It is crucial that TE Greg Olsen’s surgically repaired foot is sound and that he returns to the lineup to give QB Cam Newton another reliable receiver.
The Ravens are playing much better, with three straight wins, and securing a wild-card spot is a realistic possibility. Their meeting with the Steelers on Sunday night in Pittsburgh will be difficult but the Browns and Colts are up next after that.
But someone else was better. That someone else: Chris Carson, who picked up 46 yards on eight carries. Carson, the Seahawks’ seventh-round pick, also shined last week, when he rushed for 27 yards on six carries. In his first preseason game, he scored two touchdowns. Nobody should expect Carson to jump over Lacy on the depth chart, but Carson is making his case to claim a spot on the final roster.
As for Lacy, he simply hasn’t done enough to earn the starting job over his competition, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, both of whom didn’t play on Friday. So, expect some sort of backfield by committee in Seattle.
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett continued his protest against racial injustice by remaining seated for the national anthem. Once again, Justin Britt stood next to Bennett and placed his hand on his shoulder.
An easy argument can be made that Campbell has been the NFL’s best defensive player in 2017. His career-high in sacks (14.5) and his first career All-Pro selection are the tangibles, but in his first season with the Jaguars, Jacksonville went from a 3-13 team to a 10-6 team with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. That’s not a coincidence.
Gronk remains arguably the biggest matchup nightmare for defenses in the NFL. While the league’s best tight end didn’t set any career highs in 2017, his stats — 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns — were good enough for another All-Pro selection, his fourth in eight seasons.
Ramsey is in his second year as a pro, and many already consider the Jaguars’ cover man the best cornerback in football. His four interceptions, 17 passes defensed and 52 tackles in the regular season earned him an All-Pro selection for 2017.
Changes may be in store for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football schedule, according to reports on the bidding for the games’ media rights.
The league is going to make a watershed decision on whether to go for money or for distribution, media consultant Neal Pilson, formerly president of CBS Sports, told Bloomberg. With conventional networks like NBC or CBS you’re talking about distribution that’s reasonably guaranteed.
CBS and NBC paid a combined $450 million to air 10 games this past year, but in light of sagging TV ratings, they’re looking to pay less this time around.
The NFL is expected to announce its decision the week before or after the Super Bowl.
The league, in a letter from one of its attorneys to Jones’s lawyer, David Boies, says that Jones’s antics are damaging the League and reflect conduct detrimental to the League’s best interests.
Some owners are urging league leaders to consider possible disciplinary action against Jones for conduct detrimental to the NFL, people familiar with the situation said earlier this week. Potential disciplinary actions could include a fine, suspension or the loss of a draft pick or picks by the Cowboys.
But it’s possible the rights go to a purely digital company, which would mean the games would be streamed online exclusively, and not shown on traditional television. Amazon and Facebook have deep enough pockets to outbid any traditional media company, according to Bloomberg, and the NFL is willing to listen to online-only offers. Amazon paid $50 million for Thursday night streaming rights this past season.
The Titans looked like one of the league’s least interesting teams before last Saturday, when Mariota did a little bit of everything to lead Tennessee out of Kansas City with a playoff win. He’ll have to be similarly creative to push the Titans back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1999 season. That’s enough to land the franchise in the XXTH tier, despite a history of underwhelming performances in important games late in the 2017 season.
In the 14 seasons since Roethlisberger was taken by the Steelers with the No. 11 pick in the 2004 NFL draft, the Jaguars are one of only two opposing teams with a winning record at Heinz Field.
And those limitations mattered in New Orleans, where Sean Payton treasures versatility in all his skill players, all the same. But even if the fit wasn’t perfect, I won’t soon forget how his Saints teammates talked about his physical ability last spring. “You watch him and you’re like, Wow, I don’t see how anybody tackles that guy,” is how Drew Brees explained it. The Vikings people echoed that, even as Peterson walked out the door over last winter, and so maybe all he really did need was fit.
So how do the Cardinals give him thatWell, the offense was built to feature a big, downhill back in David Johnson, and with Johnson out of the equation (for now) with a dislocated wrist, swapping in Peterson actually made plenty of sense.
He’s embraced that persona, and he used it to raise money to help land adoptable pets forever homes through the Humane Society of Charlotte’s “Safe Bet, Adopt a Pet” initiative in 2016.
Penny, the goofball on the left, is a rescue dog, and she looks like she loves her dad’s shirt, too.
This shirt — and the visual representation of Riverboat Ron — comes courtesy of Joey Ellis, a Charlotte-based graphic designer. Ellis worked closely with the Rivera family, particularly Stephanie, to design Rivera’s alter ego.
Wilson is special too. In a crowded field led by Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz, Wilson’s an MVP candidate for getting Seattle to 5-2 while playing several Sundays in survival mode for getting hit so much. In this game, he put up 41 points … while his running backs rushed 16 times for five yards. That is not a misprint.
The NFL has reduced Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis’ suspension from two games to one for his blindside block that put Packers receiver Davante Adams in the concussion protocol, the league announced Tuesday.
Davis delivered the block against Adams during an interception return in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 31-24 win on Sunday.
Davis issued an apology for the hit after Adams accused the veteran linebacker of headhunting.
“I understand your frustration and I do apologize for the hit! In no way was I trying to hurt you. My first instinct was turn and make a block. In all sincerity I do apologize. I truly respect you as a player and I made a mistake!” Davis tweeted.
That was a few months back now.Give me a who has your back, and I’ll show you a who do anything to win and protect his own.He said there was no hitting and no slap shots.On the mound, served as the club’s closer before a late June trade to the Miami Marlins.According to the rumors, the Astros continue to pursue top-line starters such as Jose Quintana or Archer, but McCullers has breakout potential — if he can stay healthy and throw more strikes.
But there are some good things going.Bowen and Carriker return as starters at the right and left defensive end positions, respectively.There’s a lot of perks of having your dad play the NHL, said Briere, who once signed a $52 million contract with the Flyers.That’s not what our personnel is.Has a soft touch and deft body control allowing him to effectively convert drives to the rim …
“Aaron Rodgers is sore, rightfully so,” McCarthy said Monday when asked whether Rodgers will play this week, per Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He was hit too many times, took two big hits. So we’re working through that.”
Rodgers returned against the Panthers after missing eight weeks to recover from a broken right collar bone, but undoubtedly he was hurting after getting hit seven times as a passer, with three of those being pretty big sacks.
With the future of Rodgers’ season uncertain at this point, the Packers are reportedly re-signing quarterback Joe Callahan to their roster, according to ESPN, which many are speculating to be the end of Rodgers’ season.
The Packers originally waived Callahan to make room for Rodgers’ return, but re-signing Callahan means the Packers could be considering the possibility of shutting down their star quarterback, especially after the Packers are eliminated from the playoffs.
New York could also release him outright. They could do that now, which is exactly what Pro Football Talk suggested was the right thing to do. If they let him go after the season, the Giants would eat $12.4 million in dead cap in 2018.
Or the Giants could keep him. Head coach Ben McAdoo downplayed the notion that the move meant Manning’s time with the Giants was over. But McAdoo is less likely to be with the Giants next year than Manning, so take that for what it’s worth.
Sardinas actually played decently his six weeks with the Padres, posting a 105 wRC+ and a 0 fWAR — a vast improvement over Ramirez.Among players who missed at least one game during the 2016 regular season while sitting out with a head injury, 22 were players positions the NFL moved to protect with defenseless-receiver rules.The decision would appear to set the stage for Ramo to replace Jhonas Enroth as the Leafs backup goaltender, but Lamoriello said that’s not the case.six tackles, including half a Wholesale Jerseys sack, at …On the afternoon of June 22, tears flowed once again at the .
Wentz can convince skeptics if he carves up the Seahawks in Seattle
The Seahawks are not the Legion of Boom of years past. Two of the team’s most important defenders, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, won’t be patrolling the secondary Sunday night after sustaining season-ending injuries. Another important member of the defense, pass rusher Cliff Avril, appeared in only four games before hitting injured reserve this fall.
Sandoval posted several videos of his workouts on Instagram recently and he does look noticeably slimmer.The former Arkansas state employee filed a federal civil lawsuit 1994 accusing of making persistent and continuous unwanted sexual advances during a conference 1991, when he was governor.Brooklyn six times.But I want to ask a very specific question.Haven’t picked up a bat two years and I have no intention of playing baseball, but they’re willing to cut me a check.
Posada’s throwing arm was never regarded as asset, but he wasn’t a grave liability that regard .Through it all, stuck with him.After the adjustment, the headache eased greatly, and helped the headaches reduced dramatically.was a gamble, and Rivers spent much of his first year the job signing players who played well either for or against his old Boston teams 2009.
How many teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season, but are in position now, will be there in April? The Lightning, Kings and Jets are locks. The Devils have doubters and not everyone is sold on the Stars or the Islanders, but Vegas’ odds look good.
There will be plenty of fines and possible suspensions from Monday’s game While Shazier was injured on a hit he delivered with his head lowered, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was carted off after he was hit with a devastating crackback hit from Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The rookie was flagged for the illegal hit and for taunting Burfict, who has a reputation as a dirty player. Smith-Schuster is facing a fine and possible suspension.
Even as wacky and unpredictable as the NFL has been at times throughout the 2017 season, few expected the Dolphins, entering Monday night’s game as 11 1/2-point underdogs, to delay what feels like an inevitable Patriots division championship for the ninth consecutive season.
The Patriots before Monday’s loss had won eight consecutive games and had a chance to clinch the AFC East with a victory. The Dolphins, who held the Patriots to 0 for 11 on third downs, had other ideas. It was the first time New England had been held without a third-down conversion since 1991.
In his 45 regular season appearances, he appeared on back-to-back days just seven times. Still, the stuff and results from 2017 were off the charts.
Gordon, who hasn’t played in a game since Dec. 21, 2014, was reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis earlier this month and returned to practice last week for the first time since serving his indefinite suspension.
The 26-year-old had been banned more than 50 games due to multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. He recently admitted that he was normally under the influence of alcohol or drugs for nearly every game of his career, but is looking to turn his life around after a stint in rehab and working out with former Olympian-turned-speed-coach Tim Montgomery.
The winless Browns (0-11) are scheduled to take on the Chargers (5-6) at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday.
Former Louisville AD Tom Jurich refused to fire Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino despite a string of public embarrassments. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley
JURICH’S BUILDING SPREE transformed the Louisville campus and parts of the city. Bars and restaurants opened in the riverfront neighborhood around the KFC Yum Center. Cardinal Park, which houses the track, soccer and softball stadiums, as well as a community playground and public athletic facilities, became the “front lawn” of the university for visitors and students on South Floyd Street.
Jim Caldwell’s job isn’t as safe as initially believed.
The Lions coach signed a multi-year contract extension with the team earlier this year that is guaranteed for only 2018 with team options beyond that, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
According to the report, the team would have to pay Caldwell for next season only if they decided to fire him, though the Lions won’t make a decision regarding his future until this season ends.
Caldwell has found himself on and off the chopping block since the 2015 season when the Lions started 1-7, and his time could be close to running out given the team’s struggles since starting this season 3-1.
Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson hopes his current team drops a 40-burger on his former (and still winless) team. Of course, that might not need to happen, because there doesn’t seem to be any good avenue for the Browns to score against the NFL’s best defense, which is also now good against the run and getting more boost from the special teams. Good night early, as Jacksonvilleafford to let off the gas by the third quarter.
The Rams are undefeated on the road thanks to Sean McVay. But Jared Goff hasn’t been the same against tougher defenses, and the Vikings are his trickiest challenge since the home loss to the Seahawks.
Morgan acknowledged in his letter that Hall of Fame voting is a “tricky issue” and the electorate has to deal with “shades of gray” in assessing individual candidates.
Sean McVay is the coach of the year. Sure, there are other candidates, but he took a team from complete shambles to crisp play and smart game plans. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley have hit the offensive jackpot, and the defense is starting to make more plays, too.
Keenum on seeing Teddy Bridgewater in uniform on the sideline as his backup: “I may have a Teddy Bridgewater jersey at home. I’m a big fan of his.”
Browns coach Hue Jackson, whose team remains winless, on social media criticism: “Twitter can blow up as far as I’m concerned.”
Kyle Shanahan on getting his first win as head coach of the 49ers: “I got that monkey off my back. Now I have to get the second one before that becomes a monkey too.”
Perhaps the best comparison for this season’s Jazz were the 2009-10 Milwaukee Bucks, whose leader in shot attempts per game was rookie point guard Brandon Jennings. Those Bucks ranked 23rd in the league in offensive rating, but rode the No. 3 defense to 46 wins and a playoff spot. Utah would love to do the same.
There’s no better recent example than Eagles GM Howie Roseman.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized Friday after a video surfaced of him making a racially off-color remark in 2013.
In the video, which appeared on the tabloid website The Blast earlier Friday, a man at a Dallas hotel approached Jones and asked if he had some words of congratulations for the man’s new fiancée.
“A joke that was intended to add humor at the request of a fan in a light-hearted moment was taken totally out of intent. I’m sorry we’re in this state of mind as a country, but if you’re looking for a racist, Jerry Jones is not that guy.”
Whitehead’s wife, Shannon, disputed the claims that he stepped on Leno on purpose, saying Tahir would “never intentionally attempt to hurt another player.”
I’m appalled. My husband would NEVER intentionally attempt to hurt another player. I won’t stand by and allow you or any other media personnel to question his integrity or defame him in any way.
Dressed for success: It might just be happenstance, but the Celtics were 36-12 (.750) last season when Stevens wore a tie. That trend seems to have continued this year, as the Celtics are now 11-1 when Stevens sports a tie. Boston also is 11-1 when they wear their green jerseys, which they’ve worn twice at home this year (against the Lakers and Warriors).
Horford has been the team’s MVP: Irving has been nothing short of spectacular in recent games, but Horford has quietly been the most important player for Boston. Horford, routinely matched up on the opposition’s top scoring big, is allowing 0.742 points per play, according to Synergy Sports defensive data.
After taking the blame for the Lakers’ loss on Saturday in Utah and even the team’s lack of offense and pace of late, a more aggressive Ball pushed the ball whenever he could and looked to score more than he had in the previous four games. The Lakers (3-4) played with the same urgency, stopping a two-game slide and halting Detroit’s three-game winning streak.
Ball, who had no turnovers in a game for the first time in his pro career, finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Ball’s assists total wasn’t nearly an indication of how much the rookie moved the ball. Often times, his pass led to a hockey assist as Ball would initiate movement with a pass to a teammate, who immediately hit a cutting teammate for a basket.
The Browns had their top left tackle in Joe Thomas, but only by adding guard Kevin Zeitler and center J.C. Tretter did the line turn into somewhat of a strength in 2017. Their receiving corps has been a mess the past two seasons, and the one bright spot, Terrelle Pryor, has proved elsewhere that his production was more flash than substance. Neither an aging Gary Barnidge last year nor a fresh David Njoku this year is close to the top receiving options in Houston and Philadelphia.
Back-to-back Stanley Cups, the first repeat run by an NHL team in two decades. Consecutive playoff MVP honors for captain Sidney Crosby, which hadn’t happened in 25 years.
At some point, that “road to victory” on which the song instructs the Eagles to “fly” is bound to encounter a pothole or two. The 49ers aren’t the kind of defense that takes advantage of Jason Peters’ absence.