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Brett Perriman, who spent 10 seasons in the NFL, has been hospitalized after collapsing Tuesday night.
The 50-year-old Perriman, who is the father of Baltimore Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman, had extremely high blood pressure and was placed on life support, according to Miami radio station WINZ.
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Perriman remained on life support Wednesday, according to WINZ host Andy Slater, but showed signs of improvement.
Prayers up for my pops! He's the real definition of hard body so I know he will be walking out the hospital like nothing happen very soon 🙏🏾
— Breshad Perriman (@B_Perriman11) May 4, 2016
Perriman was standout receiver at the University of Miami, catching 62 passes for 1,073 yards and six touchdowns over his four-year career while also serving as the team's primary return man. Hip-hop star Luther Campbell, a longtime Miami supporter and friend of Perriman, tweeted Tuesday night Perriman was "fighting for his life."
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Colin Kaepernick, who has been mired in a quarterback controversy with Blaine Gabbert to see who will lead the 49ers this season, may have sparked a real controversy Friday night.
Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem before the 49ers preseason game at Levi's Stadium, although the move went unnoticed by most at the time. ProFootballTalk.com reported the story more than an hour after the game, and no reporters asked Kaepernick about it following the 49ers 21-10 loss to the Packers.
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Kaepernick explained his stance during an interview with NFL.com: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," he said after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
But Kaepernick's action prompted the 49ers to issue a statement acknowledging that he sat during the anthem, and defend[......]Read More
Tampa Bay’s running back woes could finally be coming to an end.
Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio with co-host Gil Brandt and me, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Friday night there is optimism that starter Doug Martin can return to practice from a hamstring injury next week and play in Tampa Bay’s Nov. 13 home game against Chicago.
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“We’re hopeful that after these three days off that maybe he has a shot at Chicago,” Koetter said. “But hamstrings seem to linger a little bit. We’ll have to wait and see.”
The NFL’s second-leading rusher last season with 1,402 yards, Martin initially injured his hamstring during a Week 2 loss to Arizona. The Bucs had expected Martin to return for a Week 7 game at San Francisco, but he suffered a setback during rehabilitation that has sidelined him ever since.
“These hamstrings are just delicate,” Koetter said. “He was 90-plus percent back and doing his rehab run one day and he tweaked it again. (Bucs trainers) kind of had to go back and start over.”
Compounding the loss of Martin— who was signed to a five-year, $36 million contract extension in the offseason — are injuries that have struck his replacements. Charles Sims (knee) has landed on injured reserve and Jacquizz Rodgers was forced to miss Thursday night’s 43-28 home loss to Atlanta with a sprained foot. Antone Smith became the latest casualty against the Falcons with what Koetter described[......]Read More
How does an NFL team go from a 5-0 anticipated Super Bowl contender to a 6-5 team fighting for a playoff spot? Injuries to multiple key starting players is the easy answer, especially when one position group is hit extra hard.
Case in point: this year's Minnesota Vikings.
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It's the bane of a GM or head coach's existence — watching a potentially great season slip slide away because of an excessive dose of the injury bug.
I've been there during my NFL management career and saw a season lost as the injuries piled up, so I feel the pain of Vikings GM Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer. They've tried to stay afloat after losing a half dozen quality players to season-ending injuries. It started with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's ACL tear late in preseason. All pro back Adrian Peterson was lost to a knee injury in Week 2.
Then the carnage hit the offensive line and claimed Pro Bowl left tackle Matt Kalil, starting right tackle Andre Smith and veteran fill-in tackle Jake Long who are all on injured reserve. Several other offensive linemen missed starts with lesser injuries, putting the line in constant flux.
Behind a great trade acquisition in quarterback Sam Bradford and with a dominant defense, along with some stellar play in the return game, the Vikings still got off to the hot start. But then the problems with the offensive line and the loss of Peterson manifested into no ru[......]Read More
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Logan Thomas was drafted as a quarterback in 2014, but moved to tight end this week.
The newest Bills player, who was signed off the Lions' practice squad Tuesday, said he's facing a pretty steep learning curve while trying to make the transition to a new position. He's hoping to channel his inner Adam Sandler, but not Paul Crewe or Bobby Boucher.
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"I'm in kindergarten when these guys are at a pro level," Thomas joked Monday with Detroit media, via the Detroit Free Press. "I’m going to have to be kind of like Billy Madison and go through it as fast as I can."
He was a fourth-round pick of the Cardinals, but completed just one of his nine pass attempts as a rookie, though it was an 81-yard t[......]Read More
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Chargers defensive end Chris McCain has a fun tradition before every game where he will pick a kid out of the stands and bring them down onto the field for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can scroll through his Instagram page and see all of the times he has done it this season.
But if you look at his latest post, you'll see he ran into a problem while trying to continue his tradition Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., before the Chargers played the Patriots. He provided video and photos of him being stopped by a Gillette Stadium security guard, and he explained in his caption what happened.
This walk was special because this security guard tried his hardest to stop my walk today. He first told me I couldn't take him without proper credentials. I got the credentials and he stopped us in the video you see and says "you can't walk cause you went a got a pass just for him". So then he grabs the kid arm and snatches the pass away from him. I told him "never do that again especially in front of me". Kid then starts crying. So the guard knew he was w[......]
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Expectations in sports are tricky. If a team does not meet them (see this season’s Giants and Raiders in the NFL), it is considered an underachieving failure.
When a team exceeds expectations, everyone loves it as the toast of the town. That’s what the Saints were when coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees first hit the Crescent City in 2006. It's what they are this year, too, entering Week 9 after five straight wins.
New Orleans is the surprise leader of the tough NFC South, a division that includes the last two NFC Super Bowl teams, the Falcons and Panthers, who despite their winning records in 2017 are still chasing the 5-2 Saints.
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The Saints became the darlings of the football world in 2009, when they energized a hurricane-ravaged city post-Katrina and became an NFL power on their way to a Super Bowl title. Brees was then and still is the igniter for the Saints. But these days, everyone talks about how great Tom Brady is playing for the Patriots at age 40, while Brees flies more under the radar while also defying Father Time at age 38.
The early MVP talk this season is centered more around the Eagles' Carson Wentz and Brady than Brees, who leads the NFL with a 70.6 percent[......]Read More
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The Seattle Seahawks did just enough to come away with a win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Dallas outgained Seattle 283-136 in the game. But the Seahawks forced three turnovers and Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns as Seattle pulled out a 21-12 win at AT&T Stadium.
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Dallas fell to 8-7 and was officially eliminated from the playoffs with the loss, while the Seahawks moved to 9-6.
Russell Wilson registered just 93 passing yards but threw the two scores to lead Seattle to the win. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 97 yards on 24 carries in his return from a six-game suspension.
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Sporting News provided live updates throughout Sunday’s game. Here’s how the Seahawks came away with a road victory (all times Eastern).
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Final score: Seahawks 21, Cowboys 12
7:19 p.m.: The Cowboys advance to the Seattle 30 with 1:05 to play. Dallas attempts a 48-yard field goal but Dan Bailey misses wide right again. Sea[......]Read More
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Matt Ryan has a new tutor.
A source told Sporting News that Atlanta has hired Greg Knapp as its new quarterbacks coach.
The well-traveled Knapp is returning to the franchise where he was offensive coordinator from 2004 to 2006 when Michael Vick was at quarterback. Besides holding that position with the Falcons, Knapp has previously served as OC in San Francisco (2001 to 2003), Oakland (2007-2008, 2012) and Seattle (2009).
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Knapp also is learned in the type of West Coast-style offense the Falcons are running from his time working under ex-Atlanta coordinator Kyle Shanahan and former Houston head coach Gary Kubiak during respective stints with the Texans (2010 and 2011) and Broncos (2013-2016).
Knapp, 54, is replacing Bush Hamdan, who is returning to the University of Washington staff after one year with the Falcons.
Knapp and Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian are now entrusted with helping Ryan return to his MVP level of 2016. Ryan’s completion percentage (69.9 to 64.7), passing yards (4,944 to 4,095) and touchdowns (38 to 20) declined significantly in Sarkisian’s first year replacing Shanahan. Ryan also threw 12 interceptions compared to seven[......]Read More