A ruling is expected soon for Tom Brady’s appeal of a four-game suspension he received for his involvement in DeflateGate.
The NFL commissioned a report to look into allegations that the New England Patriots played with slightly deflated balls on offense against the Indianapolis Colts in a 45-7 victory in the AFC Championship. The Wells Report, released in May, found that it was “more probable than not” that Brady knew of the plan to illegally deflate the balls after they were inspected by referees and a four-game suspension was subsequently handed down.
Brady received the ban, coupled with the loss of draft picks and money for the New England Patriots, and appealed the decision in June. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell named himself arbitrator for the case, and while the NFLPA asked him to step down and name a third-party to oversee Brady’s appeal, Goodell refused to recuse himself.
Now, nearly a month after Brady first made his appeal, Goodell is expected to announce his decision, although there’s a strong chance that the DeflateGate saga hasn’t yet reached its conclusion.
Most important position battle: Tight end — Mychal Rivera had the second-most receptions on the team in 2014, but the position has been completely overhauled. In addition to adding Walford in the draft, the Raiders signed Lee Smith in free agency. Smith isn’t a big receiving threat, but he’s a strong blocker who could cut into Rivera’s snaps. It’s Walford who could end up being the complete tight end that absorbs the most snaps, though, if he reaches his potential sooner rather than later.
Steven Daniels, MLB (senior): A run-stopping physical linebacker, Daniels may lack the speed NFL teams are looking for at LB. He’s large for a linebacker in terms of weight (257 pounds), but a year anchoring the linebacking corps may raise the eyes of some NFL scouts.
Devon Still’s daughter Leah is one of the most inspiring little kids on the planet. Her battle with cancer has been highly publicized, and tonight Devon accepted the Jimmy V award on her behalf. His speech was beyond powerful.
I never underestimate the power of the system and philosophy in Pittsburgh, and it starts from the top-down.
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The Colts are trending in the right direction. The runners-up in the AFC last year are led on offense by Andrew Luck, one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Assuming Indianapolis can lock up T.Y. Hilton long-term, they could have a great pair of receivers for Luck to throw to (with the addition of first-round pick Phillip Dorsett this year). They’ve also invested in a multitude of weapons, beyond Hilton and Dorsett, to surround Luck with since he was drafted first overall in 2012.
Indy’s defense has been underrated of late, finishing 11th in weighted DVOA last season.
In terms of the dynastic pillars we’ve talked about above, outside of Andrew Luck, you have to do a little projecting with Indianapolis. They’ve got a passionate if unpredictable owner in Jim Irsay, respected but relatively unproven leadership from GM Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano. The three appear to work very well together and since drafting Luck, the Colts have only ascended, but the sample size is still relatively small.
Grigson has had a few high-profile flops — most notably the trade for Trent Richardson — but has added talent to Indy’s roster and spent big in free agency to fill the gaps this offseason.
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Did you tell yourself anything that night that stuck with you or clicked with your shot? You were struggling with your shot at that point [Lowry shot 27-for-107 from 3-point range in the Raptors’ first 16 playoff games last postseason].
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Undoubtedly, Shanahan already has a good job. His Falcons are in the final four and boast the league’s most dynamic offense with MVP candidate Matt Ryan at the controls. Shanahan has been in the mix for head-coaching jobs in the past, and there doesn’t seem to be much doubt that he wants to take the next step in his coaching career.
“It’s definitely not something that I have to do,” Shanahan told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure prior to the interviews. “I love it here and love the situation here. I love the team here. There’s no one better I could work for. My family loves living here. So by no means is it something that has to get done.
“But [being a head coach is] a goal of most people in our profession, and I’d be surprised if most people didn’t tell you they were ready.”
The question now is whether the Niners are willing to do what it takes to ensure Shanahan realizes that goal in San Francisco.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood has a bone bruise but no structural damage on his hyperextended right knee, league sources told ESPN after learning the results of an MRI performed Sunday.
Rodney Hood was injured late in the Jazz’s win over the Magic on Saturday night.
Hood suffered the injury late in Saturday’s 114-107 win over the Orlando Magic. His knee buckled when he tried to go up for a layup in transition, and Hood screamed in agony after he went down, prompting fears that he might have suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Nowitzki said he has never heard any racial comments in regards to him and his wife.
â€œNobody actually approached me with it,â€ Nowitzki said. â€œEverybody thatâ€™s met my wife has said sheâ€™s great with me. So I havenâ€™t heard any of that to my face. Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™s some people that think of it to themselves. But, Iâ€™ve never heard it to my face.â€
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â€œGrowing up in Germany, and basketball,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™ve always grown up around all sorts of races. I played with the national team where half of my teammates were from Yugoslavia. Color or race for me never really mattered, and thatâ€™s also the beauty of sports.
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â€œYouâ€™re a team. Same with marriage. Youâ€™re a team, and pulling on the same string. You try to make it work and chemistry has got to be there. That is just the way I was raised.â€
Way back in 1992 I was a redshirt freshman at UT just trying to get in where I fit in. While I redshirted the previous year, two running backs who came in with me in 1991 played right away. Both guys, Aaron Hayden and James “Little Man” Stewart, ended up having big years as true freshman rushing for over 900 yards apiece. We seemed set at the running back position for the foreseeable future, so it was curious when one of the top JUCO running backs in the nation, Charlie Garner, decided to sign with us the following spring.
I think most of us on the team were super curious to see what this Garner cat could do for the simple fact that if he wasn’t good enough to beat out Hayden and Stewart, he might have ruined any chance he had of making it to the NFL by signing with us.
Guys who play the game the way Graham does may not have super long careers, but their production tends to be consistent because as long as the guy keeps lifting, power moves tend to be money in the bank once you get good at executing them. One thing any tackle that has pass blocked against Graham can attest to is that he’s pretty damn good at executing those moves.
After the Eagles re-signed him to a pretty nice four-year deal earlier this spring, Graham will finally go into training camp as the unquestioned starter. Barring injury, that will mean more opportunities for him to be productive. Add to that the fact that he has the skillset and playing style to be consistent throughout the season, and I don’t think there is any question that Graham is primed to have a career year this season.
Blount played in all 16 games for only the second time in his career and remains healthy as the top-seeded Patriots prepare for the Houston Texans this week. He led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns after taking a career-high 299 carries for 1,161 yards, along the way helping the Patriots balance their offense: They rank No. 7 in rushing yards and No. 4 in passing.
Remember, the NFL has two stages of contracts. Rookies are locked into prenegotiated salary slots for at least their first three seasons. Most don’t receive a second contract until after their fourth season, if at all. By definition, then, the best player values are almost always produced by young players on their rookie deals.
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In 2015, Dallas QB Tony Romo suffered a broken left collarbone — twice — and the Cowboys finished 4-12 and had the fourth pick in the draft. As good as Darren McFadden was for Dallas in 2015 (1,089 rushing yards), the Cowboys couldnâ€™t take their eyes off Elliott.
â€œIf Iâ€™ve ever seen anything that was scripted in the draft room, scripted in the evaluation process, and then has come to bear any more straight down the line than Zeke, I donâ€™t know it,â€ owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. â€œHeâ€™s exactly more than we had hoped for.â€
As a rookie, Elliott led the NFL in rushing in 2016, finishing with 1,631 yards despite not playing the final five quarters of the season. He had 322 carries and scored 15 rushing touchdowns.
The Cowboys did not draft Elliott for just regular-season success. They drafted him for what he could be in the postseason.
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Everyone loves an underdog. March Madness is widely considered the most exciting event on the sports calendar, and we’ve all probably shed a tear while watching an uplifting Disney movie about a determined coach who helps a ragtag group of small-town kids overcome the odds to win a championship. But, as the season finale of Hard Knocks so cruelly reminded us, professional sports are a different beast.
Let’s just admit it: We like to watch the best go up against the best. The Patriots vs. the Seahawks was an enticing Super Bowl matchup even before it delivered a heart-stopping ending.
On the other sideline, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the Jets with rookie Bryce Petty as the backup. Fitzpatrick could usurp the team’s intended starting quarterback Geno Smith, who is still weeks away from seeing game time despite having returned to limited practice following surgery on his broken jaw. Head coach Todd Bowles has committed to sticking with Fitzpatrick as the starter so long as he plays well enough to earn it.
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It’s not a terribly inspiring matchup, especially on offense, but most experts are siding with the home team. The crew over at CBS Sports is somewhat split with six of eight voters picking the Jets over Cleveland. SB Nation’s panel also stands behind the Jets with the exception of PFT Commenter, who picked the Browns to come away with the Week 1 win.
The messages have been delivered throughout the week to the New York Giants. Players who have been there before — quarterback Eli Manning, long-snapper Zak DeOssie and linebacker Jonathan Casillas — have addressed their teammates.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo relied on his captains to spread the message to his inexperienced team. Sixteen of 22 starters on Sunday for the wild-card game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field have never Elite Mens Paul Coffey Jersey experienced a playoff game. Manning, DeOssie and Casillas, meanwhile, each have multiple Super Bowl rings. It was their responsibility to set the tone for the group.
“Just go play. Don’t treat it any Joe Thornton Womens Jersey differently,” Manning said of his message. “Enjoy the opportunity. Go do what you’ve been doing all year.”
What the Giants (11-5) have been doing ever since losing on a Sunday night in Green Bay in Week 5 is win with regularity. They’ve won nine of 11 games since that 23-16 loss that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. They’ve battled through adversity and maintained a unique focus for a team that has such little playoff experience.
But this much is true: If Carr is fully healed and does not miss any time this offseason, he will be a front-runner for NFL MVP consideration next year and the Raiders should be a Super Bowl favorite. The Raiders also want to lock Carr up with a long-term contract this offseason with, as reports had it this season, “Andrew Luck money” for one of the game’s rising stars.
Will the Raiders bring back Latavius Murray? The Tay Train went off the tracks at times and steamrolled through the completion at others. He did miss two games with turf toe and finished with 788 rushing yards in his contract year, a season after going to the Pro Bowl with a 1,066-yard rushing season. But he did average the same 4.0 yards per carry and had 12 rushing touchdowns.
At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Murray is one of the bigger tailbacks in the league and the Raiders’ change-of-pace backs — rookie mighty mites DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard — could not carry the running game by themselves when Murray was out those two games.
Russell Westbrook is a savage every day of the week, every month of the year, so on Monday he chose to be a savage while in Wisconsin. What a perfect state to bust out the “discount double check” celebration in front of what is likely to be an arena full of Packers fans, as well as Bucks fans.
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After the injury, Johnson was slow to get up. He was able to walk off of the field with assistance from Arizona’s athletic performance staff, but after being examined, they brought out the cart for the running back.
Johnson has been a fundamentally important part of the Cardinals’ offensive attack this season. He has 288 carries for 1,233 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns this season. He’s added 77 receptions for 841 yards and four touchdowns through the air.
Johnson was on the verge of setting an NFL record in Week 17, and all he needed to do was gain 100 yards from scrimmage. If he had, he would have been the first player in NFL history to do that in 16 consecutive games.
Prior to injury, Johnson had three carries for 38 yards against the Rams.
In early November, Steelers linebacker Vince Williams sent a tweet that many Bengals players construed as a death threat against Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Williams eventually deleted the tweet and issued a statement that wasn’t quite an apology, but he admitted “I shouldn’t have taken these feelings to Twitter but I did.” Williams was seemingly upset, as many of his teammates were, because they believed Burfict celebrated after laying a hit on Le’Veon Bell that ended the running back’s season.
More than a month between meetings, tensions apparently didn’t cool off. Bengals cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones had harsh words for the Steelers linebacker before Sunday’s game:
“I’m sitting here looking at the thing on ESPN. I guess Pittsburgh got all gangsters now. Mike Tomlin needs to tell his team to shut the f*** up and play football ‘cuz ain’t nothing gonna happen to 5-5 on the field or off the field. Dig that. Y’all wanna go report so report that, bitches.”
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Fortunately, Sunday’s game — which the Steelers won 33-20 — was relatively civil after some pregame scrapping. Both teams have vital games coming up. The Steelers are currently the first AFC team outside of the Wild Card picture. The Bengals are fighting for a first round bye against the three-loss Denver Broncos and two-loss New England Patriots.
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Prescott has an NCAA resume that includes back-to-back-to-back wins over top 10 teams while scoring 40 points per game, but finished his career without beating a ranked team in his final 20 contests as an amateur. As a Cowboy, heâ€™s beaten only two probable playoff teams â€” the Packers (or Lions) and the Steelers. When the postseason rolls around, heâ€™s likely to be .500 against potential opponents.