Reuben Fosters disastrous NFL Combine also included a failed drug test

Reuben Foster is now in the NFLs substance abuse program after his urine sample at the NFL Combine was reported as diluted, which is treated like a positive test by league policy, according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport.

Foster garnered headlines during the NFL Combine when he was sent home after a heated argumentwith a hospital worker. He apologized to all 32 teams for the incident, but will have to hope for more forgiveness after the results of his drug test.

The linebacker told Rapoport that he believes the failed test was a result of food poisoning that sent him to a doctor after cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Hernandez, a Connecticut native, was an All-American tight end at the University of Florida and was named a Pro Bowl alternate in his second season in the NFL with the Patriots. He found himself in legal trouble repeatedly, however.
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In 2013, Massachusetts State Police arrested Hernandez due to his suspected role in the murder of Lloyd.

Hernandez was recently found not guilty in a separate 2012 double-homicide in Boston.

Authentic Mens Matt Prater Jersey Hernandez leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter. The Vikings dont have any need more desperate than offensive line, and because of the way Kipers board shook out, he doesnt have any to give them here. Still, its Minnesotas biggest hole. Caleb Brantley has promise, but was inconsistent in college. Linebacker Duke Riley is inexperienced, and wide receiver Amara Darboh needs to develop, too.

NCAA bans 2-a-day football practices, and it was a long time coming

In the mix of NCAA legislation passed Friday came a pretty major shift in the way college football teams practice, albeit one thats been coming for a while. College teams can no longer practice full contact more than once a day.

Limited Youth Rougned Odor Jersey The Councils action reinforces our commitment to the health and safety of our student-athletes, said Council chair Jim Phillips, athletics director at Northwestern. We continue to be guided by the recommendations from medical professionals, coaches and administrators and the strong support for discontinuing two contact practices in the same day.
Yes, this is actually about player safety. The Knicks have tailspun since Jackson took control as team president in 2013. In his three full seasons, New York is 80-166 as hasnt made the playoffs. His tenure bottomed out with a franchise worst 17-65 record in the 2014-15 season.

Jackson had built a roster, scrapped it, and built it again, but Anthony remained the common denominator after Jackson signed him to a contract extension in 2014.

No NFL team has approached the 50 passes per game stylings of Mike Leach, and likely never will. However, the concepts of the Air Raid offense have trickled up and left an indelible imprint on the way NFL offenses operate.
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Mahomes and Webb have both made a point to battle against many of the preconceived notions of Air Raid quarterbacks. They were teammates at Texas Tech before Webb transferred to Cal, but both insist that they arent starting from scratch.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan offers new reason for Colin Kaepernick’s free agency

Why is Colin Kaepernick still a free agent? Politics? Poor play? Vegan diet? All of those have been discussed, but now there’s yet another theory, this time courtesy of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

The newly signed coach, who never actually worked with the quarterback, was speaking Monday at the 49ers auditorium. Asked about Kaepernick, Shanahan said he thinks the QB remains unsigned because it would force a team to switch its offense in order to match his skill set.

This explanation does make some sense, at least in terms of why a team hasn’t sought the QB as a starter. His passing skills aren’t spectacular because he really makes an impact as a rusher. But having a talented backup could work out if a team really wanted to make it happen.

Before Kaepernick took over as starter in 2012, coach Jim Harbaugh used him as a weapon in the red zone and the QB had three scores on the ground. There are other teams that have used mobile quarterbacks in certain packages as well, and Kaepernick has the skill set for something like that.

At the end of the day, there isn’t one factor keeping Kaepernick unsigned. There are a number of reasons teams don’t feel the urge to bring him on board.

Next up was “winning,” something Belichick, who has a lifetime win percentage of .673, is obviously familiar with.

“The goal,” Belichick said. “There are no medals for trying. This isn’t eighth grade, where everybody gets a trophy. We’re in a professional sport, and it’s competitive to win. That’s what we do.”
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Seahawks, Raiders expected to work out trade for Marshawn Lynch, report says

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The five-time Pro-Bowler, who retired after the 2015 season, began his NFL reinstatement process Thursday morning, according to ESPN.com.

Though the Seahawks still own the rights to Lynch’s contract, it appears they are ready to trade Lynch to the Raiders. Lynch has visited the Raiders this offseason, trying to gauge what his role would be with the team.
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According to NFL.com, The Seahawks and Raiders are expected to work out a trade that would send Lynch to Oakland. However, the deal will be contingent on a reworked contract first.

Kanter found himself isolated against Harden in the third quarter of the Rockets Game 1 matchup against the Thunder on Easter. Thats when the MVP-caliber guard rattled off a dirty set of moves that made the Oklahoma City bench cringe.

Hardens flurry of crossovers made Kanter slip and slide all over the wing before he finally decided to stop the bleeding and finish at the rack. It was a graceful ending to an elegant salvo of directional shifts that left Oklahoma Citys big man in the dust.

It wont be the last time Harden breaks a set of ankles during the playoffs, but if thats any indication of what were going to see in the games to come, then its time to break out some popcorn. This is gonna be a good one. He wants to be great. He thrives in the challenge of us putting more responsibilities on him, but I would say his ability to listen and digest what were saying (and then) to translate it onto the floor. To be given the ball at 21 years old at 7-feet tall, to run the offense and understand what were trying to do. Theres going to be some good and theres going to be moments to learn from. He digests not just the good, but the bad too.

This year the NFL is hoping to focus on healthy choices and healthy masculinity for the video

He started immediately. The Buffs were terrible on defense that year, ceding 38 points per game, No. 114 in FBS.

By last year, they were in the top 20 in scoring D and had gone from 4-8 to 10-4, largely on the back of one of the Pac-12’s best defenses.
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“That just pretty much became the culture, where everybody was holding each other accountable,” Awuzie said. “The coaches didn’t have to say much. The players were really running things and organizing workouts outside of the organized workouts. It really just became a culture thing. I got better, and everybody else got better on this team as well.”
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This is the fourth year that the NFL has put together a video and educational program related specifically to conduct issues. Last year the emphasis was on DUI, sexual assault and gun safety. In past years, the NFL asked former wide receiver Donte Stallworth to participate in a video on driving under the influence. Stallworth was suspended from the NFL for a year in 2009 after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter.

This year the NFL is hoping to focus on healthy choices and healthy masculinity for the video, which will ultimately be released for schools and other programs to use in educating athletes and students.

“We started bouncing the idea around where what if Ray could share the journey he’d been on and the choices that led him to his series of bad decisions that led him to where he is now,” said Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s senior vice president of social responsibility. “And that wasn’t an easy decision to make.”

Spilly made sushi for Greg Schiano

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Hello Internet. It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? I’m sure you’ve settled in to your safe culinary ways, breathing sighs of relief that no more delicious baked mayospam would grace your computer screens. Perhaps you figured I’d died from my own monstrous creations, realizing at the very last second of my life what mistakes I’ve made.

I’ve made no mistakes, internet. And I have returned to bestow upon you a meal.
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Today’s food is for embattled crime boss head coach Greg Schiano. In an article a few weeks ago about the Buccaneers’ dreadful season, it came out that Mr. Schiano was having a bit of a dietary problem. From the Tampa Bay Times article:

But after the Bucs’ 27-24 overtime defeat to the Seahawks on Nov. 3 that dropped Tampa Bay to 0-8, the only losing the coach could stop was his weight.

They could have $53 million in cap space this summer if they renounce all of their free agents. They also own their pick in the loaded 2017 NBA draft, which they could either use on one of many promising young players or package in a deal for an established veteran.

Philadelphia could also own the the Los Angeles Lakers鈥?pick if it falls outside the top-three, and they hold swap rights with the Sacramento Kings (29-45) in case the draft lottery falls in their favor.

It might not be next year, and it may not be the year after, but the Philadelphia 76ers are coming.

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The Jets currently hold a one-game lead for the final playoff spot.

The playoff races are tightening around the NFL and with the season approaching the three-quarter mark, Week 11 could potentially be an elimination week for some teams on the edge of contention.

There will be key games in both the AFC and NFC on Sunday with 11 of the 13 games having playoff implications. Even if it’s not a must-win for teams to stay alive, playoff seeding and potential tiebreakers are on the line. Here’s a complete look at the slate of games on Sunday.

The Jets currently hold a one-game lead for the final playoff spot. With New England two games ahead in the AFC East and the other wild card slot likely going to one of the two AFC West teams, the Jets will need to hold on to the No. 6 seed to stay in the playoff picture. Picking up a win on the road would be a big boost for New York.

The game will be a battle of rookie quarterbacks. Both E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith have had up-and-down seasons. The Jets knocked off the Bills, 27-20, in a game that came down to the final possessions. At 3-7, Buffalo likely needs a win if its going to have any shot at the postseason.

Despite all that success and all that talent, many fans still seem to prefer SmackDown Live, and once you look at what the “blue brand” does different from RAW it can be easy to see why. RAW still focuses on a heavily produced style, relying heavily on almost over-managed segments outside the ring and a heavy “authority” hand that makes many fans switch off for long stretches of the show.
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NFL news roundup: Matt McGloin, Bjoern Werner, Christian Ponder to start for respective teams

Limited Alexei Ramirez Jersey The Oakland Raiders will go with Matt McGloin as their starting quarterback for Week 12. McGloin, an undrafted rookie, made his first start against the Houston Texans while Terrelle Pryor was dealing with a knee injury. McGloin played very well, throwing three touchdowns and limiting his mistakes. Pryor is still a little banged up, but it’s likely the Raiders are giving McGloin more time regardless to see what he can offer. Pryor has ran the ball well, but has doubled his touchdown total in interceptions. The Raiders play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Limited Cody Franson Jersey Patriots coach Bill Belichick has won nine of his last 10 coming out of a bye, which is one reason to be wary of the one-point spread favoring the Panthers. The Patriots have thrived under the prime-time glare of Monday Night Football, as well, winning 10 of their last 12 games and going 9-3 against the spread (ATS).

Factoring against the Pats is their 1-3 record ATS on the road this season. Carolina, on the other hand, is 3-1 at home both straight up and ATS. They’ve won their last two home games by a combined score of 64-25.

The over/under line for the game is 46, which is below the two team’s combined 49.8 points per game average. That being said, don’t expect New England to put up a big total against a defense that ranks second in the league in scoring and hasn’t allowed over 15 points in any of its last five games.

Ric Flair opens up about his life after wrestling

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Ric Flair may be 68 years old, but he’s out here celebrating life more like he’s Drake. Just look at his Twitter for evidence.

The limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ ‘n’ dealin’ son of a gun is as popular as ever in the world of wrestling despite retiring back in 2008. Part of that is because his Nature Boy persona has overshadowed his accomplishments in the ring. And that’s saying something considering Flair is in the conversation of the greatest wrestler ever.

Both Meeks and Melson were touching the ball, and Meeks extend his right hand to break a fall to the ground. In doing so, Meeks rested his hands on the out-of-bounds line. Because he was touching the ball, the play should’ve been dead. Possession should’ve been awarded to Gonzaga, down a point with 26 ticks to go.

It didn’t work out that way. Hicks’ bucket compelled Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss to try a desperate, quick jumper on the other end of the court. Meeks blocked that shot. It started a sequence that ended with a Justin Jackson breakaway dunk for North Carolina star Justin Jackson. Five-point game, 12 seconds left.

Officials have a brutally difficult job. The referee who missed Meeks going out of bounds had a lot to watch in real time. It’s not right to say the referee cost Gonzaga the game, because there’s no guarantee any outcome would’ve come afterward. It’s also not right to claim a conspiracy. Gonzaga had benefited from its own missed out-of-bounds call that set up a basket minutes earlier. We can’t revise history.
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But it’s clear that Gonzaga lost its best chance at a comeback because of a missed call. In the biggest game of the year, that’s a real bummer.