Sam Bradford’s return to the Vikings remains up in the air, but the team has identified the source of his knee pain.
The quarterback is believed to have a bone bruise, NFL Network reported. The Vikings are going to give him an injection and see how his knee responds.
Coach Mike Zimmer remained vague about Bradford’s return and didn’t state what exactly happened to his knee.
“He’s doing better today. … At this point in time, each day is a different day,” Zimmer said about Bradford’s injury timetable.
It could have been worse for Bradford, who has torn his ACL twice in the same knee. However, the ligaments surrounding the knee appear to be ok, according to NFL Network.
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At this point, Case Keenum is expected to remain the starter against the Buccaneers on Sunday as Bradford heals.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots: It was his catch that sealed the victory for the Patriots, pushed him past the 30-point PPR fantasy plateau for the fourth time in his 45 career NFL games, and resulted in a 32.1 final score that was his third-best single-game effort. It was a key performance for Cooks, whose fantasy managers might have begun to doubt his borderline-WR1 potential after he disappointed facing a superior matchup in Week 2. Cooks’ ownership percentage dropped to 71.3 percent on Sunday, down from 97.6 percent in each of the season’s first two weeks. If you had been concerned about him, consider this: Since the beginning of 2016, he now has 296.5 PPR fantasy points, eighth most among wide receivers (though Davante Adams, Doug Baldwin and Michael Crabtree have a decent chance of passing him in later games this week).
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Last season, this division was the Cowboys and everybody else. So far this year, there’s parity, except for the Giants. The Giants’ offensive line has been embarrassingly bad, and it’s made life a lot harder for Eli Manning. Even getting Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t help against the Lions Monday night.
Everyone else is sitting at 1-1. The Cowboys were the favorite heading into the season. There are a lot of games left to play, but that’s looking like less of a sure thing after Dallas’ brutal loss to the Broncos Sunday.
Later on, after discussing the other quarterbacks, LZ Granderson brought up Drew Brees’ size (Brees is actually much shorter than Jackson, who is listed at 6’3″ and a slender–by QB standards–211 pounds). Polian responded, “Different guy, different guy.”
From an August post by Yahoo!’s Pete Thamel, about this widely hyped QB class, in which Jackson’s name first appears near the bottom:
This play from Week 2 has frequently been cited as an example. Instead of taking off, Jackson keeps his eyes up and makes the longest throw of his career so far:
And yet, with at least 11 games remaining in his college career and an entire draft process still yet to actually begin, the debate about his pro future isn’t just off and running. It’s so far along, big names have long been discussing a position switch.
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Former Bills, Panthers, and Colts GM Bill Polian on ESPN Los Angeles before Jackson took on Clemson’s horrifying defensive front:
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“I don’t think that Lamar, the Louisville kid’s in that discussion, in fact there’s a question that he may be, he might be a receiver.”
Cut day was Saturday in the NFL, but the Bills made another significant cut on Sunday.
The Bills released second-year running back Jonathan Williams in a surprise move first reported by NFL Media. The Bills also announced the release of wide receiver Corey Brown and linebacker Gerald Hodges.
The three players were cut to make room for three players claimed off waivers: linebacker Deon Lacey, tight end Khari Lee and offensive lineman Conor McDermott.
Giants: “Eli Manning and this offense is clueless without Odell Beckham Jr.”
The line remains is awful, and the running game is non-existent. Turns out their passing game can go into the tank, too, with nobody picking up the pieces for OBJ. Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Shane Vereen flashed only as checkdowns, and Brandon Marshall was checked out for most of the game. It’s all true.
Cowboys: “Doomsday is back with all their defensive changes.”
Eli and his weapons, even without Beckham, were supposed to have success facing a makeshift front and shaky new-look secondary. But Dallas, anchored by Sean Lee and its linebacker corps, was in position to clean up everything short-to-intermediate. The Cowboys are set to be overachievers again but will struggle against better pass protection units that can push the ball downfield.
Eagles defensive end and University of Virginia alum Chris Long was outspoken after conflicts escalated from a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. in August. On Tuesday, it was announced that Long would be making efforts to help his hometown.
Long is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia and St. Anne’s Belfield School to give two seven-year scholarships to middle school students in the state.
Osweiler signed a two-year, $72 million contract with Houston in 2016, but he finished the season with 2,957 passing yards and 15 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. That led to Houston drafting Watson in the first round of the 2017 draft and making him the team’s ninth starting quarterback since 2014.
Now it’s come full circle for Osweiler, who re-signed with the Broncos after being cut by the Browns.
Joining Osweiler and Watson on this less-than-illustrious Phil Dawson Youth Jersey list is Mark Brunell, who had a more difficult start than Osweiler.
Brunell’s first start came with the Jacksonville Jaguars on his 25th birthday. It was rocky, and the Jaguars lost. But it didn’t keep Brunell from being named to the Pro Bowl in each of his following three seasons in Jacksonville.
When Watson takes the field tonight, he’ll hope his first pro start turns out more like Osweiler’s than Brunell’s.
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning didn’t take offense to coach Ben McAdoo’s blaming sloppy quarterback play for a delay-of-game penalty in Monday night’s 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Manning, a 14-year veteran, has been around long enough to realize this is part of the deal as an NFL quarterback, especially in New York.
Hey, you lose games, you only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism, Manning said during an interview on WFAN the day after the Giants’ offense struggled for the second straight week. Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it.
Maualuga, who was an eight-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals, is close to working himself back into football shape.
In light of Timmons’ suspension, the Dolphins acquired linebacker Stephone Anthony in a trade with the New Orleans Saints. Miami is sending a 2018 fifth-round pick to New Orleans for Anthony, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Anthony was a first-round pick for New Orleans in 2015; he has not played yet this season because of an ankle injury.
Elite Kids Sean Spence Jersey It already has been a trying start to the season for the Dolphins (1-0). They lost starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) for the year during the first week of training camp, and they recently were displaced for nine days in California because of Hurricane Irma.
Miami will travel to play the New York Jets (0-2) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
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Kareem Hunt picked up where he left off as a Toledo Rocket, and Alex Smith found his rocket arm. That was plenty to launch the Chiefs to Thursday night’s season-opening 42-27 upset of the Patriots.
As New England stops dreaming about an undefeated Super Bowl repeat and worries about its defense, Kansas City suddenly can be a lot more confident that it finally has the offensive firepower to win it all.
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Authentic Kids Theo Riddick Jersey The Steelers were held to 9 rushing yards in the first half and didn’t even run a play in Cleveland territory until after the two-minute warning. And that is what made those on the Browns to cover the first half line even more frustrated.
After allowing the Steelers to score a touchdown on a blocked punt, DeShone Kizer’s first career touchdown tied the game late in the first quarter. The score remained at 7-7 until Pittsburgh’s final drive of the half. In what would be the play that marked the beginning of the end for those on Cleveland, Antonio Brown caught a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass and turned it into a 50-yard gain. Five plays later, Roethlisberger found Jesse James for a touchdown with less than minute left before halftime. Chris Boswell’s extra point put the Steelers up 14-7, giving those on the Browns a half-point loss.
Despite considerable excitement surrounding Jameis Winston, the Bucs’ third-year starter still was only a Tier 3 QB in voting this year. Will he ascend? That question is paramount in part because the Buccaneers play a league-high 10 games against QBs in the top two tiers. How frequently will Winston give Tampa Bay an edge?
When the center points to someone, that’s who the offensive line is working to. Often, the QB will also point to the same player, or someone else if needed, so everyone is on the same page. This lets the defense know which way the center is sliding in pass protection. The defensive line will call stunts/twists AWAY from where the center is sliding because those two offensive linemen are man-to-man. It’s hard to run a stunt with the center sliding your direction.
Wentz followed that up with a pretty 15-yard pass to Jeffery, his other new receiving threat. It looks like Philly’s offseason acquisitions are fitting right in.
“Definitely a lot of pride,” Rhodes said of the one-on-one matchup. “I have to come down with the tackle. When he was here we had a couple of conversations that I told him I’m not going to back down from him. He told me we’re going to see how that ends. We’re definitely going to see how that ends Monday night.”
Though the future Hall of Famer may have the spotlight now, another running back hopes to make headlines in his debut as Peterson’s successor.
Rookie Dalvin Cook enters Week 1 as the Vikings’ starting rusher after bursting onto the scene in the preseason. The similarities between Cook and Peterson have been debated since the ex-Florida State product was drafted in the second round last April.
Tony Romo’s NFL broadcasting career had a slightly awkward start.
CBS had the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback interview Phil Simms, the man he replaced, during Sunday’s pregame.
Mens Eli Rogers Jersey The league isn’t happy with Elliott’s plan to discredit his accuser in his appeal or the NFLPA’s role in it. While the record shows that the woman was dishonest at times, shifting blame to a victim is shameful, in the words of NFL Executive Vice President of Communications Joe Lockhart.
Mens Ryan Miller Jersey On the NFLPA side, it simply said the league is lying and isn’t leaking derogatory information about Elliott’s accuser to the media. This contentious back-and-forth could get even uglier before this whole thing is settled.
Elliott finally spoke to the media after his injunction was granted and his Cowboys beat the New York Giants in the team’s season opener. He said the injunction is a relief.
Just relieved from the fact that I finally get a fair trial, Elliott said, via Pro Football Talk.
Now Elliott, Jones, and everyone else just have to wait until the resolution of the court case to see what happens.
In another, he was rather ordinary, averaging 2.1 yards per carry, his third-worst single-game performance in his career, and 4.0 yards per touch, beneath his 4.4 average of 2015-16 combined, in a game that his Rams led handily and played against a mediocre Indianapolis Colts defense. Gurley snuck into the top 10 running backs in terms of ADP earlier in the week (before Ezekiel Elliott was granted his temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that allows him to play and Hunt had his Thursday outburst), so let’s consider this a good start to his season yet not overreact.
While the rebuilding Browns have stockpiled draft choices in an effort to go young, the reloading Patriots have increasingly traded picks for veterans such as Kony Ealy, Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen. Ealy has already been released, but in an era in which limited practice opportunities work against player development, there’s a case to be made for adding proven NFL talent. The Browns drafted 14 players in 2016. They’ll be fortunate if more than a couple pan out.
Draft picks are becoming less valuable across the board, an exec said.
Picks are still valuable, of course, but if they are no longer sacred, another potential impediment to trades is diminished.
After Elliott filed his appeal, Goodell had the choice of hearing it himself or appointing a designee. He chose Henderson, who had previously presided over Greg Hardy’s and Adrian Peterson’s appeals. In Hardy’s case, Henderson knocked his suspension down from 10 games to four. Peterson’s suspension was upheld by Henderson.
A source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that there were enormous inconsistencies with the 160-page investigation report from the NFL. Henderson denied a request from Elliott’s representatives to make the accuser available to testify at the appeal, and he also refused to provide a transcript or notes from interviews with the alleged victim. The appeal was extended to three days when the NFL decided to make an additional witness available to testify during the hearing.
After the appeal concluded, Clarence Hill of the Dallas Star-Telegram reported that NFL investigator Kia Roberts had recommended that Elliott not be suspended. Elliott’s attorneys filed a lawsuit with the federal district court in Plano, Texas, to overturn the suspension. The NFLPA also filed for a restraining order to put a stay on Elliott’s suspension until the legal process is complete.
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Phillip Dorsett didn’t do much in the first two seasons of his NFL career, but the New England Patriots are still the clear winners of a trade with the Indianapolis Colts that sent the third-year receiver to New England in exchange for backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Said Gase: If they tell us that they changed the game, we’ll just go with it.
Koetter hopes to have more information for his players during Wednesday’s team meeting. The Bucs have Monday afternoon off, as well as Tuesday. He hopes that if changes are made by the league that they are done with the players and their families in mind — and with regard to what happened with Hurricane Harvey.
These guys all have families. They all have people they care about, Koetter said. To think that those guys are just going to hop on a plane if there’s some kind of danger to their families and not be bothered by it, that would be foolish to think that way.
His inability to stay on the field will likely make it difficult for Cleveland to get much for him, because Haden comes with a contract that counts $14.4 million against the salary cap in 2017 and 2018. But the Browns may be able to convince a team to roll the dice and take a shot on his big talent.
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