Month: September 2017

Ravens quickly delete tweet with royal gaffe

Call it a royal gaffe.

The Ravens social media team quickly realized its mistake Tuesday after tweeting an image of Queen Elizabeth II with the team’s logo photoshopped across her countenance to look like facepaint. The tweet said, “The Queen is ready for us to #FlockToLondon.”

The tweet was a clear attempt to promote the Ravens’ game against the Jaguars Sunday at London’s Wembley Stadium. As the queen might say, it was a creative attempt, but not exactly the formula for social media success.

Questionable (Q): This remains the most dreaded player designation. By definition it means a player is “uncertain to play.” How uncertain is uncertain? There is no percentage or measurement scale, which leaves this classification rather vague. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he feels on game-day morning or how he performs during warm-ups. Final inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff.

Doubtful (D): The doubtful designation means a player is unlikely to play that week. Rarely does a player labeled as doubtful end up playing, unless he experiences a major turnaround before game time.

Each week in the Saturday blog, I run down a list of key fantasy players, by position, who appear in the Friday injury report, along with the injured body part as listed on the report, player status and any relevant developments or insight. The primary fantasy positions are covered (quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end).o (16)

Mike Glennon is making it hard for the Bears to be patient about Mitchell Trubisky

Mitchell Trubisky is the quarterback of the future for the Chicago Bears. The question is just a matter of when he’ll be handed the reins.

The No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft started just 13 games in college, and Chicago didn’t want to toss him into the flames until after he’s had plenty time to adjust to the NFL.

Chicago will stick with that plan in Week 3 with Glennon set to start in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He’s struggling to help in the run game too and there really aren’t many positive things to stay about the 33 games Flowers has played in the NFL.

Forget the fact that the Giants have an offense so one-dimensional that the entire team looks like a disaster. McAdoo was painfully conservative when the team needed to take shots and it proved costly.

The play seems like a no-brainer to armchair quarterbacks and Twitter head coaches, but there have been plenty of rookies who would have tried to force their hand there. Watson had the composure to make the smart play, and it put his team in a better position to win.

Jones, the talented WR who set NCAA records for most receptions in a career (399) and a single season (158 catches in 2016) with East Carolina, initially broke for the right-front portion of the end zone before adjusting and turning back towards the middle of the field.

The L.A.-Orange County metro area has 12 million people, so 95% of the public might not care about the Chargers, but it doesn’t take many to fill 27,000 seats. Take into account fans of visiting teams who want to see their teams live and sellouts are pretty much guaranteed for the three seasons the Chargers will be playing at the StubHub Center.
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Glennon did nothing to make his old team regret letting him walk.

Falcons 24, Packers 7: And the Falcons got into the end zone once again on a 3-yard pass to Tevin Coleman.

Falcons 17, Packers 7: A Desmond Trufant interception gave the Falcons great field position and a chance to extend their lead before the half.

Falcons 17, Packers 7: Matt Ryan and the Falcons drove down the field on a seven-play, 58-yard drive capped off with a field goal.

This grab by Julio Jones gave the Falcons the boost they needed to jump ahead by double digits.

Falcons 14, Packers 7: Another nice drive for the Falcons gave them the lead again. And just like on their first possession, the score came on a Devonta Freeman 1-yard run.

Not that you would’ve expected otherwise. After a strong 6-for-6 start, he was intercepted. He lost a fumble on the Bears’ next drive.

Surely, he’d be better on his next possession? NOPE. Glennon threw a pick-six to give the Bucs a 23-0 lead with four left minutes in the first half.

Replaced by Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay, the only question left for Glennon’s career at this point is when he’ll be replaced by Mitch Trubisky. If Bears fans have their way, look for it to happen sooner rather than later.

Oh my…. if Mitchell doesn’t play in the near future, I’m dusting off my collection of The Best of T J Hooker dvds

Tomlin, in his 11th season as Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, was the Vikings defensive coordinator in 2006. That was the job that preceded his leap to Pittsburgh.

During that 2006 season, Tomlin turned heads with his leadership and fire-like emotion. Then-Steelers owner Dan Rooney recognized it, reached for Tomlin, and the rest is Steelers history.
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Texans vs. Bengals 2017: Start time, TV schedule for ‘Thursday Night Football’

Andy Dalton had the worst performance of his football career in the Bengals’ season opener on Sunday. He’ll have to hope four days is enough time to correct his mistakes when Cincinnati hosts the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NFL Network (live stream).

Houston has its own quarterback problems. Starter Tom Savage lasted just one half before head coach Bill O’Brien had enough and inserted 2017 first-round pick Deshaun Watson in his place. Neither quarterback could do much behind a cheesecloth offensive line — the pair was sacked a combined 10 times in a loss to the Jaguars.

The league will install collapsible, movable medical tents on each team’s sideline throughout the 2017 season, allowing doctors and training staff a measure of privacy and calm when examining a player. These tents will be noticeable from the stands — they’re big enough to fit a training table, the afflicted player, and all the doctors and staff members needed to perform a comprehensive test.

The Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower was the first player to use the tent in the 2017 season, after two Chiefs players rolled onto his knee in the third quarter of the NFL’s season opener.

These examinations were previously conducted on the sideline in full view of fans and television cameras. The league hopes this measure will allow for better evaluations and a more respectful environment to assess an injured athlete.
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Browns place WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve

The Cleveland Browns have placed Corey Coleman on injured reserve after the receiver had surgery for a broken right hand, the team announced Tuesday.

Coleman, who had six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in two starts this season, will be eligible to return to practice after six weeks and to the active roster after eight.

Johnson started the game alongside Joseph. The Texans were relying on Johnson after they lost top corner A.J. Bouye in free agency this offseason.

In place of Joseph and Johnson, the Texans played recently signed cornerback Marcus Burley and rookie Treston Decoud on Thursday. Cornerback Kareem Jackson led the team with seven tackles and added a sack and forced fumble.

Banks was signed by the Chicago Bears in March but was cut before the season.

He was a second-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. The Bucs traded him to the Lions for a seventh-round pick in November 2016. He was released by the Lions in December.

When asked whether he was concerned any of the injuries were season-ending, McCarthy said: “I don’t think I’ll be reporting on season-ending injuries, no.”

Nelson left during the Packers’ first drive because of a quad injury to his right leg and did not re-enter the game despite going through treatment and riding an exercise bike on the sideline. It’s the same leg that Nelson hurt in the 2015 preseason, when he tore his ACL and missed the entire season. This, however, is a soft-tissue injury.

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Flores did not want to make a big deal out of his fall.

Tom Flores, the Oakland Raiders’ two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, is recovering from a fall he suffered after Oakland’s exhibition at the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 26.

The 80-year-old Flores now serves as the color analyst on Raiders radio broadcasts, but he missed the preseason finale and the regular-season opener. He expects to be at the Oakland Coliseum for the Raiders’ home opener against the New York Jets on Sunday while wearing a neck collar.

It might be a while for Denver and LA — more wins and losses — to know whether Joseph and Lynn are keepers. But neither wasted time in proving they have what it takes to be the right men for their jobs.

When they meet again in Week 7 in Los Angeles, their teams’ identities will have been established, and the stakes in the division race will be higher. There should be every expectation that we’ll get more of the same — and, let’s hope, for a long time to come.

“They thought at first it was possibly a tibia [fracture], and they came out and told me at halftime that it was negative, but he wasn’t good enough to go back in the game.”

Flores did not want to make a big deal out of his fall.

“Every day I’m doing a little better,” Flores said. “The MRI said it looks like no surgery, so that’s good. But it looks like I’ll have to walk around wearing this neck collar for six weeks. I plan on being at Sunday’s game.”

The first Latino starting quarterback in pro football history with the Raiders in 1960, Flores was also the first minority coach to win a Super Bowl, which he did with the Raiders in Super Bowl XV. He won another three years later when the franchise was located in Los Angeles. Flores has a third ring as an assistant on John Madden’s Super Bowl XI-winning staff and a fourth as Len Dawson’s backup on the Kansas City Chiefs who won Super Bowl IV.
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3 reasons the Cowboys dominated the Giants on ‘Sunday Night Football’

The Cowboys welcomed the Giants to AT&T Stadium for the season opener of Sunday Night Football, and things did not go the Giants’ way. The Cowboys trounced them, wearing down the Giants defense en route to a 19-3 win.

Dallas held the Giants scoreless through the better part of three quarters, when New York finally managed to get into position to kick a field goal. But the defense had no answer for the Dallas offense, which was at full strength with Ezekiel Elliott on the field.

Lynch ran with the same bruising style that we grew to love over the course of his career — particularly when he was in Seattle. His first run since returning showed his finesse, patience, and power.

There’s also no other player in the NFL that can make a 1-yard run look this impressive. Lynch was nearly tackled three yards behind the line of scrimmage, before he made a defender miss, and dragged another with him for a first down on 4th and 1.

Donald, 26, is in the fourth year of his rookie contract and is due to make $1.8 million in base salary this year. The Rams also picked up his fifth-year option next season, paying him roughly $6.9 million, but Donald is hoping to negotiate a new contract that will put him among the highest-paid defensive tackles in the NFL.

The Rams are scheduled to host the Redskins at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Fellow Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger told ESPN the news of Cravens’ possible retirement was “shocking.”

“He has to handle what he needs to handle, whether mental or with his family. We’re here to support him,” Swearinger said. “That’s tough. I’m not in those shoes, so I can’t speak on him, so whatever he’s dealing with I’m praying for him and hopefully he’ll be back.

Colts claim former Redskins RB Matt Jones off waivers

It didn’t take long for Matt Jones to find a new team.

The Colts claimed the third-year running back off waivers Sunday following his release from the Redskins on Saturday, NFL Network reported

Jones began last season as the Redskins’ starting rusher before suffering an injury in Week 7. He had played well up until that point, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, including a 135-yard performance the week before getting hurt. He did, however, struggle to hold onto the ball and later fell on the team’s depth charth before eventually being waived.

J.J. Watt has just one career interception and he finished that game without a sack — although he did manage to return his pick 80 yards for a touchdown. T.J. Watt didn’t get as far, but it was still an impressive display of athleticism to make the grab.

The last time the Steelers had a player finish with two sacks and an interception was in 2010 when LaMarr Woodley did it in a 23-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Watt is only the 11th player to ever do it as a rookie and the first in NFL history to do it in Week 1 of his rookie season.

His other brother, Derek Watt, is a fullback for the Los Angeles Chargers and will kick off his 2017 season on Monday night. That meant he had a chance to watch both of his brothers play and he was fired up for T.J.