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Antonio Brown injury update: Steelers WR questionable for MNF

Antonio Brown missed Steelers practice Friday and Saturday with a toe injury and is listed as questionable for Monday night’s matchup with the Bengals.

The league disputed Jones’ claims with a very direct shot at him.

“Your description of the proposed extension is so at odds with the actual facts that we can only conclude that you are either uninformed or seek deliberately to mislead the other owners.”

When news first broke that Jones was threatening to sue, it was not at all clear what the basis was for the potential lawsuit. This letter clarifies it — he’s trying to get the contract out of the committee’s hands and back to the full group of owners, in the hopes that he can rally enough of them to block Goodell’s deal and send the commissioner packing.

The Jaguars have gotten the ball back with the game still tied. Once again, Blake Bortles has a chance to be the hero, which is to say: He throws another interception. Phil Dawson kicks a 57-yard field goal and the Cardinals win.

As the games wrap up, I knead the mixture that will become tonight’s meatloaf. I won’t go into my mother’s full recipe although putting a recipe at the end of 4000 words of derivative bullshit would make this a typical internet recipe but the combination of ground beef, ground pork, raw egg, bread crumbs, and various sauces and spices is less than pleasant.

It gets better as I go, though, and after I shape the loaf and wash my hands, I put the pan in the oven and watch RedZone’s touchdown montage. It goes on a little too long, but then, so do most things about the NFL.chargers_010

Bucs expect Jameis Winston to play again this season

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston missed last week’s game against the Jets with a shoulder injury, but coach Dirk Koetter expects his star back on the field at some point this season.

The Bucs (3-6) are last in the NFC South and three games behind the Seahawks for the final wild-card spot. Winston is out this week against the Dolphins.

“Ryan Fitzpatrick will be our starter this week, we know that much because Jameis will be out again this week,” Koetter said. “And Ryan Griffin will go into the week as a backup. If the opportunity ever presented itself, it would be good while we have this situation to get Ryan Griffin into a game and he’s been doing well in practice.

“But it would never be just because we want to see him get into a game. It would have to be the right opportunity and we’ll have to see if that ever comes up or not.”

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent texted Kaepernick on Oct. 31 to see if he would be willing to meet individually with commissioner Roger Goodell, reported Tuesday.

Vincent wanted to tell Kaepernick about the talks between team owners and players and the progress being made when the invitation was extended.

Kaepernick has yet to give an answer about meeting Goodell, according to the report.

The text comes against the backdrop of the grievance Kaepernick filed against the league at the beginning of October under the collective bargaining agreement, which alleges collusion against the free-agent quarterback to prevent him from signing with an NFL team.

Kaepernick tweeted after filing the grievance that he did so “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”

Smart expects nothing less.

Barrett was 33 for 39 for 328 yards and four touchdown passes, three in the fourth quarter after the Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) were down 35-20. He also ran for 95 yards on 17 carries. In the fourth quarter, he was 13 for 13 for 170 yards.

“We don’t care about what anyone else thinks about J.T. because we know what we think about J.T. and what he brings to the table,” said Terry McLaurin, who caught Barrett’s first TD pass of the game, which gave the quarterback 91 in his career to break Drew Brees’ Big Ten record.

“At the end of the day, it comes back to our preparation and how we prepare. … I know our guys will go compete, and we plan on showing up.”

He knows how tough the Gamecocks can be, especially with sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley at the controls of an offense that has averaged 32.3 points over its last three games.

“Rebounding has got to be better. Turn it over less. Make a few more shots. Pretty simple stuff, but it’s the NBA, so it’s hard. Teams are defending you. You’re in tough places like this and so, it’s hard work. But you’ve got to get it done.”

Mavericks: Travel to face Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Jazz: Host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Kelly Olynyk scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 18 for Miami — which was again without center Hassan Whiteside, out for a fifth consecutive game with a bruised left knee. Bam Adebayo started again in his place and had the best game of his rookie season, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

“It was great to see,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the rookie’s stat line, which came against a star in Towns.


Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, issued a statement clarifying the invitation.

The first interception was taken by Telvin Smith off a deflection from the line of scrimmage and taken 28 yards for a touchdown. On the next drive, Jalen Ramsey deflected a pass into the arms of Barry Church who took it 51 yards for another touchdown that gave the Jaguars a 20-9 lead.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is credited for starting the movement by kneeling during the national anthem, was invited but did not attend the meeting, according to Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins said he did not know why.

Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, issued a statement clarifying the invitation.

Colin Kaepernick was not invited to attend today’s meeting by any official from the NFL or any team executives, he said. Other players wanted him present and have asked that he attend the next meeting with the goal of forging a lasting and faithful consensus around these issues. Mr. Kaepernick is open to future participation on these important discussions.

Randolph then showed a replay from afar, followed by a top down shot of Hayward. TNT showed the medical team taking care of Hayward but the cameras did not get too close. Viewers saw Hayward coming off court on a stretcher shaking his head and then another camera gave a brief shot of him being wheeled into the locker room. Over the next three quarters, reporter Kristen Ledlow provided updates on Hayward’s condition and possible transfer points from the arena. (The Celtics announced that Hayward fractured his left ankle.)

From the joint NFL-NFLPA statement last week on the meeting, the goal is to seek “a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized.”

The national anthem became a talking point in the NFL last season after Kaepernick started sitting for in protest of the police brutality and inequalities that people of color in America still face today. Kaepernick switched from sitting to a kneel, and other players followed his example.

How Embiid’s new deal could work, plus Philly’s other options

Editor’s note: Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed to a $148 million extension on Monday that includes incentives — such as millions of more dollars for making the All-NBA team — and protection against injury, with specific details on those clauses still unreported. This piece has been updated to reflect the news.

The evidence against Embiid receiving a lucrative extension from the 76ers was overwhelming: two seasons (164 games) missed due to a recurring right foot issue and a third season cut prematurely with a left knee injury that eventually resulted in a March surgery. Embiid also did not play in a back-to-back last season as the Sixers monitored his minutes. Until recently, Embiid had not been cleared to participate in 5-on-5 in practice and still has not played in a preseason game.

When the Boston Celtics convened to watch film of the games two days later, coach Brad Stevens made sure to spotlight the sequence.

While it was Latavius Murray that handled early work for the Vikings backfield, McKinnon emerged in Week 5 as RB3, toting the rock 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdown while also adding six catches for 51 yards. McKinnon is a superb athlete that played two thirds of the Vikings’ snaps on Monday night of Week 5. While we forecasted that Murray had a chance to seize the starting role following Dalvin Cook’s season-ending injury, it sure looks like McKinnon gives Minnesota its best option going forward. A priority add for all size leagues.

Will we see Williams soon? It’s getting closer, as has been reported by colleague and NFL Insider extraordinaire Adam Schefter. Williams was the seventh overall pick in the draft for a reason — he’s an immense physical talent. Yes, it’s a crowded group of pass-catchers already, but if you want a flier who has unique upside, Williams fits the bill.ravens_015

The contract extension Sproles signed with the Eagles last year expires after this season.

Beyond Sproles’ recovery from injury and personal desire to play, it likely will be up to another franchise to decide whether his career extends to a 13th year.

If it does not, let the Hall of Fame debate begin. Tomlinson, who himself was inducted earlier this year, will happily endorse his former teammate and current friend.

And Tomlinson likely will not be alone in that endorsement. The reason Sproles deserves consideration might have been said best by another former teammate of Sproles, Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

“I think a Darren Sproles only comes around once in your lifetime, in my career and in everybody’s career,” Brees said in 2014 after his team traded Sproles to Philadelphia for a fifth-round draft pick. “There may be another one 15, 20 years from now. But there’s not many guys like Darren Sproles.”

Two first-round picks by Snead in All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald (2014) and linebacker Alec Ogletree (2013) lead a defense now coordinated by Wade Phillips. It’s a unit that has allowed plenty of yards and points but also has forced seven turnovers.

I can relate to the pressure Snead has been under as a first-time GM working to improve his team. In my first year as Vikings GM in 1991, we went 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Our coach Jerry Burns retired, and we brought in Dennis Green as the new and younger coach, similar to Snead and the Rams moving from Jeff Fisher to McVay.nike_cardinals_511

Rob Gronkowski Jersey groin injury is probably not serious, but the Patriots will test it anyway

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.

Packers’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shifts blame away from Dom Capers … kind of

The Packers’ defense, which gave up 44 points in an NFC championship game loss and allowed 24.3 points per game in 2016 (21st in the NFL) is an easy target for offseason criticism.

Brown continued: “Domestic violence is not just physical abuse. We’re talking intimidation and threats, the attempt to control, body language. An abuser is going to abuse to a certain degree to acquire some kind of a reaction.”

During Roger Goodell’s press conference Wednesday, he briefly touched on the subject of Brown. He confirmed that there was still an ongoing investigation into his case.

“We do have an active investigation on Josh Brown,” Goodell said. “You know from last fall that we didn’t have all of the information from law enforcement. They released some of that at a later date. We now have that information, and we will continue that investigation. Until we have a final decision, we won’t be making any decisions about anyone’s eligibility on that front.”

Marshall has never been one to mince words about his playing potential. Before this season Marshall bet Steelers wideout Antonio Brown that if he had more total yardage at the end of the season, he wanted Brown’s Rolls-Royce. If Brown was the winner, he would snag Marshall’s Porsche.

Brown easily had more yards (1,284) than Marshall’s 788, and in fact so did the Jaguars’ Marqise Lee (851), Cowboys’ Cole Beasley (833) and even Cardinals running back David Johnson (879).

Marshall has had to contend with the likes of quarterbacks Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who he lobbied the Jets to re-sign this past season. Moving forward, Marshall is done trying to influence the Jets’ front office.


Falcons guard Hugh Thornton announces retirement at age 25

After battlng ankle, knee and shoulder injuries during his first four NFL seasons, Hugh Thornton has decided to walk away while he still can.

The offensive lineman has decided to retire from the NFL at the age of 25, and less than two months since joining the Falcons as a free agent.

The Falcons announced his retirement on Tuesday.

During halftime of that game, the team will also induct Manning into its Ring of Honor. The day before, a statue of Manning will be unveiled outside of Lucas Oil Stadium in a ceremony.

Seven previous Colts players have had their numbers retired: Johnny Unitas (19), Buddy Young (22), Lenny Moore (24), Art Donovan (70), Jim Parker (77), Raymond Berry (82) and Gino Marchetti (89).

“I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” Manning said.

Manning spent the first 13 seasons of his NFL career with the Colts, leading them to victory in Super Bowl 41. After several neck surgeries, he was released only to be scooped up by the Broncos for his final four NFL seasons.

He won Super Bowl 50 with Denver, making him the only starting quarterback in NFL history to lead two different teams to Super Bowl victories.

The Rams hired a young offensive hotshot as their coach, but that person was Sean McVay. The Bills went with a well-respected longtime defensive coordinator, but it was Sean McDermott. The 49ers, Broncos and Chargers went in different directions with their new head coaches.

Both teams came into the new league year with obvious needs.

If the boards falls like this, I have no idea what the Seahawks would do. There are a decent number of players still available who I would like to see them draft here, as well a few I’d just go nuts for, including Jordan Willis, who I was very close to taking before ultimately deciding Davis was too good to pass up at 58. The insane thing being that neither of these guys are corners, I took a tackle in Round 1, and Seattle fans reading this are probably cursing my name in ways that their parents would not be proud of.

Unless their parents were also Seahawks fans, in which they’d be saying the same curse. The fact of the matter is that while there are some decent corners left on the board — Jourdan Lewis, Ahkello Witherspoon, Shaquill Griffin — (they’ve met with all three of those guys), none are on the level of Davis and Willis athletically and as football players. Not yet, at least. (The “football players” part, because this athleticism can’t be taught.)

This year, the plan for both teams is to find help for their young quarterbacks to reach their full potential. They got a head start in free agency, and now the Rams and Eagles can further work to fix their weaknesses in the draft.

Both teams came into the new league year with obvious needs. The Rams had offensive line problems last season that hindered Goff’s growth. For the Eagles, Wentz’s best receiver dropped too many passes, and his No. 2 receiver simply wasn’t good.

On the first day of free agency, both teams addressed those areas. This week, those steps can turn into to greater strides with the right moves in the NFL draft.