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The NFL reportedly will give tackle Laremy Tunsil a chance to start his professional career with a clean slate.
The Dolphins rookie will be evaluated by clinical professionals before his status with the league's substance-abuse program is clear, but it's more than likely he won't have to enter Stage 1 of the program.
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“Any incoming player with behavior or conduct involving a substance of abuse will be evaluated by the program's advisors. Those clinical professionals — not the club, league or union — will determine whether based on that evaluation the player should be entered into the program. Neither the club nor the league has a role in that process, and are not notified of their decision,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA Today Sports on Tuesday.
McCarthy described previous reports regarding Tunsil's status relating to the substance-abuse program as "inaccurate.”
Players in Stage 1 of the league's substance abuse program usually follow a treatment plan and are tested regularly for drugs. If a player doesn't comply with the treatment plan[......]Read More
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There is still a chance for Von Miller and the Broncos to reach a deal before the July 15 signing date, KUSA reported.
The Super Bowl 50 MVP and Broncos general manager John Elway have spoken three times over the past few weeks, indicating the sides are working out details of a contract that will appeal to both sides.
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The Broncos gave Miller a June 7 deadline to accept a six-year, $114.5 million contract. Miller accepted and is reportedly fine with the basics of the deal, but wants more than the guaranteed $39.8 million that only goes through the first two years.
Miller was placed under the Broncos' $14.129 million exclusive franchise tag on March 1, which did not please him. According to Miller, there was "no chance" he would play under the franchise tag and he would rather sit out the 2016 season.
If no long-term deal is signed by July 15, Miller said he will miss the season, but then there would be no way he would have the exclusive franchise tag again put on him the following year. If that's the case, then Miller would go on the free-agent market, where he could get a better deal elsewhere.
Birds aren't smart.
If you want to make fun of someone, you can call them a bird-brain. You know why? Because our friendly flying creatures have small heads, which doesn't provide space for larger brains like us humans. Their meager minds can't determine whether clear glass is a continuation of the skies — or conceal an arena where players run into one another while spectators cheer.
That's why bird advocates have been calling on the Vikings to do something about the potential danger of seeing their companions continuously fly to their deaths at the Vikings' new stadium, which features 200,000 square feet of glass. The stadium could interfere with the Mississippi River migratory flyway, which would lead to an apocalyptic scene of birds dropping from the earth's atmosphere.
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Thankfully for bird supporters, the Vikings have listened. According to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Vikings will invest in a three-year, $300,000 study to see if there are any dangers to the birds. Each side will pay $150,000 “to design a collaborative, scientific program to design, research, observe, monitor, analyze, and assess the potential impact of the stadium on bird mortality due to bird collisions.”
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J.J. Watt's season is reportedly in jeopardy.
The superstar defensive end suffered a recurrence of his back injury and may be forced him to miss the remainder of the season, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night.
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The Texans placed Watt on injured reserve Wednesday with the hope he can return this year.
Watt had back surgery in July to repair a herniated disk. He missed training camp and most of Houston's preseason schedule. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year likely hurt his back Thursday in the Texans' 27-0 loss to the Patriots.
Watt played most of last season with torn torso and groin muscles and the herniated disk.
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He had gotten off to a slow start this season with just 1 1/2 sacks and eight tackles, but he has feasted on the Titans — Houston's next opponent. Watt has 15 1/2 sacks in 10 career games against Tennessee, but it doesn't appear he will be on the field Sunday.
Devon Still would be the next man up to replace Watt. The Texans will sign defensive end Antonio Smith, who was with the Texans from 2009-13 and a Pro Bowler in 2011, to replace Watt on the roster.
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Without Watt, the Texans still have a formidable front with a healthy Jadeveon Clowney and outside linebackers John Simon and Whitney Mercilus. But Watt is the straw that stirs the drink.
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As the NFL season continues on into Week 3, injuries are starting to take their toll and, in some cases, heal up. Carson Wentz appears to be close to returning to quarterback the Eagles; Larry Fitzgerald is dealing with a hamstring injury; and Greg Olsen is trying his best to recover from a foot fracture and return to the Panthers. As the season continues, more injuries will rear their heads and have an impact on fantasy football rankings, strategy, and of course, the waiver wire.
For updates on key RBs LeSean McCoy, Todd Gurley, Dalvin Cook, and Melvin Gordon, go here.
We'll be sure to keep you in the loop about all the latest important injury news around the NFL and how it might impact fantasy football.
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Is Carson Wentz playing in Week 3?
UPDATE: Wentz is officially starting in Week 3.
The long-awaited moment for Wentz and the Eagles appears to be here. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Wentz is "on track" to play in the Eagles Week 3 matchup with the Colts. Wentz is expected to be cleared for contact this week and should be able to suit up and take on one of the weaker-looking defenses in the NFL.
If Wentz does in fact return this week, we like him to pick up where he left off as a potential QB1 and have him ranked accordingly in our QB rankings. Sure, he may[......]Read More
The will be trades, yes. But for now, the full order of picks for the 2019 NFL Draft is set.
While the NFL Draft order of picks for 2019 was established at the conclusion of last season, trades have already re-arranged many of the selections in Rounds 1-7. Compensatory NFL Draft picks also were awarded to 15 teams and tacked onto the back ends of the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft, adding to the full list of picks that total 254 for 2019.
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The Patriots were awarded four compensatory NFL Draft picks in 2019, tied for the most given to any team in the league, which brought their total to 12 overall draft picks in 2019. Because, you know, the defending Super Bowl champions need all the help they can get in the form of NFL Draft picks. Only the Giants enter the 2019 NFL Draft with as many picks as the Patriots have in total.
Of course, the total number of NFL Draft picks for each team in 2019 is likely to change as trades — either before or during the selection process — impact the draft order and full list of picks. It's also worth repeating that there are 254 total draft picks in 2019, not the traditional 256, because the Redskins and Giants each forfeited one 2019 NFL Draft pick when they selected players in las[......]Read More
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Landon Collins didn't leave New York by choice.
Speaking Thursday on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football," the Redskins safety opened up about his exit from the Giants and revealed he would have liked to finish his NFL career with the team that drafted him.
"It hit me pretty tough, honestly," Collins said. "I thought I was always going to be a Giant. I made it known to the media and the fans. I wanted to be a Giant since I was drafted there, wanted to be one of those Michael Strahans, those guys who finished their years out there. Things didn't turn out that way."
Despite his unwanted departure, Collins is looking forward to facing his former team during the regular season.
"Appreciate you fans and all the love," Collins said. "Honestly, it's been a great journey over there. Sorry, I'm with the Redskins, but, hey, y'all still get to see me twice a year. We gonna have fun."
Collins was also asked about his thoughts on the Odell Beckham Jr. trade that sent the wide receiver to the Browns earlier this offseason, which led him to call out Giants general manager Dave Gettleman for his handling of the situation as he tried to change[......]Read More
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Few people could have predicted that Teddy Bridgewater, Mason Rudolph and Daniel Jones would be the talk of the NFL at the end of Week 2.
But that's where things stand after the official benching of Eli Manning on Tuesday followed injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.
From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 2 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:
— Rams coach Sean McVay spoke highly of his interior offensive line's performance Sunday against the Saints despite being composed of two new starters: "Really, when you look at those three guys, very young group," he said . "They did a good job as the game progressed."
— Despite a disappointing outing Sunday in which he missed three kicks, Colts veteran Adam Vinatieri isn't getting discouraged: "I’m going to work a lot this week to get those demons out so I can go clear-headed and step on the field and just do my job," he told reporters .
— Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians talked about what it was like babysitting Ronde and Tiki Barber in late 1970s as a Virginia Tech teammate and roommate of their father James : "(Ronde)'s got some really ugly pictures of me with some bad hair."
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Baker Mayfield will be out of the league unless he learns to respect the game, Richard Sherman said in an astonishing critique of the Browns quarterback after Sherman said Mayfield snubbed a pregame handshake with the 49ers cornerback.
The 49ers cruised to a dominant 31-3 win over the Browns on Monday to move to 4-0, with the former No. 1 overall pick enduring a rough night at Levi's Stadium.
Sherman intercepted Mayfield's second pass and afterward revealed that the Niners defense was given extra motivation by the Mayfield's decision not to shake hands with Sherman and fellow San Francisco captain DeForest Buckner at the cointoss.
You love to see it. @RSherman_25 picks off Baker Mayfield.
7-0 49ers early in the 1st quarter #CLEvsSF pic.twitter.com/zELRKvrgPd
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 8, 2019
"What's amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning," Sherman said (via NFL.com). "That's some college s—. It's ridiculous.
"We're all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that's NFL eti[......]Read More