Jason Pierre-Paul still isn’t recovered from his fireworks accident from over the summer

The Packers probably took the biggest injury hit around the league this summer when they lost Jordy Nelson for the season with an ACL injury. But the man who’s expected to replace the majority of Nelson’s production, Randall Cobb, is battling health problems as well.

Cobb injured his shoulder during the Packers’ second preseason game, and just returned to practice Wednesday. There’s no definitive word on whether Cobb will suit up to take on the Bears in Week 1, but the fact that he’s practicing is a good sign.

If Cobb can’t go Sunday, second-year wideout Davante Adams would become the new number one receiver in his absence.

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Jason Pierre-Paul still isn’t recovered from his fireworks accident from over the summer, which cost him a finger and will likely cost him his first few game checks this season as well.
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“You know you’re going against the best and it’s a big opportunity because you want to be at your best and try to make a play against him,” cornerback A.J. Bouye said. “And at the end of the day it all comes down to winning and changing the game on defense and getting the ball in our offense’s hands.”

O’Brien knows how Brady prepares for games, and he is aware the four-time Super Bowl champion will have a good idea of what the Texans will present defensively.

“We’re not going to show him anything that he hasn’t already seen,” O’Brien said. “He’s been doing it for years, 17 years or whatever it is. I mean, that’s part of what makes him who he is. He’s seen it all. He’s very well-prepared. He’s played against a lot of these players. He’s played against this scheme.
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“We just need to kind of do what we do and execute and play every play. Be very focused on every single play, I think that’s big for us.”

DeMarcus Ware expected to be out 2 weeks with back injury

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Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware left Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with a back injury. He’s expected to miss two weeks with what Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is calling a back strain.

Limited Mens Ronnie Lott Jersey The Broncos will play the Cleveland Browns in Week 6, but have a bye the following week, meaning Ware is likely to only miss one game. Rookie Shane Ray is listed as Ware’s primary backup on the depth chart.

He did.

That is Bradshaw in 2010, after Roethlisberger’s second sexual violence incident — a rape accusation in Georgia for which the quarterback received a six-game suspension that was later reduced to four games. Bradshaw addressed the following to Roethlisberger at the time:

“I’ve told everyone I wasn’t happy when the commissioner reduced your suspension from six games to four games. I wouldn’t have done that. I don’t know that you’ve proven to the NFL that you’re on the right path, but I hope so.

So to answer a lot of questions: When Roethlisberger was accused of sexual violence, Terry Bradshaw stood loudly on the same side he now occupies regarding Hardy: The right one. You can put aside this accusation of a double standard for one of the few people around the NFL using his pulpit to send a message the league needs to hear. The takeaway here should be how bleak it is that, years later, Bradshaw still has to upbraid organizations for keeping men like this around.

Tate wasn¡¯t seeing the ball much early, and his numbers showed it

¡°I feel like every time I think I have it, I come back and make a stupid mistake,¡± Tate said. ¡°A simple, silly, knucklehead mistake. That seems to happen all the time. It¡¯s like, ¡®I got it. I got it. I think I got it.¡¯ And I guess I become slightly complacent and then, ‘Boom.'”
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The ¡°Boom¡± happens less frequently now and often in places most don¡¯t see — like in practice, when he¡¯s still running hard. If he makes the mistake there, then he¡¯s hoping to fix it by game time.

This season was even more of an adaptation. Tate wasn¡¯t seeing the ball much early, and his numbers showed it. That led to the well-known benching in Week 4 against Chicago. From there, he emerged as Matthew Stafford’s favored target. Tate stopped focusing on his numbers and his targets and, in turn, ended up producing more on the field.

That was an adaptation by Tate to just refocus himself. And the Lions’ offensive staff worked to feature him more.

When the Bills didn’t play quarterback Tyrod Taylor in their regular-season finale on Sunday against the New York Jets, it sent the message that the team does not intend to pick up the $15.5 million option bonus in his contract that they have until March 11 to decline or exercise.

Picking up the option would guarantee Taylor $30.75 million over the life of the contract, tying him to Buffalo for the next five seasons, and the Bills don’t have any intention of paying it.

Taylor’s core muscle surgery was performed this week with the Bills being aware of, and involved in the process to have it done, per league sources. This was not a surprise to the Bills. Taylor was diagnosed with a core muscle issue late in the season and played with it until Week 17. Bills doctors told Taylor that surgery was possible and they even recommended that he visit Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Dr. Meyers determined there was no medical alternative; surgery was the only option. Taylor’s recovery is expected to be six to eight weeks, possibly longer.
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He also was seventh in Total QBR last season, and ninth in 2016. People in that company get major dollars.

Sharks place Marc-Edouard Vlasic on Injured Reserve

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Game Devan Dubnyk Jersey The Sharks put Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the Injured Reserve list today and recalled Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Barracuda, ruling out the veteran defender from play the rest of the week according to Acquaintance of the Blog Curtis Pashelka.

With Mueller being recalled, Vlasic placed on IR. Out for tomorrow’s game, and Thursday’s vs. Minnesota I believe.

The Lakers scored 31 points in the fourth quarter themselves, so Toronto needed that Lowry performance and ended up scoring 38 to push the lead out into a respectable margin. Los Angeles had their own red-hot shooters, but Lowry was too much. While the Raptors¡¯ losses have come in pairs a few times, Toronto hasn¡¯t lost three in a row all season. Lowry made sure that continued.

That¡¯s what a floor general and team leader does, after all. DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points on Sunday, and he¡¯s clearly one of the team¡¯s two best players and crucial to their success. But Lowry is both those things while becoming the team¡¯s emotional spirit. They ride or die with their 6-foot, 30-year-old point guard, who is just good at being good.

The Raptors¡¯ 23-10 record this season feels disingenuous. The eight-point loss to the Suns last Thursday is a strange one, but most of the team¡¯s defeats come with an explanation. They also lost competitive games to the Warriors twice already this year, twice to Cleveland by four points each, and once to the Clippers by an eight-point margin.

Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan returning to Jets for 2017

In 2015, Todd Bowles revived a moribund New York Jets franchise and guided it to its first 10-win season in five years. Speculation about his future was raised after a 5-11 campaign in 2016, but the Jets are sticking with Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan for one more year.

Jets just confirm Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan will be back in 2017.

Bowles engineered a remarkable turnaround last fall when he brought a Jets team that had finished 4-12 the previous season to the brink of the postseason. New York was 10-5 and one game from clinching a wild card berth before suffering an upset loss at the hands of division rival Buffalo and former head coach Rex Ryan.

The Browns may be less inclined to move down in the order, thanks to another first-round selection from the Philadelphia Eagles. Cleveland received Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick during a trade prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, and it eventually became a relatively valuable selection when the Eagles had a five-game losing streak in the latter half of the 2016 season.

Philadelphia finished the year with a win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17, ending the year with a 7-9 record and securing another pick in the top half of the first round for the Browns.

The Eagles do own the Minnesota Vikings’ first-round pick, though. Minnesota’s opponents finished the season with a combined 125-129-2 record, which is equal to the 126-130 record of Indianapolis Colts’ opponents, so the two teams will flip a coin for rights to the No. 14 pick.

Selig was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this month, sparking some writers to say that if Selig is a Hall of Famer

Going on to lose the game is hardly heinous, knowing that a road date in Oklahoma City is no gimme, but Friday’s home loss to Sacramento still stings, given that the Wolves wasted Zach LaVine’s first 40-point game. If only it helped in the standings when we hear that the Wolves are the first team in NBA history to feature three players under the age of 22 (LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins) to each post a 40-point game in one season.

After an absence of 14 games, Dirk Nowitzki is back at last for the Mavericks, who are also reveling in some strong recent contributions from Deron Williams and the first game-winning bucket of Harrison Barnes’ career. Dallas is by no means whole, with Andrew Bogut still sidelined and J.J. Barea not quite back yet, but some within the Big D sports populace — when they’re not wrapped up in what’s happening with the Cowboys — are starting to worry that the Mavs are poised to start winning more regularly and thus endanger local dreams of a high lottery pick.
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The Mitchell report glossed over the sport’s institutional failures and didn’t touch on the specific decisions made by those in power. Mitchell picked out those 86 players, rather than acknowledging that over a period of more than two decades, it was likely that thousands and thousands of players in the majors and minors used performance-enhancing drugs.

Selig was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this month, sparking some writers to say that if Selig is a Hall of Famer — Bud Selig, the commissioner of the sport during the steroid era — well, then just let in all the cheats, because Selig enabled the problem. Selig was a big part of the problem. Selig was a source of the problem.
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This line of thinking is as unfair and ridiculous as the Mitchell report: Context means everything. Context matters.

The Saints brought in Brees and Payton before the 2006 campaign

That wouldn’t matter much if Payton stays, considering he has final say over all of the Saints’ personnel decisions anyway. Jeff Ireland, the former Dolphins general manager who’s now the assistant GM in New Orleans, would possibly take over the full-time GM duties if Payton remains as head coach. Payton and Ireland have worked with each other in the past.

But if Payton leaves, Loomis would likely be in charge of the coaching search. A top candidate to replace Payton is Doug Marrone, who’s a former assistant coach with the Saints and currently the offensive line coach in Jacksonville. Marrone opted out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills last year after just one season as the head coach.
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The Saints brought in Brees and Payton before the 2006 campaign and they led the club to a 10-6 record and its first division title in six years. Three years later, the Saints captured their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

The Eagles are coming off a primetime whooping from the Arizona Cardinals that can best be described as “Philadelphia and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” The Eagles maintained a close race in the first half, but the Cardinals ran away in the second, finishing 40-17 in Philly.

Quarterback Sam Bradford had his best game with the Eagles on Sunday, despite the loss, putting up a season-high 361 yards for two touchdowns. Bradford found a good rhythm with tight end Zach Ertz, who had eight catches for 78 yards and touchdown, Though Ertz had two drops, he was able to get some points on the board for the team.

Game Kids Jonathan Babineaux Jersey This is the second time these teams will meet this season, the first being in early October when Washington won, 23-20, on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Pierre Garcon with 26 seconds left in the game. The win helped put Washington one game ahead of the Eagles in the NFC East standings.

Is Bautista a better player than Hunter Renfroe?

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Edwin Encarnacion is the one star hitter left, and he averaged 39 home runs and slugged .544 the past five seasons. Only Chris Davis has more home runs in that span, and only four others have a higher slugging percentage. He has hit nearly as well on the road as at home. Still, he¡¯ll be 34 next year, and his 2016 season, relative to the league, wasn¡¯t quite as dominant as his previous four.

Elite Mens Gabriel Landeskog Jersey The concerns about Encarnacion, however, pale next to the others. Mark Trumbo led the majors with 47 home runs. Fifteen years ago, or maybe even 10 years ago, he would have signed a fat deal by now and been heralded as some team¡¯s new cleanup hitter.

This is important. While the average salary continues to rise, the median salary on Opening Day payrolls dropped from $1.65 million in 2015 to $1.5 million in 2016. That means teams are keeping younger, less expensive players over older, higher-paid veterans to fill rosters. This appears to be a direct result of what I¡¯ll generously call ¡°rebuilding¡± teams.

Take the San Diego Padres. Is Bautista a better player than Hunter Renfroe? Probably. But what¡¯s the point? You can pay Renfroe the minimum and find out if he¡¯s any good. Why pay Bautista so much more than Renfroe to win a couple extra games? The Chicago White Sox could use a DH. But the team isn¡¯t aiming for the playoffs, so why sign Napoli to a two-year deal for $30 million or so to win maybe 73 games instead of 71?

The net effect is twofold: It puts more money in owners¡¯ pockets (shocker!), but it also means the 30 best first basemen in baseball aren¡¯t necessarily the 30 starting first basemen.

That¡¯s one reason I think the bidding was quiet for Justin Turner. The Dodgers kind of reluctantly took him back. Not because they don¡¯t need him in 2017 and 2018, but because it might block third base for a potential run at Machado or Donaldson.

if Dallas slips up Sunday night against the Buccaneers, they could still win the NFC East

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“Our mindset is to stop the opponent, to not let them score,” said Landon Collins, the second-year safety who’s emerged as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate after a rough rookie season.

Perhaps Sunday’s performance will help Cooks feel a little better about his Limited Mens Roman Josi Jersey role in New Orleans’ offense, after he expressed his frustration following a zero-target game two weeks ago.

Unfortunately, that’s one of the most tangible positives that could really come from the Saints’ win on Sunday, since they were virtually eliminated from the playoffs following their 28-13 home loss to the Lions in Week 13 and a 16-11 loss at the Buccaneers in Week 14.

That maddening inconsistency has led to three straight years of mediocrity for the Saints, who went 7-9 in both 2014 and 2015.

And on Sunday, it was the defense’s turn to flash that inconsistency by allowing 34 points (another seven came off of a defensive score by Arizona) and 425 yards.

New Orleans’ defense did come up with a pair of huge turnovers, though — off of a forced fumble by defensive end Paul Kruger in the first half and a forced fumble by safety Vonn Bell in the second half — to help survive this back-and-forth “thriller” between two of the NFC’s most up-and-down teams.

Forsett is now in his second week with the Broncos, Derby in his sixth

Kansas City Chiefs: The loss of Derrick Johnson is a big one for Kansas City, and the effectiveness and mobility of DeMarco Murray and Marcus Mariota, respectively, should help Tennessee with ball control and not give up a lot of sacks. You’ll basically need Tyreek Hill to run one back (always a possibility) for the K.C. D to pay off.

“He’s been a nice addition to our team,” Kubiak said. ” … We need to continue to use him. He’s done a lot of good things in the game. He has to put the ball away and that type of thing. We need him and we need him making plays for us. I think he’s shown the ability to do that.”

Forsett is now in his second week with the Broncos, Derby in his sixth. Neither were in the plan when the Broncos exited summer, but with three games to play and a playoff spot in the balance, both players suddenly find themselves with plenty of responsibility.

Elizabeth is 3 years old now and still just 20 pounds. She can’t talk, but she has figured out how to communicate with a series of sounds and pointing. And she has just come out of another surgery, this one to take out her tonsils to try to help her sleep better.

In addition to the obvious, horrible burden of what something like this does to a young family, there was one aspect I had never considered. They feel eerily alone. Obviously it is very hard to find other families going through what they are, and by choice, they had not told very many people in their lives about Elizabeth’s condition, until now.

“You feel like you’re on an island sometimes, because we’ve been scared of sharing our story. We still want to be Brian and Ashley, you know? We don’t want people treating us differently.”

Which makes complete sense. But it also means even the most innocent conversation can cause pain.