Once I got released, my agent hit me up and just let me know the options that I had. There was a lot of teams that were interested, so that was nice. But we talked about Pittsburgh, the interest, how excited they were I was available. It wasn’t too hard of a decision. We had Oakland, the Cowboys and New Orleans. And Miami. It just felt like a fit for me, man.

Are you the type of fan who would throw snowballs at Santa Claus?

I’ve warned Titans fans against overconfidence, simply because Marcus Mariota hasn’t shown he can stay healthy, let alone consistently elevate his team when called upon as a passer. But because Tennessee plays in the AFC South while also drawing games against Cleveland, San Francisco and Denver, the Titans trail only Indianapolis for most games against Tier 4 QBs. They have six. Indy has seven.

The Browns take heat for starting so many different QBs over the years, but the Texans have led the league in that category since Bill O’Brien took over as head coach. Houston has had eight starters over that span, one more than the Browns have had. Deshaun Watson will become the 10th at some point, but when?

If you’re not the type of person to just jump on the Patriots bandwagon, perhaps you’d prefer to go in the opposite direction and root for the team that has beaten the Evil Empire twice in the Super Bowl. That would be the New York Giants.

Are you the type of fan who would throw snowballs at Santa Claus? Or maybe tailgates with Philly cheesesteaks and crab fries sound like they’re up your alley. Check out the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles fans are passionate, to say the least, and they love to hate the other teams in the NFC East, especially the Cowboys.

The biggest surprise in the Week 1 loss to Philadelphia was Kirk Cousins’ inability to connect with tight end Jordan Reed. He finished with just five catches for 36 yards. Tight ends were supposed to be a key part of the game plan. “I was getting open,” Reed said. “There was a lot of pressure in his face and he wasn’t able to go through all his progressions.”steelers_127

NFL hires 21 full-time game officials to work year-round

Game Scott Simonson Jersey The NFL on Wednesday named the 21 officials it has hired on a full-time basis in an attempt to improve every aspect of NFL officiating.

The most recognizable names on the list are the four referees who have been elevated to full-time employees — Walt Anderson, Jerome Boger, Pete Morelli and Brad Allen — but all seven officiating positions are represented.

The remaining 103 officials who will make up the 2017 roster will continue to work on a part-time basis, but the league believes the year-round duties assigned to the full-timers will help raise the level of officiating throughout the league.
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We believe that we will learn a great deal over the course of this initial year working with the full-time game officials, Alberto Riveron, the league’s new senior vice president of officiating, said in a release. Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: His was quite the comeback, as his first pass attempt of the season was a pick-six, returned 82 yards by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, and he was unable to get anything going while his Lions fell behind by 10 points before he managed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr. more than 26 minutes into the game. Stafford completed three more touchdown passes, however, en route to a 27.1 fantasy point performance, his most since Week 6 of last season and his 11th best in 110 career NFL games.

Jesse James, TE, Steelers: Vance who? Clearly sensing competition for targets following Vance McDonald’s acquisition, James made the most of a sizable opening-week opportunity, reeling in six of his eight targets for 22.1 PPR and 16.1 non-PPR fantasy points. Both were easily career highs, and they greatly increase the chance that he should remain the team’s go-to tight end in the Steelers’ passing game, at least for another week.

The Packers and Steelers in the same division should make for two of the better regular-season games every year

The Dome wasn’t very old, but Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted a state-of-the-art facility for his NFL and MLS teams and was willing to pitch in a huge amount of money to make it happen. The new building cost about $1.5 billion, with Blank’s group paying for the bulk of it. The city of Atlanta authorized a $200 million contribution of its own.

Just so much grit here. Football has its roots in the blue collar trades around the Great Lakes, and no teams embody that lineage more than the Packers and Steelers. I’m putting the Browns in here too. Even though they’re named after Paul Brown, they really are the story of the Rust Belt in football form. And, yeah, the 49ers are named for a grizzled old prospector with a pick axe, but we have to make some compromises to get these divisions to work.

The Packers and Steelers in the same division should make for two of the better regular-season games every year. I’m sure the 49ers and Browns will be relevant someday too; hang in there! For now, I’d say the Steelers would win out. Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown would just confuse the hell out of Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers when the game actually counted.

Game Mens Carl Banks Jersey Elliott had his appeal heard last week in New York, with three days of testimony lasting 25 hours from Elliott and multiple experts and witnesses, though Thompson was not allowed to be called. It was revealed during the hearing that the league’s lead investigator, Kia Wright Roberts, was not at the meeting in which Goodell and the four advisors concluded Elliott needed to be suspended. Roberts was the only NFL employee to interview Thompson, doing so six times, and she recommended Elliott not be disciplined.

Game Mens Denver Broncos Jersey That is among the reasons the NFLPA has gone to court to continue the fight on Elliott’s behalf, believing the process lacks fundamental fairness. The NFL counters that the Deflategate case involving Tom Brady set the precedent that Goodell has the right to make such decisions.

There are those with more belief in the Jets, though.

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Even at giant odds, bets on the Jets have been few and far between. Since moving the Jets to 1,000-1 to win the Super Bowl in late August, the Westgate had taken just six bets, totaling $55.

Not surprisingly, the Jets have attracted the fewest Super Bowl bets of any team at William Hill’s Nevada sportsbooks, with the largest wager only $120. There have been three $50 bets on the Jets to win the AFC East at William Hill.

Jermey Parnell Authentic Jersey There are those with more belief in the Jets, though.

Earlier in the year, a bettor at sportsbook operator CG Technology put $500 on the Jets to win the Super Bowl, when their odds were only 125-1. That bet would pay $63,000.

Cunningham, part of ABC’s broadcast crew for the game, spoke out about Iowa’s treatment of Beathard in several interviews. He told ESPN’s Mike and Mike on Friday that after seeing Beathard hobbling during the game, I wanted to go get in a fistfight with the coaches over it because they abused that kid, flat-out.

Former football player and ESPN/ABC analyst Ed Cunningham told The New York Times that part of the reason he left his job was his discomfort with the dangers of the sport.

Cunningham, who played offensive line in college and in the NFL, resigned from broadcasting in April after almost 20 years. He told the New York Times last week he was uncomfortable promoting a sport that produced so many serious injuries for players.