New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Spiller is now expected to miss the remainder of the preseason, but the team does expect him back for the regular season opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 13.
Spiller did limited work in training camp earlier in the week, missed a scrimmage on Friday and did not participate in the team’s preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Spiller joined the Saints this season after five seasons with the Buffalo Bills, who took him with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Indianapolis, led by Andrew Luck, has become one of the AFC’s elite teams, with only the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos seemingly standing in the way of a potential Super Bowl run. Have they done enough to make it over the hump and snag Luck’s first Lombardi Trophy?
These are questions that won’t be answered in Sunday’s preseason contest between the two teams, admittedly. But it is the first look we’ll get at the both of them, as the final two teams to get their preseasons underway. They’re going to meet in the only game on Sunday.
For Philadelphia, we won’t get to see starting quarterback Sam Bradford, as he’s still not quite recovered from the ACL injury he sustained last season. Instead, Mark Sanchez will make the start for the Eagles, and we’ll likely get a good dose of Tim Tebow for that game. We’ll probably have to wait to see DeMarco Murray’s first action as an Eagle, but Ryan Mathews should at least get a series or two.
In a move that protects the league from having a major announcement during a playoff weekend, the NFL extended the San Diego Chargers’ deadline to exercise an option to move to Los Angeles from Sunday to Tuesday.
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The extension was initiated by the NFL, not the Chargers, due to the fact that Jan. 15 fell on Sunday, and Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday.
The extension does not preclude the Chargers from announcing their intention to move the franchise to Los Angeles before then.
Also complicating matters is San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer is scheduled to give his State of the City address on here Thursday evening.
Bell rushed for 1,361 yards in 2014, second only to Dallas’ DeMarco Murray, and his 18.1 carries per game was fifth in the league. Bell’s eight rushing touchdowns tied for eighth in the NFL.
In addition to those numbers running the football, he caught 83 passes, good for 19th in the league among all players, and second to only Matt Forte among running backs. His 854 receiving yards was best in the league at his position. To say that he was productive is an understatement.
Despite these excellent numbers, it still may be difficult to conceptualize how important Bell was to the Steelers’ offensive attack, because they did put up top-level yardage and points last year. For context, let’s break down just how much Bell was used.
With 15 turnovers, including six against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and a fumble that cost the Lions a win over the Seattle Seahawks, the team can’t stay out of its own way. Still, even if an illegal bat was called, the Lions’ struggles go beyond bad luck.
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After finishing No. 2 in defense and No. 19 in offense in 2014, the Lions are near the bottom of the NFL in both categories. The Lions are 30th in points scored, and even sent Matthew Stafford to the bench in favor of Dan Orlovsky during a beatdown at the hands of the Cardinals. While Stafford will almost certainly get his starting job back for Week 6, he now leads the NFL in interceptions.
He recovered in time for the start of the 2012 season, and he made his presence felt with 87 yards on 16 carries against the Atlanta Falcons. That year, he had two games of 220-plus yards, and rushed for 100-plus yards in five other games. He finished fourth in the NFL in rushing yardage, behind only Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris and Marshawn Lynch.
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Unfortunately, the Chiefs finished that season with a 2-14 record and Charles was about their only contributor. But he made a full recovery, and while it’s not guaranteed he can do it again — he’ll be 29 years old when next season gets underway — he’s been through this before and that should be reason for a shred of optimism for Chiefs fans.
This is far from the 2008 Lions team that finished 0-16, but it would need a miraculous turnaround to even finish with a respectable record.
All five games for the Ravens have been decided by a touchdown or less, and with the No. 10 scoring offense, there’s still time for the team to turn things around. It’s almost definitely too late to earn the AFC North crown, though. The Cincinnati Bengals are off to their best start in almost three decades, while the Ravens are already four games back.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s controversial, game-winning shot to beat the New York Knicks on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden was the latest highlight in a season filled with them. At age 22, the Greek Freak has made the leap from promising young talent to MVP contender.
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Just how good has Giannis been?
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Is the unique Greek the best MVP candidate in the East, ready to compete for the trophy with Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James?
“We’ve already reached the point where we are willing to give up some 2s, even near the basket, to prevent corner 3s,” Gordon Hayward told ESPN.com. He ain’t lying.
The Hawks have not yet publicly addressed the report beyond Wilcox’s statement to Deadspin.
Danny Ferry, the Hawks’ previous general manager, stepped down in 2015 after a lengthy leave of absence following racially inflammatory comments about then-free agent Luol Deng. During a conference call with the Hawks’ ownership group, Ferry referred to comments in a scouting report when he described Deng as someone who “has a little African in him.”
Deng, who is from South Sudan, eventually signed with the Heat.
In 2014, Bruce Levenson, then-owner of the Hawks, chose to sell his controlling interest after he self-reported an email he wrote to the team’s co-owners and Ferry in 2012 that he called “inappropriate and offensive.” Levenson said in a statement at the time that the racially offensive comments he made came as he pondered ways to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide and increase fan attendance at Hawks games.
The Rockets outscore opponents by 12.6 points per 100 possessions when Beverley is on the floor, compared 6.6 for Eric Gordon, who started in Beverley¡¯s place while he recovered from injury. The agitating point guard routinely locks down his opponent, like when he hounded Steph Curry into a 9-for-21 shooting night in a win over Golden State and forced Isaiah Thomas into a 7-for-19 shooting night in a win over Boston.
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A fumble there and the Lions would have had terrific field position for Matthew Stafford and company to go to work. The Lions¡¯ receiving corps has done an outstanding job finding holes in a banged-up Packers secondary. Instead, the Packers kept the ball, AND gained seven yards before Davante Adams was pushed out of bounds.
Then came the touchdown play, which was pure brilliance.
The Packers¡¯ offensive line deserves a lot of credit for keeping Rodgers clean for what felt like minutes in the backfield. The throw and catch are the stars of this play, though. Rodgers chucked the ball on the run to find a diving Geronimo Allison in the back of the end zone.
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Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert left the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a concussion on Sunday. Eifert looked shaken up on the field and went to the locker room immediately after going to the sideline.
Eifert entered the concussion protocol and was announced as doubtful to return to the game, before the team eventually declared him out and confirmed the concussion.
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Watt currently has 13.5 sacks on the season and is a big reason the Texans recently put together a four-game winning streak. That streak came to an end in Week 13, but the Texans are still in the running for a playoff spot and Watt will need to be at the top of his game if the Texans are going to make it.
A first-round pick by the Texans in 2011, Watt has 70.5 career sacks. He put up 20.5 sacks last season and 20.5 sacks in 2012. He is 1.5 sacks away from reaching 15 on the season, and he would be only the second player in NFL Elite Youth Kevin Byard Jersey history to record three separate 15-sack seasons in his first five years in the league.
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In the Jags’ 51-16 win, Bortles passed for 250 yards and threw for three touchdowns while running for another, accumulating 114.6 passer rating. He now sits at 3,524 yards passing with 30 touchdowns to just 13 picks on the year, and at just 23 years old, joined some rare company.
The 23-year old Bortles joins just Dan Marino (Hall of Famer), Matt Stafford, and Daunte Culpepper as the only players in NFL history with 30 touchdown passes in a season at age 23 or younger. That’s impressive.
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Not a great weekend for horses as the Colts, Broncos suffred huge losses and American Pharoah was robbed of Sports Illustrateds Sportsperson of the Year award, a award given anually to the best person in sports, just because it is not a person. Lastest example of the “gotcha” journlism that we’ve come to expect out of the mainstream media.
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Its another example of our PC nation run amuck. So sad that I guess these days its offensive to give a award to anything with “American” in its name anymore these days I guess. Sad but true. Are we afraid it would be a microagresson against humans to award it to a different species? Where were all these language-parsing experts when we gave Obama a peace prize, or gave a 45 year old Roger Clemens a Cy Young award?
Trigger warning — but Football could learn a thing or two from horeseracing and how they deal with injurys. Theres no “second opinion” or “IR” list, if you cant perform they give you a painkilling shot alright but it comes out of a .12 guage instead of a needle. And because they have a zero-tolerance polcy for being hurt, you never see a horse fake a injury.
Michael Bennett was set to become a free agent in 2018, but has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks that should keep him with Pete Carroll and Co. for a while longer.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the extension will be signed by Bennett soon, who has voiced his thoughts on his contract in the past. In July, Bennett complained about the four-year, $32 million deal he signed in 2014 and blasted Sam Bradford for a brief holdout in the offseason.
“I just almost threw up,” Bennett told ESPN. “I can’t believe Sam Bradford is complaining about making $40 million in the next two years, and because he actually has to compete for a position.”
While Bennett said he considered holding out for a better contract in 2015, he never did and showed up for training camp in 2016 as well.
The Steelers locked up the AFC North and the No. 3 seed with a victory over the Ravens in Week 16. Houston clinched the AFC South and the No. 4 with a win over the Bengals.
The Dolphins are guaranteed a wild card spot, but could still go from the sixth seed to the fifth seed if they beat the Patriots and the Chiefs lose to the Chargers.
A win for the Raiders or a loss by the Chiefs will guarantee Oakland a first-round bye, and the Raiders could even grab the No. 1 seed if the Dolphins beat the Patriots in the early group of games Sunday.
The Chiefs can win the AFC West, and secure a first-round bye, if they beat the Chargers and the Raiders fall to the Broncos.
What we know right now is that the Patriots will get a week off, and the Steelers and Texans will each host a game on Wild Card Weekend.
Monday Night Football has yet another subpar matchup on its hands with the New Orleans Saints (5-8) hosting the Detroit (4-9). Neither team has much to play for at this point, with draft position being the only real thing at stake.
Jenkins is one of the most consistent players on an Eagles defense that doesn’t seem to show up every week. His biggest highlight play was the 99-yard pick-six of Tom Brady in Week 13, sparking the Eagles to an upset win at Gillette Stadium. With so many high-priced free agents flopping in the Chip Kelly era, Jenkins has been a downright bargain at two years, $15 million.
In a year, where almost nothing went right for the Dolphins, Jones has been one of their biggest bright spots. His 124 tackles are fifth in the league, while he’s tied for sixth with five interceptions. He arguably has a better case than Kam Chancellor, with the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary having a down year overall.
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A victory wouldn’t just guarantee the Jets would be playing for a playoff berth on the final week of the season; it would change the entire perception of Fitzpatrick’s career.
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Pittsburgh showed a lot of guts in coming back from down 17 points and proved that it’s still a threat in the AFC playoffs.
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Brees’ league-leading totals for passing yards and passing touchdowns were not enough for him to earn Pro Bowl honors Tuesday, making the veteran QB one of the more obvious snubs.
With input from NFL personnel evaluators, we take a look at 10 notable players who should’ve made the Pro Bowl team, starting with Brees and another NFC quarterback.
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(Zeke needs 258 yards over his final two games to break the mark.) The Dallas offense now dictates game tempo, chews up the clock and helps keep the suspect Dallas D off the field. Says Witten: “It’s like a science. It’s something special to watch the way they communicate, coordinate and work together.”
With the game, and its winning streak, on the line in Minnesota, Dallas turns to what has become its signature play: the wide zone counter.
The Cowboys used it against Cincinnati in Week 5 to spring Elliott untouched on a 60-yard TD run through the kind of hole that, before this game, cornerback Adam Jones said his daughter could have run through. “It’s become our signature and the heart of what we do,” Witten says. “We get you moving one way, then hit you hard in the other direction.”
Now the guys up front need to do their job so that Elliott can do his.