Elite Kids Kyle Juszczyk Jersey One of the most interesting matchups of opening week in the NFL is New Orleans’ visit to Minnesota on Monday night. A key subplot in that game will be Adrian Peterson facing his former team, for which he is the all-time rushing leader.
MCMANUS’S MILLIONS : McManus was the last restricted free agent to sign his tender this summer, waiting until June 15 to put his signature on a one-year, $2.75 million deal after making $600,000 last season. He did it in hopes of getting a long-term deal, which he finally got Monday just hours before kickoff when he agreed to a three-year extension worth $11.25 million.
BEEFY BRONCOS : The Broncos beefed up their depleted defensive line before kickoff by promoting rookie nose tackle Tyrique Pot Roast Jr. Jarrett to their active roster and waiving Kyle Peko.
INJURY UPDATES: Chargers backup SS Rayshawn Jenkins left in the second half with a concussion. So did Broncos starting right guard Ronald Leary, who was replaced by second-year pro Connor McGovern. Leary will be in concussion protocol during the week as the Broncos prepare to face his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. Broncos rookie CB Brandon Langley left in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and Stewart left in the closing minutes with a strained left groin after collecting six tackles.
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UP NEXT: The Chargers host the Miami Dolphins, whose opener was scrubbed by Hurricane Irma. The Broncos are home again to take on the Cowboys.
The decision on Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension will likely come sooner than later due to the pressure to reach a resolution immediately, ESPN.com reported Thursday.
Apparently pressure has been put on NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson to have a ruling by Monday. Elliott’s appeal began Tuesday and ended Thursday.
Elliott is trying to get his suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident overturned. Many are speculating Elliott will still be suspended, but that the amount of games will be reduced.
The season-ending injury is another bump in the road for the talented defender who all but shut down the Pats’ Rob Gronkowski on Thursday.
Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Dec. 8, 2014, but returned to make the Pro Bowl in 2015.
He then built on that season by earning his fifth Pro Bowl appearance in 2016 after finishing with four interceptions and two touchdowns.
The Chiefs rewarded him with a six-year, $78 million deal before this season, making him the highest-paid safety in the NFL in 2017.
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When you’ve been through that and he’s done it, and it’s happened again, it’s happened again, done it, and it sucks, Bears tight end Zach Miller said. You can’t control that stuff. Kevin is such a good football player. He’s had unfortunate stuff happen to him early in his career. It won’t derail the kid. It won’t. I mean, if I can do it, he can do it.
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New Orleans Saints right tackle Zach Strief was ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a knee injury after he walked off the field with trainers before halftime.
Losing Strief is a big blow to a Saints offense that was already starting the year without left tackle Terron Armstead because of a shoulder injury.
New Orleans’ offense struggled to generate much of anything in the first three quarters, falling behind 19-9 with 196 total net yards.
Rookie first-round draft pick Ryan Ramczyk started for the Saints at left tackle and allowed a sack to Everson Griffen. Veteran swingman Senio Kelemete replaced Strief at right tackle.
In other words, Cohen won’t see close to that number moving forward and he’s not a realistic threat to Jordan Howard on early downs. Though Cohen stole the headlines, Howard played eight more snaps and recorded more touches (16-13, including a 13-5 edge in carries). Cohen deserves to be in the flex conversation, but he’ll be a candidate for close to 10 touches most weeks. Also, should Howard miss time, the 5-foot-6, 180-pound Cohen won’t be a realistic candidate for a workhorse role. You should place a claim for Cohen on waivers this week, but don’t overpay.
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Authentic Mens Paul Krause Jersey The Philadelphia Eagles’ Howie Roseman and the Seahawks’ John Schneider were in their 30s when they first became general managers. They’ve been among the most willing wheelers and dealers in the trade market for years. There’s now another group of younger decision-makers in place.
Age is not the only variable — the Patriots’ Bill Belichick is 65 and as willing to deal as anyone — but it could be one indicator for an openness to making deals.
What was said: Elliott has denied the allegations and tweeted that he was surprised and disappointed by the league’s decision. He officially filed his appeal on the Tuesday after the league’s ruling was announced.
Part of the plan for Elliott’s appeal was to discredit his accuser. The NFLPA engaged in a war of words with the NFL about this via Twitter.
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Wilson led the Seahawks on a two-minute drill and Walsh added another three points at the end of the second quarter.
Blair Walsh got two more field goals in the third quarter to extend Seattle’s lead to multiple possessions.
Patrick Mahomes, still playing with the second team behind Alex Smith, had a much tougher game here than last week. He completed just 8 of 15 passes for 70 yards as the Chiefs could only manage three points in the second half.
The Broncos were searching for a backup with knowledge of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s playbook. Osweiler, who played for McCoy in 2012 when McCoy was in the last year of his previous stint in Denver, is viewed as a backup quarterback, with Trevor Siemian as the starter.
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Elway said he believed the Broncos will have the player who helped the Broncos go 5-2 in the starts Peyton Manning missed with an injured foot in 2015 — and not the player who often struggled in his time with the Houston Texans and Browns.
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I’m sure it’s been a tough one for him, Elway said. I know we thought a lot of Brock. He went 5-2 as a starter for us, and without Brock that year, we don’t win a Super Bowl.
I’m sure it’s been a long 18 months for him. He’s been through a lot, I’m sure. … He’s going to need a little football rehab, we know that. We’ll welcome him with open arms and give him some love.
The Browns have been very methodical the past two offseasons, with the focus on both quantity and quality of draft picks. There will be a glimmer of hope as some of those commodities start to click, with their solid three-to-four-year plan becoming more evident.
Authentic Kids Nomar Mazara Jersey The 49ers are off to a good start becoming the Browns of the NFC — which sounds bad now, but great for later. This is a more of a foundation year for John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan and new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. As far as defensive cornerstones, it doesn’t get better than Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster.
Unfortunately, with Fitzpatrick going to the Buccaneers to serve as Jameis Winston’s top backup — replacing Mike Glennon and ahead of Ryan Griffin —Kaepernick is down to the Seahawks or bust to be on an NFL roster in 2017.
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I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color, Kaepernick said. 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.
Immediately there was a reaction. Even Harbaugh, who applauds Kaepernick in this piece, was against his former player’s actions at first.
People from every outlet seemed to have an opinion on the matter, and the protest went international. Other NFL players joined in, then high school and college football players joined and eventually athletes in other sports took part.
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This also serves as a bit of a leverage play for Irving. He’s letting teams know that they won’t be able to retain him when he’s a free agent in 2020. That’s still a ways down the line, but it’s what he has.
Irving just blindsided the Cavs with this. The market on stars has cooled off — Paul George and Jimmy Butler are both off the table already. Every marquee free agent has already chosen a destination. The Cavaliers are left with little options to choose from.
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What does Johnson provide for the 76ers?
Johnson is a really solid, all-around player who could fit into most team’s rotations as a backup big, like he will in Philadelphia. He’s a good rebounder who plays physical defense, he has added a three-point shot to his game if you leave him open (41 percent on about one attempt per game last year), and you can even trust him to help initiate action and make smart passes on the perimeter.
What about his contract?
Right now, Philadelphia is very careful to maintain their long-term flexibility over the next couple seasons, willing to overpay veterans in exchange for one-year deals. Johnson fits that role perfectly, just like Redick’s one-year, $23 million signed earlier on Saturday did. Philadelphia will still have loads of cap space next season, too.
The 76ers are incredibly young, and a few smart veterans in the locker room is important to keep everyone in check. With Gerald Henderson — who played that role last year — maybe playing himself into a longer-term contract, Johnson is a good fit there while being a pretty good role player, too.
Christian Hackenberg struggled against the Lions Saturday, leading New York media to roast him and predict Josh McCown has won the team’s starting quarterback job.
In fact, a couple of Jets beat reporters said watching Hackenberg and the Jets offense was almost as dangerous as staring at Monday’s solar eclipse.
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Wrote Jets beat writer Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Scholars everywhere are in agreement: Staring directly into the impending solar eclipse isn’t the only thing that can cause irreparable harm to your eyesight. Watch the Jets offense at your own risk.
Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player, Brown said. Football is commercial. You have owners. You have fans. And you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money. …
You have to understand there’s intelligence that’s involved, OK? I can’t be two things at once that contradict each other. If I sign for money, then the people I sign with, they have rules and regulations.
Former NFL agent Joel Corry told Steele that if Kaepernick eventually is released (as many anticipate), it will have a chilling effect on guys speaking out. They’ll make the connection — speak out? Gone. Especially the guys who weren’t necessarily secure.
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Robert Kraft might still be upset about Deflategate, and Jerry Jones might not be happy about the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, but NFL owners as a group apparently have no concerns about Roger Goodell’s job performance.
The NFL is close to extending the commissioner’s contract through 2024, SportsBusiness Journal reported Monday, saying an announcement could come this week.
Goodell’s current contract runs through 2019, so there was no real urgency to secure an extension, but making the move now represents a significant vote of confidence from the owners days after NFL Players’ Association chief DeMaurice Smith said he expects a strike or lockout to occur in 2021.
A Goodell extension does not need to be approved by all 32 owners; the members of the six-man compensation committee are empowered to make decisions on his contract.
The pressure is mounting for an NFL team to offer Colin Kaepernick a job. And Hall of Famer and former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith thinks the controversial quarterback has what it takes to secure a roster spot.
“I think Colin Kaepernick definitely has the talent to play the game of football,” Smith told BlackSportsOnline. “I think somebody needs to give him a chance.”
This is one of the most poorly handled contracts in the NFL. The Chiefs allowed Hali’s previous contract to expire and accelerate millions to the salary cap, causing them to defer far too much guaranteed money to 2017. Hali last year was nowhere near as productive as he was in his prime and saw his playing time significantly reduced, but the Chiefs have no options until after this year because of the large guarantee.
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The NBA is moving its trade deadline to the Thursday before the All-Star Game for the 2017-18 season, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Historically the deadline has occurred on the Thursday following the event, but next season’s is slated for Feb. 8.
Mbah a Moute averaged 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. He developed into a serviceable three-point shooter, nailing a career-best 39 percent of his triples last season, though he only attempted 1.4 per game. In the postseason, his clip from downtown fell to 31.3 percent on 2.3 attempts per game.
In signing with Houston, Mbah a Moute adds another layer of front court defensive intensity to a Rockets team that has put the emphasis on offense. Houston now has both Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza, a duo of wings who can switch defensively and guard multiple positions on the court.
Mbah a Moute played alongside Chris Paul in Los Angeles for the past two seasons. He rejoins his ex-teammate in Houston after Paul orchestrated his trade to the Rockets in late June.
As the NBA luxury tax has gotten more punitive and NBA teams have gotten wiser, irresponsible contracts in unrestricted free agency are fewer these days. This isn’t to say that there are no more bad contracts: Chandler Parsons and Joakim Noah signed large deals despite being major injury risks a year ago, and contracts for Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng, and Solomon Hill looked dicey before the ink dried.
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