Did Tony Romo have a crystal ball in the CBS broadcast booth Sunday?
The former Cowboys quarterback, who made his highly anticipated broadcast debut over the weekend, predicted several plays from the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans game.
Elliott was able to remain with the Cowboys and practice until the regular season begins. He was also permitted to play in preseason games.
On Friday, Sept. 8, Judge Amos Mazzant, a federal court judge in Texas, ruled on a motion for a temporary restraining order or an injunction to block Elliott’s suspension until Elliott’s lawsuit against the NFL is completed. Mazzant ruled in Elliott’s favor and issued the injunction.
Mazzant said that he issued the injunction because this is not a matter of guilt or innocent, but whether or not the disciplinary process was applied properly.
The Court finds, based upon the injunction standard, that Elliott was denied a fundamentally fair hearing by Henderson’s refusal to allow Thompson and Goodell to testify at the arbitration hearing, Mazzant said in the ruling.
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The following Monday, the NFL filed an appeal of the injunction.
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So now the court case continues, and the resulting case law could have a big impact on NFL player discipline moving forward.
In the category of not surprising at all, the Colts officially have a quarterback controversy. Scott Tolzien, who has been working with the first team since April, was benched in favor of Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Tolzien had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and nearly had a third right before he was taken out the game. The Colts traded Brissett on Sept. 9. The Colts will likely use the week to evaluate the quarterback position before a decision.
As you probably know, Martin was suspended for four games at the end of last season for a violation of the NFL drug policy. He subsequently checked into rehab this offseason. On a personal level I’m happy for Martin; he sought out help to address his issue. But there is no denying that, from a football standpoint, his suspension has now opened the door to him getting replaced as the starter by Rodgers.
Authentic Kids Carl Nassib Jersey You have to understand that no matter how impressed you are with Rodgers’ 560 rushing yards and 4.3 yards per carry average last season (both career highs for him), you ought to be even more impressed by how he got them.
I can’t tell you how many times I watched Rodgers on film having to dodge defenders in the backfield when toting the pill last year. And yet somehow he found a way to still make sugar out of shit on a lot of those plays by juking one guy right in his face and then getting north and south in a hurry with good body lean so he could get as much yardage as possible.
People are punching you in the face. No matter how tough somebody is, when they have pads on them, the game changes a whole lot. — Eryk Anders, MMA middleweight
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Johnnie Morton racked up 8,719 receiving yards over 12 seasons in the NFL. He’s behind only Calvin Johnson and Herman Moore on the Detroit Lions’ all-time franchise list in the category.
Still, both sports bring the risk of head injuries in a way that other sports don’t. That alone can be enough to dissuade other former football players from fighting professionally.
Even though he had more catches last season, his average yardage per catch went down from 19 yards to 13.3 yards. It might not get back to 19 this season, but it should be a hell of a lot closer than it was. That means his overall production should increase even if he only gets the same amount of catches. But I think his catches are going to shoot up to this season.
Parker was starting to develop some chemistry with Ryan Tannehill, but Tannehill’s injury and the subsequent signing of Cutler has me even more convinced that he will break out this season. Cutler’s problem has never been his arm, but rather his decision making. I don’t think he has ever seen a window he didn’t think he could fit a football into, no matter how small it was.
His decision-making off the field is another story.
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I will be honest and say that it’s hard to have any confidence in Bryant that he will able to stay clean and play this season without issue, considering how many guys have not been able to get right after this many suspensions.
Anders, 30, currently has an 9-0 record as a professional fighter. He earned a first championship belt in June with a unanimous decision victory that made him Legacy Fighting Alliance’s middleweight title holder. Four weeks later, he made his UFC debut against Rafael Natal, a tough veteran with 16 previous UFC fights on his resume.
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The big stage didn’t intimidate Anders, though. It took him less than three minutes to knock Natal out and formally announce himself as one of the most promising up-and-coming contenders in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Still, he manages to do it in a way that merely forces even the squeaky clean Derek Carr to shake his head and laugh.
“Ah, it’s been so fun,” said the Raiders’ Pro Bowl quarterback. “We have such a great time. We like to talk trash to each other. I do it in my way, he does it in his, but we have a great time just getting to know each other.”
There’s always been a magnetic force between Lynch and Oakland. His NFL journey started in Buffalo and continued in Seattle, but flights back to Oakland for off days were common.
Parkey joined the Browns in Week 3 last season after Patrick Murray injured his knee in practice. Parkey missed three of six field-goals in his debut — he met his holder and long-snapper only in pregame warm-ups — but recovered to make 17 of his next 19 attempts.
He was with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Browns and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014 when he made 32 of 34 field goal attempts and was perfect on 54 point-after attempts. His 150 points broke the record for points scored by a rookie.
Franks, 24, has been the Dolphins’ kicker for the past two seasons, converting 29 of 37 field goal attempts and 74 of 78 extra-point attempts.
Franks had a solid preseason, including a 56-yard field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third exhibition game. He was 2-for-3 overall.
Parkey made both of his field goal attempts for the Browns this preseason.
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Chris Long stood in the space Thursday night. But, again, anybody can. Just like Peter Norman did.
And fear of potentially undermining an established starting quarterback with a long-term contract and the potential fallout both financially and otherwise if the offense struggles and locker-room support shifts Kaepernick’s way. Why else would Seattle choose Austin Davis — Austin Davis!!! — as Russell Wilson’s understudy even when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praised Kaepernick as capable of being a championship guy?
Conversely, Kaepernick shouldn’t be expected to take just any offer that may come his way, even with the temptation of a seven-figure payday for 2017.
As unfair as it may be, there will be some who equate Kaepernick’s on-field success to his off-field agenda. Kaepernick’s image among his supporters will remain strong if there’s a perception that he’s being blackballed by NFL owners.
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Again, as unfair it may be, that can’t be guaranteed should Kaepernick struggle if thrust onto the field without the benefits of having the same prep as his peers.
Julian Edelman is feeling the love.
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I haven’t made any determination on that, Stafford told reporters (via the Detroit Free Press).
Stafford said last month he was honestly pretty tired of talking about his contract negotiations. When asked Monday if he was surprised the contract talks have gone on this long, he said he’s not worried about the issue.
I told you guys the last time we talked about this, I had no expectations going into it, Stafford said. I’m doing myself and our team a disservice if that’s what I’m worried about. I truly am letting the guys upstairs here and my agent hash it all out and I’m just trying to be as good a football player as I can be and help our team.
It’s quite likely Cutler would have ranked higher had he not spent the 2017 offseason as a retired player. (To be fair, we can’t be entirely certain whether this made any difference in his training.) When the Dolphins called following the loss of starter Ryan Tannehill to a knee injury, could anyone have predicted it would take a single day as an active player for Cutler to give the internet the gift of a meme that would reinforce why he is so loathed by so many? Well, of course. He may let down his teammates and receivers, but never his haters.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to show his unwavering support for Ezekiel Elliott and seems confident his six-game NFL suspension will be reversed on Tuesday.
Jones said there isn’t any evidence that Elliott was physically abusive to a female companion to uphold the running back’s suspension, but said he does not condone domestic violence in any way.
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Pagano told reporters Thursday it won’t take Luck long to get up to speed once he’s activate from the PUP list.
Having played the amount of snaps that he’s played, I don’t think he would need as much as say a second, third year guy for obvious reasons, Pagano said. He’s still going to need some time (to) get on the same page and get comfortable with the wide receivers and the tight ends. He’ll be able to hand the ball off.
He’ll be fine there, but the timing, communication, continuity and then just the confidence thing of getting back out there and throwing the football around.
Saturday’s preseason loss to the Cowboys did nothing to ease Colts’ fans concerns about Luck’s absence, as 2014 undrafted free agent Stephen Morris was the best quarterback on the field for the Colts. While Scott Tolzien is Luck’s primary backup, Morris could see first-team snaps in Saturday’s game against the Steelers.
Rob Gronkowski is getting political, and his thoughts are deeper than you might imagine.
During his Wednesday appearance on the MooseTV channel on Class Act Sport, the Patriots tight end opened up about the ongoing racial tension around the United States and summarized how teamwork could be the solution to influence progress.
“Evil will always just destroy itself,” Gronkowski said. “In sports, a team is surrounded with people with different backgrounds, with different races, with different religion and you know how in order for a team to win is everyone comes together. I feel like that’s what the USA represents — everyone just needs to come together in order to win just like sports teams.
“I feel better about my body and my ability on the field. I don’t have to worry about taking so many injuries from different plays like yesterday where (Fairley) tried to hurt me,” Bryant told ESPN.com. “Just making sure my body feels good and I stay in shape.”
According to Bryant, the play was over when Fairley made an upper-body tackle on him.
“I was already on the ground. It is what it is,” Bryant said. “My foot was already bent. … (Farley) just came in and hit me.”
Bryant, who is the team’s No. 2 receiver after Antonio Brown, is back on the field after missing all of the 2016 season for multiple drug offenses.
Small forward Reggie Bullock will be a Piston for the foreseeable future, as the Detroit Pistons and Bullock agreed on a two-year, $5 million deal to keep the 26-year-old in the Motor City, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
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But McGregor wasn’t wearing a Green jersey. It was an old C.J. Watson one.
That led to McGregor telling Green he didn’t know who he was and to stay in school. (Green is a two-time NBA champion.) He then told Green, I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here kid.
McGregor’s choice of wearing a C.J. Watson jersey has subtext to it: Watson was linked to Mayweather’s domestic abuse case between him and former partner Josie Harris in 2010. From USA Today:
Harris says she awoke with Mayweather screaming and grabbing her hair. She says he’d read affectionate text messages between her and NBA basketball player C.J. Watson, described in her book draft as her summer love.
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In that sense, this is a victory for the Celtics culture that has taken shape under Brad Stevens. It must be said that Hayward was a special case. He played for Stevens at Butler and cited their history in his farewell letter to Utah. Hayward may be the only player in the league to choose the Celtics specifically because of Stevens, but it never would have entered into his thinking if the C’s were hopelessly adrift.
In April after the Ariana Grande concert, Hayes again went to Parker to find out why there was so much security disparity between black performances and white ones. Hayes said that it directly contradicted the Hawks’ new commitment to racial diversity following so many incidents in the Hawks’ recent history (like Bruce Levenson’s racist emails and Danny Ferry’s comments).
LaVar Ball is a parasite. He latches on to bigger and better celebrities in an attempt to lift his name higher, yet his fragility ensures that he calls out a woman for supposedly employing that same tactic. But at the end of the day, the women LaVar attacks and the athletes LaVar likens himself to all possess one thing he never will — real merit. And for the time being, he knows that only soundbites and T-shirts will fill that void.
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While the Nets are useful as a cautionary tale, it is not in the NBA’s interest to have 1/30th of its business moribund for several years, especially when that franchise has recently moved to a prime market. The Nets being so structurally weak is just as damaging to league-wide competitive balance as are the Warriors. The NBA is committed to improving competitive balance. You can’t let teams fall into holes like this if you ever want to achieve it.
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As such, here are three rule changes that could help prevent the next Brooklyn Nets from burying themselves.
NBA 2K18 is set to release on Sept. 19, and over the past few weeks we’ve learned one thing: This game looks sick! With MUCH-improved graphics, new game features, and a stacked music playlist, this game should look and feel as similar to the real NBA as ever. We’ll get to see a glimpse of it soon enough too, as 2K has announced that the Prelude to the game will be released on Sept. 8. We’re scarce on details about the Prelude so far, but it will be different from what was offered in 2K17.
Community manager Ronnie2K along with the game’s developers have been releasing new information about the game every day, and in this space we will keep track of everything we know about the game.