Although Steelers linebacker James Harrison was expected to return for his 14th season in 2016, he had said that he wanted to see how he felt this offseason before he committed.
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On Monday, he committed.
I'll be 38 on Wednesday and I'm feeling just like a fine wine. Getting better with age.😂😂😂
“I’m turning 38 on Wednesday and I’m feeling just like a fine wine,” Harrison wrote on his Instagram account. “Getting better with age.”
Harrison had 27 total tackles, five sacks and one interception in 15 games last season.
A five-time Pro Bowl performer, he is slated to be paid $1.5 million in 2016.
A major insurance carrier and league sponsor reportedly will no longer provide coverage to the NFL against concussions.
The New York Post said AIG, one of the nation's largest providers, has stopped insuring NFL players for claims related to health issues from head trauma. AIG similarly ended protection for Pop Warner participants a few years ago.
Neither AIG nor NFL officials responded to the Post report, which cited an unidentified source familiar with the company's policies.
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AIG will continue a relationship with the NFL for non-concussive injures and as a sponsor for USA Football, which promotes the game and seeks to make it safer to play for youngsters.
The Post noted that AIG is among many insurers embroiled in a lawsuit against the NFL. Those companies stand to lose more than a $1 billion is settlements to retired players and argue that the league intentionally hid the dangers of potential head trauma while playing.
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The Titans have a new member in the locker room, but you won't see Steve on the transactions report. That's because Steve is a dead beaver.
Taylor Lewan requested this taxidermy beaver from his fiancée for his birthday. Steve is... https://t.co/HOvq04wThT pic.twitter.com/dlfiyGf0zn
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) November 3, 2016
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Why is there a dead beaver in the Titans' locker room? All we know is offensive lineman Taylor Lewan wanted it for his birthday, which was in July. According to ESPN's Titans beat writer, Paul Kuharsky, "Steve is a regular in the locker room."
More from Kuharsky : "[Cornerback Curtis] Riley said it's part of a locker room beef between some of the offensive line and the defensive backs. 'Steve's plotting. We've got to stay on our toes.' Riley was willing to pose with Steve, but refused to touch him."
Taylor Lewan just took his taxidermy beaver - "Steve the beav" - with him into the shower. #Titans pic.twitter.com/tWiwDZVMAH
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Tom Brady’s son has learned a lot from hanging out around his dad and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Rule 1: Don't reveal injury news. Rule 2: Be as short and vague as possible when talking with the media.
So when 6-year-old Benny interrupted the Patriots’ quarterback’s weekly radio interview with Westwood One on Monday night, he took what he learned to heart when speaking with host Jim Gray about his dad's come-from-behind win over the Jets on Sunday.
Here's the exchange, via the Boston Globe:
Did you watch your daddy play yesterday?
“Yeah, he was playing against the green guys. I don’t know what they’re called, but they’re very good,” Benny said.
How did you think your dad did yesterday?
“Great. He flipped his chest. And he tripped, too. And he got even more hurt.”
More hurt? Maybe you’ll tell us what’s wrong with him?
“I don’t know. He’s like a donkey.”
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Benny also weighed in on the Patriots' next road game against the rival Broncos on Dec. 18: “He’s going to be like, next fight with the Broncos, it’s going to be crazy. He’s going to be like a horse next time.”
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UPDATE 4/26: The layoffs at ESPN are said to be closer to 100, according to sources. Here is an updated list of the biggest names laid off by ESPN.
The layoffs at ESPN might turn out worse than predicted, sources tell Sporting News.
The Worldwide Leader in Sports could cut around 70 TV/radio anchors, reporters, analysts and online writers over coming days and weeks, sources said.
That would be worse than the 40 to 50 on-air talents predicted by ESPN book author James Andrew Miller during a podcast with Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
The higher numbers may reflect the inclusion of online writers like respected Titans beat reporter Paul Kuharsky who tweeted Monday his contract is not being renewed.
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One of the funniest plays in the NFL this Sunday was when Kirk Cousins offered up Robert Kelley to take a beating.
Here's what happened: the ball was snapped too high, allowing the defensive line to come crashing in, Cousins caught it, but not wanting to take the hit, he lateraled the ball to his running back who got hit by three players. Video of the play went viral as people kept making fun of Cousins for sacrificing Kelley.
Kirk Cousins let Rob Kelley take the punishment 🤣 pic.twitter.com/WZrlOOW2jR
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 5, 2017
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Speaking Monday on a local radio show with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier, Cousins explained what went into that play. According to the quarterback, Kelley is the one who said he'd be willing to take the hit.
“This is why I love Rob Kelley. Because if the ball is seemingly 10 stories high and I’m just waiting for it to come down hoping I don’t get sandwiched in the process, I hear Rob yelling — I don’t remember exactly what he said — but I r[......]
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Zack Golditch feels lucky to be alive. And now, he feels lucky to be headed to the NFL.
The free agent lineman from Colorado State, and a survivor of the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, was recently signed by the Chargers.
"I never stopped and realized this is part of my story," Golditch said to USA Today. "I shouldn't push that away, because what I hold on to right now is a story, not just about myself, but about everyone else. I can carry that and represent them through what I do now and how I carry myself. I have to embrace it."
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When Golditch was 17 years old, he went to a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20 and selected a seat near the front of Theater 8 inside the Century 16 Theater.
About 20 minutes into the movie, Golditch heard a loud popping sound coming from Theater 9.
He was struck by a stray bullet that had gone through the theater wall and into the left side of his neck.
Golditch ran out of the theater and into the parking lot, where he pulled out his phone to call 911.
Thankfully, Golditch survived the mass shooting. Twelve people did not.
Golditch was in the hospital for less than seven hours and he even showed up to lift weights at Ga[......]Read More
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Sam Darnold’s football career has been highlighted by his ability to bounce back.
After beginning his redshirt freshman season at USC on the bench, Darnold started at quarterback in the team’s fourth game of the season, a 31-27 loss against a ranked Utah team on the road. But that was the last time the Trojans lost that season. Darnold led them to nine straight victories, including wins over No. 4 Washington on the road and No. 5 Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
In his first NFL game with the Jets a couple weeks ago, Darnold had to bounce back after his first career pass resulted in a pick-six against the Lions. After that, the 21-year-old completed 17 of his last 21 passes, threw two touchdowns and led New York to a 48-17 win.
In Week 3 against the Browns, Darnold will have to bounce back yet again. He threw two interceptions in the Jets’ home debut last week, a 20-12 loss to the Dolphins.
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"Every loss that we have as a team, every loss that I have as an individual, whether it’s a game or whether it’s a play, I’m going to take that as a lesson that I can learn and not a loss," Darnold said after the loss to Miami. "I’m going to come back and probably on that same play, if that[......]Read More
Daniel Jones wins Giants job, Tom Brady passes Patriots torch and more Week 1 preseason overreactions
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Everyone knows that everything seen in Week 1 of the NFL preseason is exactly what it will be for the 2019 regular season.
Now that every team has played at least one game that doesn't count, it's time to react to the first live action of the NFL season. Here we add a dose of reality to the most hyped storylines coming out of the weekend.
2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:
Standings, playoff projections, Super Bowl pick
Overreaction: Patriots are ready to replace a retiring Tom Brady (again)
Brady and his wife are selling their mansion in Massachusetts. He is set up to be a free agent in 2020. At the same time, while Brady sat out New England's preseason opener, rookie fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham parlayed his strong training camp into a fine debut (14-of-24, 179 yards, TD, 95.7 passer rating) against the Lions.
Stop if you've heard this before: From all accounts, Stidham's talent, toughness, smarts, knowledge of the offense, confidence and poise already make him a worthy heir apparent to Brady. So it looks like the Patriots have their new Jimmy Garoppolo, just in time for Brady's true swan song as a 42-year-old.
After all, Brady will be lost with a limited receiving corps behind Julian Edelman and can't possibly lead his team t[......]Read More
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Delanie Walker didn't buy into the Browns buzz entering the season.
And nothing changed Sunday, as the Titans tight end didn't shy away from his opinion about Cleveland after Tennessee left FirstEnergy Stadium with a 43-13 victory to start the regular season.
"It's funny, man. It's so funny, like you can doubt someone and you ain't even played the game yet," Walker told reporters after the game, via The Tennessean. "But that's what we do in this league. We hype teams. We hype 'em and that's the norm."
The Browns entered the game as the favorite but slipped into disarray as they committed 18 penalties for 182 yards to drop their 15th straight regular-season opener.
"We didn't circle this game. This is just another game," Walker added. "We ain't even worried about it. I'm gonna tell you again, man. They were who we thought they were. Y'all can crown 'em if you want. Crown 'em. Still got to play football."
#Titans TE Delanie Walker on Browns / their hype:
“They are who we thought they were.”
“We didn’t even circle this game.”
“Y’all can cro[......]