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NFL finds no wrongdoing by Patriots in Tom Brady concussion probe

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.nike_steelers_3681

They’re supposed to have three stripes on each sleeve

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.

Sometimes Brady eats meat if it’s lean or fish if it’s salmon.

Tom Brady, as far as we can tell, eats basically only lentils and does shots of wheatgrass (not a bean) if he’s feeling frisky. Guy Fieri definitely eats lentils, and all beans, but his beans are probably usually doused in barbecue sauce. Whatever, still counts.

Tom Brady eats lettuce, for sure. He probably eats it on purpose. As in, like, a salad. Guy Fieri seems most likely to eat lettuce on a burger by accident. Still — a leaf is a leaf.

Tom Brady usually doesn’t eat tomatoes, but his chef says that they “trickle in occasionally.” Guy Fieri definitely eats tomatoes, probably mostly as ketchup.

Sometimes Brady eats meat if it’s lean or fish if it’s salmon. Guy Fieri lives in a meat house, sleeps in a meat bed, and brushes his teeth with hot dogs. So yes, this is an area of overlap. Just not when it comes to the fatty stuff.

The Vikings were so convinced they had the tools to be a Super Bowl contender in 2016 that the team traded away a first-round pick to get Sam Bradford when Teddy Bridgewater went down with a knee injury. The team’s offense struggled anyway, but that was mostly the fault of an offensive line that couldn’t create space or protect Bradford.

The offensive line still looks like a big question mark for the Vikings, and it will again have to be on the team’s defense to lead the way in 2017. That’s a similar narrative to the one the Jets had before their collapse in 2016 and the Broncos had before going from Super Bowl champion to 9-7. Riding a good defense doesn’t work as often as you’d think.

Mesmerizing GIFs show NBA stars transforming from rookies to veterans

Today’s NBA veterans have changed a lot since their rookie seasons.

Just check out these amazing GIFs, created by, that show the facial transformations of NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Chris “Birdman” Andersen.

It’s safe to say that Durant has changed the least, while Chris “The Birdman” Andersen has changed the most.

Fox really seems to have turned the corner from a knee injury suffered earlier in the season. He put in his best performances of the campaign during the SEC Tournament, and has tossed up over 17 points per game over his last six contests.

Fox will need to keep improving his strength physically in order to deal with the grind of long seasons, but he affects the game in so many ways on both ends of the floor that it’s difficult to see him not translating in some capacity. If he irons out the jump shot, he could end up being a top-10 point guard at the next level.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen more of the razor’s edge that Monk lives on as a prospect due to his singular nature of his prospectdom. Monk at this stage is essentially just a scorer, albeit an elite one.

Neither of those mean anything if Thomas doesn’t know what to do with it, of course, which brings us to the final point..

Thomas’ attitude isn’t something we can measure as easily as his scoring ability or the impact his teammates have on his success, but it explains how he’s been able to sustain this historic run. Earlier in the season Thomas told Mass Live that his teammates count on him to carry them in the fourth quarter, and he can “just go out there without a care in the world.” The latter is somewhat reflective in his quarter-by-quarter scoring breakdown.steelers_125

Thomas had gotten a foot caught up with Wizards center Marcin Gortat and hit the floor face first.

“I’m not dealing with that,” Morris said. “I said what I had to say to him. It is what it is. Hard foul.”

Earlier, Thomas had gotten a foot caught up with Wizards center Marcin Gortat and hit the floor face first. Thomas then whacked his head on the nose of Porter with 7:47 to play in the third quarter and, finally, it felt like we had a real Celtics-Wizards series on our hands: There was blood. Porter returned once the bleeding stopped, but before he did, Thomas and Morris each were hit with technical fouls for being too aggressively chatty with each other during the ensuing timeout.

Now, that’s more like it. There has not been much defense played in this series through two games, but we should still get the kind of rough-and-tumble Celtics-Wizards shenanigans that this series was billed to be. And with the Wizards heading back to Washington in a near-desperate situation in Game 3, we could see more.

“We’re not playing tough enough,” Morris said. “We had the advantage late in the game, and all we had to do was play tough. We didn’t have to make shots, we didn’t have to get stops, we just had to play tough.”

Hey, that might mean more blood.

Now we’re talking. This is what an intriguing first-round matchup looks like. Two explosive teams with championship aspirations will clash earlier than they probably would have hoped, but the winner of this series can make a big run.

Russell Westbrook entered the record book with his legendary season. Not only did he pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a season, but he also averaged a triple-double (31.6 ppg., 10.7 rpg., 10.4 apg.). He needs help from Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter to win this series, though.

James Harden is ready to lead Houston past his former team after averaging 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game. The Rockets were just 4-5 in their last nine games, but they have an explosive backcourt and a number of versatile bodies in the paint.falcons_098

Blue Jays beer thrower sentenced to probation

Ken Pagan, the Toronto man who threw a nearly full beer at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during a playoff game, has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and ordered to stay away from major league ballparks for one year.

“I have been a passionate baseball fan since getting hooked as an eight-year-old in the summer of 1983 and I am fully aware of the disgrace I brought to the game and the embarrassment this caused, particularly to the Toronto Blue Jays organization and the great fans of Toronto,” Pagan said in court, via The Star.

Freeman played nine innings at third base for Triple-A Gwinnett across two games Saturday and Monday. That marked his only game action at a position other than first base since he played five games at third in the Gulf Coast League in 2007.

But that’s the side of the diamond Freeman will call home for now, thanks to Matt Adams’ hot hitting since he was acquired to step in for Freeman after the All-Star suffered a broken wrist May 17.

Freeman was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season when he was injured, slashing .341/.461/.748 with 14 homers in 37 games. Adams, meanwhile, has a .285/.333/.589 slash line with 12 homers in 39 games since coming to Atlanta.

Now the second-place (albeit below .500) Braves will try to maximize their offensive output with both bats in the lineup.

Le’Veon Bell not expected to need groin surgery

During Super Bowl LI week, Le’Veon Bell said he was hoping to avoid groin surgery. It appears the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back accomplished that goal.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Bell is not expected to undergo surgery after visiting doctors after the playoffs. Bell has not scheduled surgery yet, which would have happened by now if necessary, per Rapoport.

“It really was special over the last decade,” Rivers said, via “The only regret I have is not winning it all while we were here. It’s something we always wanted to do and get done for this community and for our team.”

Rivers added: “It has been very special to be a San Diego Charger. And I hope that you can always see me as that.”

The Chargers’ quarterback said he considered the possible move to Los Angeles when signing his contract extension in 2015. After 13 years in San Diego, Rivers likely won’t find the same connection in L.A., but he’ll still fight to earn that elusive championship.

“I know it’ll be different, but just know that … I’ll play like crazy and fight like crazy, as a Los Angeles Charger, just like I did for you guys,” he said. “And I know y’all can respect and understand that. But I hope you also know that I will always be playing for San Diego as well.”

Of course, the smart money is on him remaining in New England and the smart money is on the Patriots offering him a little bit of a raise from his insanely team-friendly, one-year, $1 million deal last season. And if that’s the case, would Blount take a little more money to go elsewhere instead of remaining in the place where he’s productive, beloved and at peace?

Jadeveon Clowney returns to Texans practice, says he’s ‘tired of hitting blocking dummies’

Quarterbacks beware: Jadeveon Clowney is back on the practice field. The Texans activated last year’s No. 1 overall pick from the PUP list Monday, and eased him back into the swing of things.

“The rehab process can be monotonous,” head coach Bill O’Brien said to the media Monday. “He put in the work. We are going to ease him in and then ramp him up.”

There is no word on whether Clowney will be ready to play Week 1 against the Chiefs, but the fact that he’s practicing again is a good sign. For his part, Clowney said he is ecstatic to get back on to the field.

No big deal, that’s just Manuel connecting with Deonte Thompson for a 51-yard touchdown two drives removed from imminent disaster. Manuel isn’t out of this thing yet.

It’s easy to overlook the fact that kickers have a tough job in the NFL; even from short distances nothing is guaranteed. Still, a kicker is reasonably expected to convert on all the extra point attempts he tries because, well … there’s a reason it’s called an extra point. About that:

That’s Titans kicker Ryan Succop completely shanking the kick and missing an extra point on Friday. This is Succop’s second season with the Titans after five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He converted 86.4 percent of his field goals last season, and made all 27 of his extra point attempts, so there’s not really cause for concern. These things just happen in the preseason.

“It’s going to be great when I can get back out there and rush the passer. I’m tired of hitting blocking dummies that don’t hit back,” Clowney said to reporters after practice, via NFL Media.

Mike Mularkey will probly get the axe too and the Lions should fire Caldwell

Wellcome to the Monday Morning BM, just a word of warning your probably not prepared to handle the strong football takes and barrelfire NFL truths that you never knew your Mondays were missing. This column is written for and by a REAL fan of the NFL. Its designed to be read on your Monday Morning commode break after a long Sunday eating Authentic Baltimore Ravens Jersey bad-for-you food and drinking beers. If you care more about SPELLING then you do about TELLING theres the door because this columns not for you.

Coaching search season is here or as the Browns fans call it, their Los Angeles Rams Kids Jersey periodic reminder to change the batterys in the smoke detectors. Despite many big names like Chan Gaily, maybe Romeo Crennel, and a guy that met Joe Philbin one time, being linked to Clevelands vacancy, reader Mike points out that they need to just turn into the skid and bring in Steve Sarkisian.

You cant spell “coaching carousel” without “carouse.” The Browns just hired a coaching search firm and are paying them huge amounts of money to basicaly track down Doug Marrone and Pat Shurmurs cell phone numbers when they could just call Johnny Manzell and ask him to pass the phone to Steve if he’s awake. Sarkisian and Manzell would have great chemistry and mutual repsect and a unspoken connecton that they wrap walk-though the hell up early on Friday so they can make it down to the horseshoe, but not only that but they would also combine for some explosive onfield results.

Before joining the Chargers, Reich was a wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 and coached quarterbacks and wide receivers with the Indianapolis Colts in the three seasons prior. Reich entered the coaching ranks following a 13-year career in the NFL as a quarterback for the Bills, Panthers, Jets and Lions.

Expected to possibly follow Reich out of San Diego is defensive coordinator John Pagano, who is “particularly at risk” of losing his job, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Chargers finished the 2015 season 4-12, their worst mark since 2003, one year before the team added quarterback Philip Rivers in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Lions come from behind to win (again) and take control of NFC North

The Detroit Lions never make it easy on themselves this season. Not ever. Not once. Yet these are the moments quarterback Matthew Stafford lives for. These are the games the Lions are so comfortable in at this point.

Trailing in the fourth quarter? No Jim Plunkett Authentic Jersey problem. Need a big defensive play in a big moment? No problem. If you’re trying to figure out how the Lions might end up as a playoff team and as an NFC North winner, it was encapsulated in the final five minutes Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Stafford drove the Lions down the field for a game-tying field goal. Darius Slay intercepted Sam Bradford deep in Vikings territory on a third down. And then Matt Prater made a field goal to give the Lions a 16-13 victory and so much more.

“I would love to be up by 14, but when you’re in that situation, if you shy away from it at all, in my experience, it’s tough to have a chance,” Stafford told ESPN earlier this week. “So you got to go out there and embrace it and make the guys out there feel as confident as you are.”

Newton’s drop statistically isn’t significant across the board. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Newton’s total quarterback rating is slightly higher (61.2) than it was after 10 games in 2015 (58.7).

But if the Panthers John Matuszak Authentic Jersey miss the playoffs, Newton will be in rarified air. The last reigning MVP quarterback to play 10-plus games and miss the playoffs was Boomer Esiason, who started 15 games for an 8-8 Cincinnati team in 1989. Esiason was 7-8 as the starter.

The last five MVP quarterbacks to miss the playoffs the following season all played eight or fewer games due to injuries.

Tom Brady was the last. He played one game in 2008 after being named the MVP the previous season.

Newton, who has missed only one game, doesn’t know why his numbers are better from Thanksgiving on. He doesn’t really care.

But despite it all, the Redskins had a chance. Just like they’ve had in other games. Make a few more plays in this game or others and the Redskins’ season looks a lot different.

“That’s just the difference in winning and losing in the NFL,” defensive end Chris Baker said. “One play here, one play there. We have to find a way to make those plays.”

This loss isn’t the end of the world, but it could have vaulted the team into a new place.