Not getting Tony Romo and Jason Witten to a Super Bowl

It’s been 22 years since the Cowboys last won a Super Bowl. One of Jerry Jones’ biggest regrets is that he didn’t do enough to help Tony Romo and Jason Witten get a title. Romo, who was 78-49 as the Cowboys ‘ starter from 2006-2015, retired after the 2016 season and Witten, a future Hall of Famer who didn’t miss a game from ’05-’17, did the same last week. The Cowboys made the playoffs four times during their careers though they never advanced beyond the divisional round.

There’s no doubt that the personal feeling I have about what Tony Romo and Jason Witten brought to the Cowboys during their career, I don’t think I’ve had a moment in the day that at some time I don’t reflect back on those good years and what they contributed, Jones said recently, via Pro Football Talk. And I’ve said this: From my standpoint, I can’t help but say, ‘Boy, I really dropped the ball not doing enough to get them in a Super Bowl. That will be and is my biggest regret about my time with the Cowboys.

Jones was close to both players, and their departures leave a leadership void in the locker room. I respected so much how unique Tony Romo’s contribution was both from a leadership standpoint as well as just his command of the game, his presence, everything out there, Jones continued.

One of the Buffalo Bills ‘ pair of first-round picks is locked down.

The Bills signed linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to his rookie contract, the team announced Saturday.

But circumstances in New Orleans could change ahead of training camp, and Peterson apparently won’t be far from Payton’s radar should that scenario develop.

That would the part where if all of a sudden we decided, hey, we’re going to look at additional players that are on the street, Payton said. And certainly his name — there’d be a few others — we have them on the board right now. Who’s available, veteran running backs, stacked on a board and graded. But, listen, he’s a tough player, warrior, and a great worker, and we have a good relationship.

Broncos schedule 2018: Denver’s challenges start in own division

The Broncos’ 2018 schedule was going to be tough enough given the competition in their own division. But a handful of regular-season games from matchups with the AFC North and NFC West provide even more challenges for Denver this season.

Timetable: Mbah a Moute is likely to miss the first round, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Mbah a Moute left the Rockets’ second-to-last game of the season with a dislocated shoulder, on April 10. He missed 15 games with a similar injury earlier this season. There’s no timetable for his return. Anderson sprained his left ankle on April 5 and missed the last four regular-season games, along with Games 1 and 2 against Minnesota. Anderson returned to action in Game 3, scoring 12 points in 18:29.

Situation: Mbah a Moute averaged nearly 26 minutes per night for Mike D’Antoni’s squad this season, even starting 15 games. He’s a key part of a Houston second unit that has smothered opponents, and his absence could leave the Rockets’ bench a little thin, even as rotations tighten in the postseason. Anderson was the starter at PF to begin the season, but he did not start at all after the All-Star break and played 20-plus minutes only four times since the break.

Callaway’s new agent Malki Kawa said it was for a diluted sample. Callaway hired Kawa about two weeks ago.

A talented player teams have been doing homework on is #Florida WR Antonio Callaway. Through his agent, Callaway confirmed his drug test sample at the NFL Combine came back diluted. Callaway has told those close to him he was over-hydrated and will address the issue with teams.

Later on Wednesday, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport revealed he spoke with the “remorseful” wideout, who claimed he “smoked weeks before” the Combine and received counsel from Steelers star Antonio Brown.

“I take full responsibility for everything,” Callaway said. “There is too much opportunity to be messing up.”

Callaway, who missed 2017 after allegations of credit card fraud, was cited for marijuana possession earlier this year and was suspended in 2016 amid sexual battery allegations. He was later found not responsible of sexually assaulting a female student in December 2015.

Durant’s usage rate in the playoffs is indeed up at 33.5 percent, which is greater than his career-high usage rate of 32.7 percent from his 2013-14 MVP season. The Warriors’ four most common direct plays this postseason have involved Durant, whether it’s an isolation play or pick-and-roll, according to Second Spectrum. He is averaging 9.3 isos per 100 possessions in the playoffs after averaging 6.7 isos per 100 possessions in the regular season.steelers_129

Shaquem Griffin: ‘I’m not just a feel-good story’

Shaquem Griffin wakes up knowing each day will be better than the last and barely able to wait until tomorrow.

“It’s just a whirlwind,” Griffin said.

On Thursday, he will walk the red carpet with his family, including his twin brother, Seahawks cornerback Shaquill, at the NFL draft at AT&T Stadium.

The league that originally didn’t think enough of Griffin to make him one of 330 players to be invited to the NFL scouting combine now is celebrating him by including him in one of the biggest nights of the year.

Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh: His three-game suspension to start the 2017 season, which hurt the team, lingers and takes away from his solid 2017 numbers — 60 tackles, three passes broken up and one interception.

Siran Neal, Jacksonville State: A college cornerback who projects as an NFL safety, he had 39 tackles with 11 passes broken up, a forced fumble and an interception in 2017. As a junior, he had 80 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, a half sack, four passes batted, one forced fumble and an interception.

His overall performance took a bit of a dip last year, but that could be due to the fact that he was asked to play closer to the line of scrimmage in 2017 than in the preceding campaigns. Over the past two seasons, he has started every game and has compiled 130 tackles, two interceptions (including one pick-six), and two forced fumbles.

Jones will be moving back to cornerback in 2018, as he confirmed just last week. He will work under the tutelage of new defensive backs coach Kris Richard, who helped turn the Seahawks’ secondary into one of the most formidable in the league during his time in Seattle.

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Lucic: Funny story: My dad actually went to bed at 3-1 because he gave up on us. And my younger brother, who was superstitious, didn’t wake my dad up until [Bergeron] scored in overtime. My dad didn’t believe him. So he made my dad come down and watch the highlights.

NFL star and party animal Rob Gronkowski has big plans for when he retires from football.

We hear the Patriots tight end was telling guests at Shaquille O’Neal’s Miami Music Week event “Fun House” that he wants to win ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and added, “I’m the best dancer in the NFL,” and so good on his feet, he says, that he’s even incorporating dance into his workouts.

The frequently shirtless footballer showed off his “DWTS”-worthy skills in a dance battle with O’Neal that ended with 6-foot-6 Gronk riding the 7-foot-1 NBA legend’s shoulders.

Ozzie Albies is tied for the lead among middle infielders in home runs (five), third in OPS and second in slugging percentage. As great as his start has been, there is one problem: Albies didn’t draw a walk until this weekend. That said, he has helped the Braves to a winning record midway through the first month of the season. — Woolums

The only teams averaging fewer runs per game than the Giants this season are the Royals and Reds. That isn’t a desirable group to be in for a team that had wild-card aspirations entering the season. The starting pitching has kept the Giants afloat, but there have been hiccups. Despite a rotation that has been without Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija at points, if not the entire season, the Giants sport the ninth-best starter ERA in the NL. — Langs

“The pressure was just hard. The pressure got hard to where I just remember just collapsing completely. And I just woke up in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. My whole right side was full of blood on the kitchen floor.”

The Seahawks cut Boykin hours after the accusations became public.

Bailey said Boykin later dragged her to the bathtub, undressed her and tried to clean her off. Hours later, Bailey said, the 24-year-old Seahawk drove her to Dallas Regional Medical Center. When they were separated for questioning, Boykin allegedly left and never came back.

Bailey’s jaw was broken on both her left and right sides, and she eventually needed to be airlifted to another hospital in Dallas after she had difficulty breathing because of the injuries.

“And I’ve never seen that much blood. I thought I was bleeding from somewhere else cause it was so much blood, completely,” Bailey said.

The couple was arrested around this time last year after crashing her car while intoxicated, which Bailey now says was caused by Boykin attacking her. She said she covered for him that time but denied his plea to do the same last week.

Raiders hire Tom Shaw as strength and conditioning coordinator

I think Prince is the more ascendant player, given flashes of efficiency from beyond the arc and a massive lead in free throw efficiency. I’d be wary of baking in a leap for Jackson, given how his success has been driven by volume versus efficiency, since Devin Booker, TJ Warren and a top draft pick are due to consume usage next season. Prince, meanwhile, could challenge Dennis Schroder as the alpha offensive lead in Atlanta next season.

Canadian police said early Saturday that 15 people were killed and 14 people were injured after a transport truck collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos in the province of Saskatchewan.

Humboldt coach Darcy Haugan, who was in his third season with the Broncos and 19th year as a coach, and team captain Logan Schatz, 20, were among those who died in the tragic accident, family members confirmed.

Smith pleads not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 15.

Smith is arrested and booked for investigation of making a false bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport. He is into custody after he becoming agitated about being randomly chosen to undergo a second TSA screening.

For most seats, the increase will be only $5 or $10 per ticket. In the lower level of the stadium, some tickets will spike by $20 or $25.

Based on fundamental notions of supply and demand, it won’t be hard for the Eagles to sell out the season tickets — especially when the waiting list has more than 40,000 accounts.

Smith is arrested on suspicion of DUI in Miami Beach. The charge eventually is reduced to reckless driving after Smith completes a program for first-time DUI offenders.

Smith reportedly gets stabbed twice while trying to break up a fight during a party at his home near San Jose, Calif. Two other people suffer gunshot wounds.

Smith is involved in a single car accident and is arrested on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. He volunarily enters a rehab facility, and the 49ers place him on indefinite leave.

Tyrann Mathieu: A winning culture matters more to me than money

Tyrann Mathieu is an unrestricted free agent, and he says breaking the bank is not his top priority.

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Bennett comes to the Eagles from Seattle along with a 2018 seventh-round pick in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a 2018 fifth-round pick. Worley was acquired in a trade with the Panthers for wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Bennett will join a deep defensive line in Philadelphia, although Beau Allen will no longer be part of the group after agreeing to a deal with the Buccaneers. The Eagles have reportedly agreed to a deal with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to round out the group, but they did not announce that deal along with the trades.

They did announce the signing of former Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson and announced the re-signing of linebacker Nigel Bradham earlier in the day.

Cornerback Jason McCourty took to the Twitter account he shares with his brother Devin to thank the Browns for “giving me the opportunity to lead and do what I love last season.” The Browns confirmed that McCourty has been released after one year in Cleveland in a move that clears about $3 million of cap space.

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Allen Hurns is now set to be a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Lions’ decision to invest $135 million in Matthew Stafford looks like a smart one after Sunday’s game.

Although Stafford got off to a slow start — he threw a pick-six on his first pass of the season — he followed that up by throwing for 292 yards and four touchdowns.

Lions receiver Kenny Galladay is someone you might want to think about picking up on fantasy this week. The rookie caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns, a total that includes the 45-yard touchdown catch you see below.

After one particularly brutal game that ended with a trip to the emergency room for a rib injury, “I could not breathe real deeply without pain,” he says. “But I stayed in bed, smoked marijuana, and healed in just a couple of days.”

It also kept him off of joint-damaging anti-inflammatories and addictive opioids such as OxyContin — which is “eaten like candy” in the NFL, Jackson says. “Players get handed bottles of pills.” The Titans’ Morgan says he’s heard of footballers becoming dependent on the drug.

34. Rob Gronkowski, tight end, Patriots (NR): You’re never in danger of getting any deep thoughts from the New England star, but his meatheaded antics off the field occasionally have a bit of charm. You never know when those antics are going to cross the line, either, which makes him imminently watchable.

The NFL responded quickly to the incident, making clear it was “disappointed.” The league’s then executive vice president, Joe Browne, said “it’s unlikely that MTV will produce another Super Bowl halftime.” (Indeed, the network has not.)

MTV released a statement claiming that “the tearing of Janet Jackson’s costume was unrehearsed, unplanned, completely unintentional and was inconsistent with assurances we had about the content of the performance.” The network’s then CEO, Tom Freston, alleged that Jackson alone had “engineered” the stunt.

Over the next week, some 200,000 viewers reportedly complained to the FCC, which later fined CBS $550,000; the decision was tied up in the court system for eight years before finally being tossed out in favor of CBS.

AOL, which had sponsored the halftime event, asked for a refund on its $10 million investment. Advertiser McDonald’s called the incident “inappropriate” — but did not drop Timberlake as its “I’m lovin’ it” spokesman.

Smith’s fourth season in the middle of the Jaguars’ defense was another good one.

He set a new career high with three picks on the year (one for a touchdown). He recorded 76 tackles (plus 26 assisted), one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one sack and five passes defensed in the regular season.

In his fourth season with the Jaguars, Linder remains Jacksonville’s best (and most versatile) offensive lineman. He is vital to a team that has relied on its pass protection and running game in 2017.

The season sweep of the Panthers puts the Saints firmly in control of the NFC South race. But they still must face the Falcons twice, beginning with Thursday night’s game in Atlanta.

The Seahawks still are capable of beating anyone, as the triumph Sunday night over the Eagles demonstrated. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t looked like that consistently enough to believe with much conviction they can make a run through the entire NFC playoffs and reach another Super Bowl.

A small-school sleeper with top edge-rusher capabilities, Davenport has gradually gotten better in each of his seasons at Texas-San Antonio, and that maturation culminated with a 8.5-sack, 17.5-tackle-for-loss senior season for the 6-7, 255-pounder.

Jones was mostly bottled up against Ohio State, yet flashed his suddenness between the tackles on a few occasions. That outing doesn’t change an otherwise spectacular campaign for the junior with a bright NFL future due to his vision and explosiveness.

Kansas City Coach Andy Reid stuck with Alex Smith as the Chiefs’ starter at quarterback even during the 1-6 downward spiral that threatened to undo the team’s season. Reid resisted the temptation to switch to prized rookie Patrick Mahomes.

Wesley Johnson (available in 95.3 percent of leagues) has also played well in Jordan’s absence, with averages of 14.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks with 2.3 3-pointers during his past three games. chargers_072

The Minnesota Vikings are two wins away from becoming the first team ever to host the Super Bowl.

But first, they have to take care of business in the Divisional Round, and they got a tough opponent in the New Orleans Saints. This game begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX (live streams at Fox Sports Go, Yahoo! Sports, and FuboTV).

The Vikings had one of their best regular seasons of the decade and won the NFC North with ease. They finished 13-3, their highest win total since that infamous 15-1 squad in 1998. Led by a crushing defense and surprisingly good play by Case Keenum, Minnesota steamrolled its competition for most of 2017.

In 2016, Stills worked with the Miami Dolphins and Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) to host a town hall meeting that brought influential local leaders together with law enforcement to discuss actionable steps that could be taken to address issues of racial inequality and unite the community.

Items that came from this meeting included a police ride-along program and CommUNITY tailgates, which bring local student-athletes, coaches, parents, community leaders, law enforcement and military personnel together at every Dolphins home game.

Peppers isn’t sure if he’ll be back on the field next season.

“I want to have some time to reflect and think about everything,” he said after the wild card loss. “Spend some time with my kids and see where my heart takes me.”

Carolina grabbed the running back-slash-receiver with the eighth overall pick in 2017. He quietly set a new franchise high for the most receptions ever by a rookie when he finished with 80 for 651 yards and five touchdowns. That’s particularly impressive for a player who’s listed on the roster as a running back.

Face it — not many actual wide receivers can make this one-handed snag look this easy.

His explosiveness made him a big-play threat in the passing game no matter where he lined up.

He wasn’t as effective in the run game. But he did enough to get Panthers fans excited about McCaffrey when he puts it all together.

Knowing Wilson, there’s no way, even for a good left tackle, he’d want Graham out. Graham was in Wilson’s 2016 wedding. Wilson went to the funeral of Graham’s manager and mentor in 2015.

NFL senior VP of officiating advises against use of index cards

bengals_035NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron does not want to see any official use an index card to determine a first down again.

Referee Gene Steratore used an index card to determine whether the Cowboys had made a first down on a fourth-and-1 in their Sunday Night Football matchup with the Raiders. Social media exploded after the play, calling into question the odd way Steratore determined his measurement ruling.

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Alyssa Lang of First Coast News reports that Jags fans have been shipping trash cans and trash bags to Houston’s NRG Stadium. The cans are addressed to Clowney, and some bear humorous messages. Of course, fans have been eager to share photos of their gifts and their “trash-talking” messages on social media.

One clever message noted, “Hi Jadeveon, wanted you to have something to sit on while you watch Bortles in the playoffs!”

Clowney refused to discuss his comment about Bortles Thursday. Bortles, however, had some fun with the remark Wednesday, noting, “If how we’re playing and how I’m playing, if that’s trash, then I’m fine with being trash.”

Bortles has taken his game to a new level in recent weeks. Against the Texans, he completed 21-of-29 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns. Thanks in large part to his play, the Jags (10-4) clinched their first playoff spot in a decade last weekend.