While the NFL’s policy for suspensions on domestic violence offenses mandates a six-game suspension, players rarely serve the full ban.
According to ESPN, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is not likely to serve the entirety of his suspension despite being handed a six-game ban by the league for his alleged domestic violence incident.
While Houston has yet to confirm its choice after Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday he wasn’t sure who would start at quarterback, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said on a Tuesday conference call he is preparing to face Watson. However, Lewis will already have his hands full with his own quarterback situation after veteran Andy Dalton threw four interceptions, including three in the first half, during Sunday’s 20-0 shutout loss to the Ravens.
Savage went 7 of 13 for 62 yards but was sacked six times and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Watson led a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on his first series after entering the game, but finished just 12 of 23 for 101 yards with a touchdown pass and interception.
Thursday’s kickoff in Cincinnati is scheduled for 8:25 p.m. ET.
Newton passed the century mark in passer rating and adjusted well to throwing more to a dynamic running back in rookie Christian McCaffrey. But beyond the familiar outside scoring bomb to new deep threat Russell Shepard, he couldn’t get anything going to his wideouts and tight end Greg Olsen. The Panthers didn’t run as efficiently as they can with McCafrrey and Jonathan Stewart. Once that comes, helped by being less tentative with his running, Newton can be more MVP-like overall.
FRISCO, Texas — One day after the Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue charges against him stemming from allegations of domestic violence toward a former girlfriend, Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott admitted he’s learned an important lesson.
“I’m a target,” Elliott said Wednesday in his first public comments. “That’s what I’ve realized from all of this, and I have to conduct myself that way, so I cannot have any distractions so I can just focus on ball.”
In July, Tiffany Thompson filed two police reports claiming Elliott abused her and struck her “several times … leaving bruises on her arms.” The former Ohio State star, however, told police that he never touched Thompson in “a harmful manner,” saying she suffered the bruises during a bar fight.
“I know you’re stressed out, if you need me, call me. Just do everything you can to pass your drug test tomorrow. You’ll be okay. I’m here for you,” the woman’s text read.
When Mingo was acquired by the Patriots on Aug. 25, Belichick explained how Mingo’s former team, the Browns, had been in Tampa, Florida, for joint practices with the Buccaneers. Mingo, according to Belichick, flew directly from Tampa to Charlotte, North Carolina, to meet the Patriots without ever returning to Cleveland.
When the Patriots returned home, players had an off day, but Mingo “spent the whole day in the facility with the coaches going through material to get caught up.”
“He’s shown a lot of commitment to try to pick up the new information and try to understand what we’re doing, watching the films of games we played to understand the techniques and how we’re playing things and all that,” Belichick continued. “He worked really hard, took a lot of plays in practice to get somewhat comfortable with what we’re doing. It’s obviously going to be a work in progress here, it’s only been a week, but he’s smart, he learns well, and he works hard. So check all those boxes.”
The hard work produced some notable results Thursday, as Mingo played 56 snaps (tied for third highest on defense) and was all over the field while playing against the Giants’ backups. His athleticism and ability to close ground quickly was impressive as he played on defense and special teams.
Mingo (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) had reason to smile after, saying, “It’s a new team. These guys want to see what I can do. I want to see what I can do in this defense.”