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.

Seahawks docked 5th-round pick, week of OTAs for excessive contact in offseason practices

The Seattle Seahawks violated rules that prohibit excessive contact in offseason workouts and will lose practice time and a draft pick as punishment, the NFL announced on Monday.

Many have Denzel Perryman Jersey criticized players’ decisions to protest during the anthem, but Jenkins says he won’t compromise the truth for others’ comfort.

“If it comes down to making somebody uncomfortable by speaking the truth, then I’ll always make you Donald Butler Jersey uncomfortable with the truth, [rather] than make you feel comfortable with a lie,” Jenkins said via Matt Mullin of the Philly Voice.

“I respect players’ decisions. It’s something they … everybody has their right to either protest or whatever they’re going to do,” Pederson said. “Malcolm and I have talked about this, and it’s going to happen regardless of what I decide or say, and I respect the players’ decisions on it.”

The Eagles had discussed a protest during the season opener at home against the Cleveland Browns, but players decided they did not want to interfere with recognition of the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 and the families who were impacted by it.

Malcolm Jenkins said the protest is specifically to spark dialogue on various social injustices.

“For me, it has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem in itself,” Jenkins said on Sportsradio 94WIP. “Really, it’s just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice, and that’s a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities, education.

“There’s just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country since its inception that put minorities, especially African-Americans, at a disadvantage when you talk about quality of life and actually growing in this country.”

Russell Wilson was playing through a high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins, and the injury may have slowed him down. Wilson was sacked twice and fumbled the ball once.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Wilson had an active streak of 17 straight games with a passing touchdown, which was the longest in the NFL. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert now has the longest active streak with 12.

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One of the most compelling matchups heading into the game against Minnesota was how well second-year offensive lineman Riley Reiff would hold up against Vikings defensive end. After reviewing all 80 offensive snaps, I’m here to tell you that Reiff did quite well. It wasn’t a Jae Crowder Jersey mistake-free performance, but when you’re going against a former Defensive Player of the Year, you just need to limit the damage. Despite what the box score says, Reiff didn’t surrender a sack. He allowed limited pass-rush pressure and gave up just two hits on quarterback Stafford. ‘s biggest impact came knocking down a pair of Stafford’s quick throws. When the Lions ran the ball to Reiff’s side, he did a nice job of sealing off, as shown the still frame below. That run, from early the first quarter, went for 12 yards. Reiff also did excellent job handling stunts, seamlessly transitioning from to the Everson Griffen on the play below. The negatives for Reiff were a false Jameer Nelson Jersey start penalty and getting beat a handful of times pass protection. got the young offensive tackle with inside move the first quarter, but Stafford was able to get the pass off time to complete a 22-yard strike to tight end Joseph Fauria. The veteran defensive end got around Reiff on the outside and flushed Stafford from the pocket on a 3rd-and-2 the second quarter. The pressure forced incompletion, ending Detroit’s drive. Reiff’s biggest blunder came one play after his false start, when broke free around the edge and delivered a big hit to Stafford while the quarterback was exposed during his throwing motion. Fortunately for the Lions, the play resulted a 27-yard completion to Nate Burleson, converting a 2nd-and-15 and leading to a touchdown four plays later. All all, a respectable debut for Reiff as the team’s full-time starter on the blindside. Next week he’ll draw another stiff challenge Arizona’s Calais Campbell, one of the league’s top 3 defensive ends.

Menu Chicago, IL – Jimmy continued his torrid stretch on Monday night, but didn’t eclipse the 30-point this time. had 27 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and four assists as the Chicago Bulls recorded a 129 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors. He scored a career-high 35 points a victory over New on Thursday, then followed it up with a 31-point, 10-rebound performance against Memphis. Derrick netted 29 points, Pau Gasol posted 14 points and nine rebounds and poured 17 points off the bench for the Bulls, who have won six of their last seven games. Lowry tallied 34 points and six boards, while Valanciunas added 20 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, which had its six-game winning streak snapped. I thought our defensive attention to detail wasn’t there, Raptors coach Dwane said. The Bulls, who trailed by as many as 12 the second half, pulled away the fourth by outscoring the Raptors 49.

The game was tied 95 just prior to the midway point of the frame before Chicago went on 18 run over the next 4. had eight points during the surge, which was capped when he drove into the paint and found Noah for a for a 113 margin with 2 remaining. Didn’t too many shots and when he gets a zone like that, it’s tough to stop us, Noah said of. Toronto never got within less than six the rest of the way. The game was knotted at 33 following a quarter of play, but the Raptors outscored the Bulls 33 the second and took a 66 cushion into the locker room. Amir ‘s layup finished off a 12 Toronto burst to stake it to 80 cushion midway through the third, but the Bulls ripped off the next 12 points to tie it. Taj Gibson threw down Gasol’s alley-oop pass to conclude the swing and square the game up at 80. knocked down a left wing 3-pointer on Toronto’s ensuing possession, which lifted it to 83 edge going into the fourth. Game Notes Chicago won the first meeting between the teams at Air Canada Centre 100 on Nov. 13, holding the Raptors to a season-worst 39 percent from the field… Monday was the start of a six-game road trip for Toronto. Chicago was the first of four opponents on the trek with a winning percentage of at least 65 percent… Chicago sunk 43-of-47 free throws and shot 54 percent from the floor.

The Steelers just wanted to move on to bigger things: celebrating their title and opening the NFL next Thursday. The whole nation be watching, defensive end Nick Eason said. Jets 38, Eagles 27 At East Rutherford, N.J., Michael Vick saw his first significant action three years, hours after learning he’ll be fully reinstated Week 3. Vick scored on a 2-yard run, but was sacked four times, lost a fumble and threw interception the loss.

He was 7 Matt Williams Jersey for 11 for 26 yards, and ran for 35 yards on seven carries. Woodhead, making a bid to make the Jets, ran for 158 yards _ the NFL’s second-highest preseason total since 1992. He had 55- and 3-yard scoring runs. Patriots 38, Giants 27 At Foxborough, Mass., Patriots rookie Brian Hoyer helped his chances to become ‘s primary backup, throwing a scoring pass and leading three drives that BenJarvus Green- finished with rushing touchdowns.

and nearly all of the usual starters sat out the exhibition finale for New England. Eli Manning played one series for New York. Bengals 38, Colts 7 At Cincinnati, Bengals backup J.T. O’Sullivan capped his only Mel Ott Jersey series with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Caldwell. Indianapolis backup Jim Sorgi was 11 of 19 for 119 yards and a touchdown, a 22-yarder to Taj Smith. Jaguars 24, Redskins 17 At Jacksonville, Fla., Garrard led the Jaguars to a touchdown and two field goals four possessions, and receiver Mike Sims-Walker looked sharp his first action nearly a month, catching four passes for 64 yards and a TD. Seahawks 31, Raiders 21 At Seattle, Aaron Curry made four tackles, two for losses, hit Oakland quarterbacks twice, then sacked one and forced a fumble to set up a field goal _ all the first half.

Seattle, coming off a 4 , finished 4 the preseason for the first time its 34-year history. Bears 26, Browns 23 At Chicago, Gould kicked two of his four field goals the fourth quarter for the Bears and Caleb Hanie went 9 of 13 for 119 yards and a touchdown. Brett Ratliff led on a touchdown drive after a rough start. Titans 27, Packers 13 At Nashville, Tenn., Vince ran for a touchdown and threw for another his strongest performance of the preseason for the Titans.

Response to protest shows the power of the sports machine

This outrage was never intended to consider Kaepernick’s politics, but it did serve an important purpose for the machine by allowing his questions of race, class and policing to remain ignored. It allowed the illusion of discussion to isolate the dissenter while reinforcing the authority of an establishment whose calls for “healing” do not translate into police reform. It allowed players to pander without thinking and created enough backlash and fear — anonymous quotes from executives have threatened to essentially blackball Kaepernick from the NFL — to give other dissenters financial pause before protesting.

Meanwhile, Laquan McDonald remains without justice, as do Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile and Tamir Rice. The opportunity to understand Kaepernick’s worldview is all but gone, replaced by a useless referendum on who loves the flag.

Atlanta Falcons: I say Devonta Freeman, last year’s No. 1 running back and currently being drafted as RB5, finishes outside the top 20 at RB. My thinking: A historic and unlikely-to-repeat first half last season masked a very pedestrian second half. More touches for Tevin Coleman plus additional weapons in the passing game lower Freeman’s touchdown total and make him more of a low-end RB2/flex type than a fantasy stud.

Baltimore Ravens: I say Kamar Aiken, currently being drafted as WR54, finishes as a top-25 WR. My thinking: Last season, if you took the best receiver stat line for each game between him and Steve Smith Sr., you get a 101-catch 1,412-yard, 7-touchdown season (for comparison, last season’s WR10 Larry Fitzgerald finished with 109 catches, 1,215 yards, 9 TDs). Smith is 37 years old and, although Mike Wallace got a lot of targets in one preseason game, there’s a reason Wallace is on his third team in three years. Nothing flashy about Aiken, he just keeps getting the job done when given a chance. This season, one way or another, he gets another shot.

Buffalo Bills: I say Tyrod Taylor finishes the season as a top-five fantasy QB. My thinking: He was a top-10 QB on a points-per-game basis last season. Now, coming into the season knowing he’s the starter, having established a rapport with Sammy Watkins and, possessing strong rushing ability, he just needs to play all 16 games.

Because that’s not the point of this column. In last year’s edition, I said, “I say Tyrod Taylor, currently being undrafted, is a top-15 fantasy quarterback.” Technically, I got that wrong. He finished 16th among QBs. But considering that on a points-per-game basis he was a top-10 QB, and certainly he returned tremendous value for anyone who drafted him late, I count that as a “win” and if you’re using this column the right way, so should you.

Among the other not-obvious things I nailed in last year’s column? Big seasons for John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Delanie Walker. Of course, I also predicted big things for Joseph Randle, Charles Johnson and Andre Johnson, among many other misses. This is high-risk, high-reward territory we are entering here.

So again, please use this column as intended: to highlight players I have a strong feeling about one way or the other, to make you feel better about your own predictions and to subtly remind you that I have an awesome premium fantasy football site called, complete with a fancy box to the right!

Does Dallas really have a chance with Dak Prescott? Some answers…

Cowboys fans with even the shortest memories probably expected Tony Romo to get injured at some point during this 2016 season. They just weren’t expecting him to get hurt before September. For the second time in three years, Romo has broken bones in his back, and while he was able to play through the transverse fractures in his back in 2014, he won’t be able to play through the compressed vertebrae he suffered against the Seahawks. Early reports suggest Romo will be out for a minimum of six games, leaving the Cowboys in a vulnerable state heading into the regular season.

Chicago Bears: The coaching staff likes wide receiver Daniel Braverman, a rookie seventh-round pick, and he could make the opening day roster.

Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie Andrew Billings will likely be placed on IR to begin the season, while Brandon Thompson will likely start the season on PUP. That frees up some spots along the defensive line.

Cleveland Browns: It’s just not possible to see former top-10 pick Justin Gilbert on the Browns’ roster. They forced him on the field over and over, and he was, at best, inconsistent.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys’ quarterback situation was thrown into disarray because of Tony Romo’s injury. Rookie Dak Prescott will start, but Dallas will add a veteran to back up Prescott at some point.

Denver Broncos: Trevor Siemian appears to have won the starting quarterback job, and Mark Sanchez could be cut. Another likely cut? Running back Ronnie Hillman.

How common is this injury? According to Dr. Robert Watkins Jr., orthopedic spine surgeon and co-director of the Marina Spine Center in Marina del Rey, California, it is relatively infrequent among professional athletes.

“Compression fractures are common in the elderly with weak bones but are pretty rare in young athletes,” said Watkins, who treats numerous athletes of all levels.

So what’s next for Romo? The primary focus for the early phase of recovery is minimizing discomfort.

Fractures are painful, and any movement can further aggravate that pain. While broken bones in the extremities can be casted to prevent movement while they heal, it’s not possible to externally immobilize a specific vertebral segment. Sometimes a back brace or corset is issued, as is the case with Romo, to help control spinal motion that might provoke pain. It cannot entirely restrict movement.

Ultimately, pain is the guide when it comes to an athlete progressing his activity; as the pain decreases, the athlete is encouraged to do more in the way of natural movement and physical exertion. Flexion and compression — the loading forces that contributed to the original injury — are minimized in the early stages to avoid aggravating the condition. As the athlete’s pain resolves and his conditioning improves, he can gradually return. The final phase is being cleared for contact, which depends on the healing progression and minimal risk of further injury.

Thrown in, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott responds under fire

SEATTLE — Dak Prescott knew he was starting the preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams. He knew he would replace Tony Romo after a few plays in the second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

He was able to overcome a first-and-20 situation by wisely checking the ball underneath to set up the 40-yarder by Bailey that tied the score at 10-10 at the end of the half.

The Browns’ approach to building a team has become clear over time. Stockpile picks. Take as many good players as possible who also demonstrated high character and let them grow together. Bypass the big-money signings until the team is at a point where spending that money makes a difference. Let the team develop on the field under Hue Jackson. Hopefully, eliminate the negatives and grow a winning culture. That’s the idea.

Already, the Browns have stockpiled 10 picks, five in the first three rounds. They also will receive compensatory picks for the free-agent losses of offensive tackle Mitch Schwartz, center Alex Mack and safety Tashaun Gipson.

Those all happened on the first day of free agency, and at the time there was much uproar. Paul DePodesta talked of just getting through that day, not getting emotional and sticking to the plan.

Clearly the plan was to gain compensatory picks for these free-agent losses. And the Browns will gain them. In the last draft, the Browns were given compensatory picks in the fourth (one) and fifth rounds (two). Four teams were given picks in the third round. Baltimore is a team that has made the most of compensatory picks.

Each pick matters. Each pick is a chip to move up or down to acquire the players the Browns want. If the team scouts and drafts wisely, each pick is far more valuable than just a single player.

In 2016, the Browns maneuvered to the point that four traded picks turned into nine players and three extra future picks in the first or second round.

After the game, Siemian was composed and said of the interception: “I just can’t turn the ball over, I made a bad decision. I want that one back. That one bad play, unfortunately you can’t have one bad play.”

As he did following the game, Kubiak reaffirmed Monday that while Siemian has to protect the ball better, Kubiak said of his play call, “Hell, man, that wasn’t a very good call.”

Sanchez was 10-of-17 for 120 yards with two lost fumbles — both in a four-play span just before halftime. Sanchez was emotional after the game, saying that he had “squandered” the opportunity to win the starting job.

“Going into my eighth year I know better, I know I’ve got to get the ball out,” Sanchez said after the game. “I know I can play this game and I know I’m better than I showed. Two really bad plays that took away from a great performance and potentially winning a job, so that’s really too bad.”

Given that the Broncos open the regular season on a Thursday night, at least three days before the other games, Kubiak said he wants to name the regular-season starter next week.