The NFL has found no evidence that the Patriots violated the league’s concussion protocol regarding any potential head injury to Tom Brady last season, a league spokesman said Wednesday.
The probe was initiated after Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, said during an interview on “CBS This Morning” in May that the quarterback had suffered a concussion during the 2016 season.
Jackson could not indicate whether Garrett’s availability for Sunday’s home opener against the Steelers would be affected, though Garrett was listed as limited on the team’s injury report.
“We’ll see,” Jackson added. “I don’t want to make medical decisions. I’m not very good at them. We’ll see where we are as we move through the week.”
Garrett is set to undergo a series of tests on his ankle, but a source close to the situation told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Garrett may be sidelined for multiple weeks.
Garrett, 21, had previously been hampered by an ankle sprain during his final season at Texas A&M last year and dealt with a minor foot issue in minicamp earlier this summer, but the injuries are not suspected to be related.
Most franchises in need of general managers hire outside consulting firms for recommendations. Detroit and the New York Jets went one step further, leaning heavily on two former GMs (Ernie Accorsi and Charley Casserly, respectively) before filling their positions with Bob Quinn and Mike Maccagnan — neither of whom had held the position before.
Rob Gronkowski left the field in the third quarter of Sunday’s game with the Saints after suffering a groin injury. The All-Pro tight end landed awkwardly after being tackled at the end of a 21-yard reception and walked gingerly off the field. He was later taken to the sideline injury tent for evaluation.
He did not return to the game, but afterward he said he was fine:
He didn’t just honor Moss with his dance. Diggs is also wearing some dope custom cleats that depict Moss mooning Green Bay Packers fans at the 2005 NFC Wild Card game.
The touchdown gave the Vikings a 10-3 lead over the Saints. But Diggs wasn’t done. If you have him on your fantasy team, congratulations, because he got in the end zone again. This time, he celebrated by trying to punt the ball right out of the stadium.
Unfortunately for Diggs, his second celebration cost him a Phil Dawson Youth Jersey cool $6,076. There are more relaxed celebration rules this year, but punting a ball to the moon still falls in the no-no category.
Believe it or not, only two players in Vikings history have scored two touchdowns in a season opener. It’s Diggs, and guess who else?
Two teams with big questions behind center meet at 8:30 p.m. ET Prince Amukamara Youth Jersey Thursday in Cincinnati (TV: NFL Network, NBC in Houston and Cincinnati markets) with hopes of turning around a gruesome start to their 2017 seasons. The Bengals and Texans each got underwhelming performances from their quarterbacks Sunday, and somehow the worst showing wasn’t from a career backup or rookie passer, but veteran Pro Bowler Andy Dalton.
The Miami Dolphins suspended starting outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday.
Timmons went AWOL from the team unexpectedly this past weekend and did not play in Sunday’s 19-17 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Timmons signed a two-year, $10 million contract in March, but he has not played a regular-season game.
Former NFL linebacker Brandon Siler, who runs the company Legacy Pro Sports, which helps guide retired players through the claims process, said Monday that he’s providing a valuable service to players who need it. It was among the client services providers cited at the hearing.
Siler said the claims process wasn’t as easy as advertised, especially for men suffering cognitive impairment.
I don’t mislead, he said. I don’t take advantage of my guys. I am there for them.
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David Willingham, a lawyer for RD Legal Funding, also named during the hearing, said his clients acted in accordance with the law and vigorously disputes all the allegations raised.
Saying Saints running back Adrian Peterson is excited to take on his former team, the Vikings, in Week 1 may be a bit of an understatement.
Of course I want to stick it to them, Peterson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I want to stick it to everyone we play. But going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them.
Peterson had some great and rough moments in 10 seasons with the Vikings, ranging from a season in which he finished 9 yards short of the single-season rushing record, to one in which he missed 15 games while dealing with claims of child abuse in 2015.
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I’m gonna pass. About to live in this sauna the next 24 hours, Elliott said in a text.
Arbitrator Harold Henderson is slated to rule on Elliott’s appeal of his six-game suspension handed down by the league for alleged domestic violence. But the NFLPA filed a motion for a temporary restraining order on Elliott’s behalf that would put his suspension on hold, and a hearing on that is set for Tuesday.
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In the fourth quarter, BeastMode let Titans’ defensive end Karl Klug let him know what he thought of whatever banter was had between the two.
Lynch wanted to make sure he wasn’t going to get fined, so he interrupted Jack Del Rio’s presser. I was available for 3 minutes, Lynch says in the background. They didn’t holler at me. I’m good, right?
Well, it almost happened for the Dolphins’ Jordan Phillips, who hustled every bit of his 333-pound frame toward the end zone when he picked off Wentz:
It looked like a touchdown at first, but he was ruled out at the 2-yard line after replay. At least big guys coming up with interceptions is still fun to watch.
Smith had his first touchdown since signing with Philadelphia on Thursday. It was a beauty. Wentz heaves this one under pressure, and Smith is wide, wide open and into the end zone with ease:
What about the quarterback pointing to defenders outside the box while looking at the WR? Well that’s to let the WR know who his “hot” player is. I’m sure y’all have heard the term “hot route.” A hot route, or sight if it’s weak, is designed to get the ball out quickly during a pressure. The protectors on a certain play can only account for X amount of people. If one extra than X blitzes, that’s when a WR runs his hot route. This is what the quarterback is reminding the WR, who might not see who the center is pointing out.
Lastly, pointing is a sign that the quarterback knows what he’s doing. Lots of young quarterbacks are busy reading the defense or focusing on other things to be on the same page as the line. That’s how you get unfortunate quarterback hits, like the one Christian Hackenberg of the Jets recently took.
The most unexpected development Week 1 for the Eagles was the way their secondary stepped up when Ronald Darby left with an ankle injury. QB Kirk Cousins and WR Terrelle Pryor (6 catches, 66 yards) were kept in check, and second-year player Jalen Mills came up with a big INT. There are still many questions surrounding this CB group, particularly if Darby is down for an extended period of time, but they acquitted themselves well against Washington with help from the defensive front.
Ravens running back Danny Woodhead will miss the next 4 to 6 weeks after re-injuring his hamstring Sunday against the Bengals, according to NFL Network.
Woodhead, who missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, was off to a good start in Week 1 with three receptions for 33 yards, and one carry for four yards before leaving in the first half.
Woodhead missed most of last season after tearing his ACL. The former Chargers star then moved to Baltimore this offseason to help the Ravens on third downs.
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But before I can change the channel, Scott Tolzien throws a touchdown, but to the defense. The Rams are up 10-0 barely three minutes into the game.
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You and I, we’re friends, right? We’ve gotten this far in this football LiveJournal together, and so it’s time you knew the truth: I am a Seahawks fan, and for the next three hours, the TV will be on this game. If you are a Panthers fan who wants to read about the 49ers game, you should leave this page now before you get even more disappointed.
Jones has gotten really into his Jet nickname. A quick scan of Jones’ Twitter account reveals that he’s even started his own hashtag, #JetLife, to celebrate the name. His new line of apparel is centered around his Jet persona, too. There’s no question that Jones would jump at the chance to show off his nickname during a game, too.
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Dobbs was immediately thrust into a starting role with the Steelers — but it was just for the team’s preseason opener as Ben Roethlisberger stayed glued to the sideline. Returns on that opening performance were mixed. He completed just over 50 percent of his passes and threw a pair of interceptions, but the franchise will bank on him to overtake underwhelming Landry Jones as he develops as an NFL quarterback.
The University of Pittsburgh hasn’t produced a good NFL quarterback since Dan Marino, but that hasn’t stopped Bills fans — and players — from hitching their wagon to Peterman. As the team’s only healthy passer — starter Tyrod Taylor and backup T.J. Yates are both currently in the league’s concussion protocol — he’ll have the opportunity to start Thursday’s preseason game and potentially beyond. With Buffalo selling assets for draft picks in what looks like a tanking year, Peterman could be in line for regular season playing time as the team evaluates its roster.
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With backup quarterback Paxton Lynch expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season, the Denver Broncos quickly turned to a familiar face Saturday, signing Brock Osweiler to a one-year deal.
Osweiler, who spent his first four years in the league with the Broncos, was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this week. The Broncos will pay Osweiler the veterans’ minimum of $775,000.
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The Browns, who owed Osweiler $16 million after his release, will now pay him $15.225 million. Osweiler’s deal with the Broncos is pending a physical on Monday.
It takes a lot of time, obviously a lot of effort, and a lot of fights just to get in the position to where you’re making a lot of money, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com said. People think that just because you make it to the UFC that you’ve made it 鈥?and it can take you 10 years to get to the UFC 鈥?but typically unless you’re some kind of big free agent signing that they’ve signed, you’re going to come in making $10,000 to show and $10,000 if you win. You might get a bonus here and there, but you’re not making big money at all.
Thomas and Wilson are irreplaceable, so the Seahawks are building around them. They added depth up front by trading for Sheldon Richardson, who will take over after top selection Malik McDowell suffered what appears to be a career-threatening injury over the summer. General manager John Schneider finally invested in his offensive line, locking up Justin Britt and signing Luke Joeckel to play guard on a one-year deal. Left tackle is still a problem with George Fant’s torn ACL — Rees Odhiambo is the replacement — but if the stars stay healthy, everyone knows the Seahawks are going to be in the discussion come January.
Then there’s this: For the past eight seasons, the Niners’ sleeve stripes have been in this weird limbo. They’re supposed to have three stripes on each sleeve, but most players have had just one full stripe and one or two partial stripes. This year, they’re giving up on the triple-stripe idea and giving everyone two full stripes, which are thicker than the ones used in the past. It’s an odd solution, given that other teams are able to have three full stripes, but at least it’s an improvement (further info can be found in this statement from Roger Hacker, the team’s director of corporate communications).
Kevin Seifert, national NFL writer: Bears over Falcons. Yep, going there. I’m falling for all of the Falcons’ “hangover” storylines. Relatedly, I think the Bears will be much more competent than conventional wisdom suggests. They have a decent chance to control the ball against the Falcons’ defense and limit QB Matt Ryan’s opportunities.
Saturday, Aug. 26, marks the one-year anniversary of Colin Kaepernick choosing not to rise to his feet for the playing of the national anthem. Here’s a look back at was written about that moment and some of the notable talking points and reactions that followed.
Asked to assess whether he feels his original cause has become diluted in the national conversation, Kaepernick added: I don’t worry about people losing track of what the message is, because I’ve been true to the message. I’m against systematic oppression, and voting is a part of that system. I’ve talked at length about why I believe that.
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As part of the restructured deal, the 49ers didn’t want to risk having to pay Kaepernick $14.5 million in 2017 if he gets hurt this year. With Kaepernick now playing well despite San Francisco’s 10 straight losses, the 49ers might be more inclined to pay Kaepernick a lower salary with more guaranteed money instead of the current pay-as-you-go model.
It took about a week to raise the money,” he said, adding that they got the idea after seeing the Beaumont team honored at the Super Bowl. We saw how easy it was to come together and make an impact.” It also gave them a chance, he said, to send those kids a message that it’s OK to take a stand for yourself.”