Window closing for Cardinals’ old guys as youthful Rams rip Arizona apart

After the Arizona Cardinals put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the sword in Week 6 behind the experienced legs of Adrian Peterson, coach Bruce Arians expressed his enjoyment in coaching “old guys.”

Just a week later, and Arians may be pining for some more of the exuberance of youth on his roster after the Cardinals’ season was effectively left in tatters courtesy of a crushing 33-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams, led by the youngest head coach in NFL history in 31-year-old Sean McVay, at Twickenham.

In the midst of one of his best performances of the season, Flacco was hit high by Alonso while sliding at the end of an impromptu run. Flacco’s helmet flew off his head, and the 10-year quarterback appeared wobbly as he struggled to his feet.

Alonso was flagged for unnecessary roughness, providing Baltimore with a first down that ultimately turned into a touchdown.

Flacco was initially placed in concussion protocol, and by halftime was ruled out.

Impact: The respect earned during nine stellar seasons in Philadelphia was reflected by the “Jason Peters” chants echoing throughout Lincoln Financial Field as he was carted away following the injury. The Eagles appear likely to give Halapoulivaati Vaitai a shot at left tackle with the luxury of knowing Lane Johnson could switch from right tackle if needed.

Which brings us to the Saints, who have won four in a row — their longest winning streak since they started the 2013 season 5-0 — in an NFC South in which every other team has lost at least two in a row. The Falcons and Bucs are reeling (more on them in a minute), and the Panthers are in a mini-slump. The Saints, who have finished 7-9 three seasons in a row and seemed as if they were done being a factor in playoff races for the remainder of Drew Brees’ and Sean Payton’s time there, are flexing a kind of defensive muscle we don’t usually associate with them.chargers_083

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Not only did Burfict kick Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix in the head after a play Sunday, he apparently got things started during the coin toss by talking nasty stuff in front of kids who were on the field for the pregame ceremony, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger told 93.7 FM The Fan .

It took a while, but the Chargers finally decided to expand Hunter Henry’s role over the past month. Henry has run more routes than Antonio Gates in three straight games and has now managed either a touchdown or 73-plus receiving yards in five of his past six outings, including four straight. Over the past three weeks, Henry has out-targeted Gates, 20-5, and sits fifth at tight end in fantasy points. Now enjoying a consistent offensive role, Henry should Authentic Thomas Rawls Jersey be locked into lineups as a mid-pack TE1.

The Bills have carried five offensive tackles on their 53-man roster since Henderson returned from suspension after five games. Coach Sean McDermott said last week that offensive tackle is a position of value across the league, which was about the closest you’ll get to him saying they are open for business. Cordy Glenn has battled foot and ankle injuries the past two seasons and has been splitting time at left tackle with second-round rookie Dion Dawkins, which also makes the Bills’ second-highest paid player a potential trade target.
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The pregame thing was a huge shock, Roethlisberger said. Even if you absolutely hate your opponent, you’d think there’s a little bit of respect, you’re in the NFL together, you’re one of the elite few and you go out there and you just stand back, your arms crossed, you’re talking nasty stuff at the coin toss with those kids out there and stuff, it’s ehh whatever, we won.

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Begin with the genesis of Stafford’s career, his rookie season in 2009, and look no further than Week 11’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns as a testament to the type of toughness he’s had from the jump. A separated shoulder, one untimed play from the 1-yard line, and Stafford, who knew he didn’t need his left shoulder to throw, threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew.

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Of course, that’s not what he did because Rodgers is a cheat code. He ran. He took off to the left, escaped one arm-tackle, out-ran and high-stepped away from David Irving, ran up the sideline, and then barreled into Byron Jones at the end of the 18-yard run. The game was over after that. The Packers were in the red zone, with 29 seconds, a new set of downs, and Rodgers at his most ruthless. There was no pretense about what was to happen next, it became a formality.

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The Chiefs offense finally got going in the third quarter with a 10-play, 86-yard drive. A field goal would have narrowed the Steelers’ lead to just six points, but Andy Reid elected to go for it on fourth-and-2 instead.

I’ve watched every session of him throwing, and it’s been going really well, Ballard said. His velocity is good, his motion is good, all that is coming along at a good rate. It’s the soreness right now that we’re dealing with and have to get through.

Understand this: Every player is different. Every rehab is different. Every surgery is different. That’s why we never put a timeline on this. Every guy is different. The good news is, Andrew is very in-tuned with his body and he’s being honest about what’s going on. That’s what we want and what we need.

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Welcome to Week 7 of the 2017 Eliminator Challenge. To determine the best picks each week, I lean heavily upon ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). For more on how FPI is calculated, click here and here.. I also look at the pick percentages for each team on the ESPN Eliminator Challenge page to see which teams the majority of fans are picking. This is as wide-open a week of Eliminator as you will see. As of now, every spread is six points or less. If it holds, this will be just the second week that has happened in the Super Bowl era. The other time was in Week 1 of 1984.

It was West’s second touchdown of the day, and it gave the Chiefs a 23-7 lead going into the half.

She said Elliott told her he was scared to be around her because he didn’t want to abuse her again. She claimed this was said via text messages. One of their text exchanges entered in evidence from that night read

Later that night, she said she told him she had enough and was going to go to the police.

After totaling 15 targets during Minnesota’s first four games this season, Kyle Rudolph has seen nine during each of his past two outings. Rudolph was fantasy’s No. 23 scoring tight end after Week 4, but he sits ninth over the past two weeks. Rudolph isn’t quite the fantasy force he was when he was the No. 2 scoring tight end last season, but he remains an every-down player, and his rebound in the target department the past two weeks has him back in the TE1 mix. He should be in lineups this week against a Baltimore defense that has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends.

While the Chiefs have been an offensive machine with cohesive coaching over multiple seasons, the Raiders have gone backward on offense after their January firing of coordinator Bill Musgrave.steelers_014

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It pinned the Steelers deep in their own territory, but it didn’t slow Ben Roethlisberger down. He hit tight end Vance McDonald for a 26-yard gain to kick off a drive that ended in a field goal. The Steelers lead the Chiefs 12-3. But that punt was still a thing of beauty.

On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court ruled in favor of the NFL, throwing out the district court’s preliminary injunction due to lack of jurisdiction. (In other words, it ruled that the NFLPA filed with the district court in Texas too soon, since Henderson had yet to announce the suspension was upheld.)
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What one witness said: The prosecutor’s office only recorded two interviews: the alleged victim and the friend of the alleged victim. The friend told the intake counselor that on Thursday afternoon, Elliott’s accuser showed her bruises, telling her Elliott had done it and it had been happening that week. The friend said Elliott’s accuser did not have the bruises last time they had seen each other, which was about 10 days before that day.

The accuser’s friend said the woman discussed her plan to file a police report and told her, I don’t really know for sure if I want to do this because I know what the repercussions [are] but at the same time, this is not OK. I’m, like, honestly hurting.

The friend said she would not be willing to testify if it had gone to trial because she was also a friend of Elliott’s.

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DeShone Kizer is back under center.

The Browns on Wednesday announced the rookie quarterback will be Cleveland’s starter for the team’s Week 7 matchup against the Titans.

The mistrust in the NFL’s integrity, in how it investigates and punishes players, is deep. It’s justified, for the most part. Ironically, while the Elliott case was being argued again Tuesday, players were investing some portion of their trust in the owners and commissioner again, discussing player protests at the owners’ meetings. Time will tell whether that will actually lead to anything. Believing the league under these circumstances, even when the facts seem clear-cut, requires a leap of faith.

Shaun Alexander Authentic Jersey The union ends up short-circuiting the league’s plans every once in a while. Other times, it doesn’t, and Elliott’s case still might be delaying the inevitable the way that all the appeals only delayed Brady’s four-game sentence in the Deflategate investigation.

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The next big change would come if Kaepernick were to get signed, which would take strong conviction from a team knowing the blow-back it would receive from some fans and advertisers, not to mention a media circus. In the meantime, Kaepernick continues to work with kids in Harlem, just nine miles from the swanky hotel where his perspective employers have gathered as less-talented QBs continue to collect paychecks.

The fact that the Vikings’ defense ended Aaron Rodgers’ season isn’t the reason the Ravens should be worried about them. It’s because that defense is a threat to any quarterback, particularly ones with poor, makeshift protection. The Vikings are seventh in the NFL in sacks and in interceptions and fifth in points per game. The Ravens, meanwhile, just lost to the Bears at home, and their only two touchdowns were on kick returns.

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Reports surfaced late Sunday that Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant wanted out of Pittsburgh. Shortly afterward, Bryant’s Twitter activity indicated a much different tone toward his employer.

In a series of since-deleted tweets, Bryant’s girlfriend addressed the trade reports and said everyone should’ve seen it coming and blamed the Steelers for taking him off the field, not giving the ball or the chance to reach his full potential.

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Kaepernick and attorney Mark Geragos would not have to reveal it in the complaint, she continued, just present it to the independent arbitrator. But without it, they would not be able to meet the burden of proof laid out in the labor agreement.

The complaint said the NFL and the owners have retaliated against Mr. Kaepernick in response to coercion and calculated coordination from the Executive Branch of the United States government, and described Trump as an organizing force in the collusion among team owners in their conduct towards Mr. Kaepernick and other NFL players.

Summer vacation was anything but for the Boston Celtics

It’s early August, the time of year when most NBA general managers can typically sneak in a little downtime, and yet Danny Ainge’s phone won’t stop buzzing.

The Boston Celtics president of basketball operations has flown to Provo, Utah, to support his son, Tanner, at a fundraiser toward a campaign for a seat in Utah’s third congressional district (an election he’d lose in mid-August).

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“I think he is going to be OK,” Francona said.

Encarnacion said the fact that Wednesday is an elimination game makes a difference in his status.

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“Yes. It would be different if you knew that you had one more chance,” he told ESPN. “But there is no tomorrow and I have to do whatever’s necessary to be in the lineup because I know that I can help this team win.”

After signing a three-year, $60 million contract last offseason, Encarnacion hit .258 with 38 home runs and 107 RBIs for the Indians during the regular season. The right-handed-hitting slugger has not fared well against the Yankees’ Game 5 starter, lefty CC Sabathia; Encarnacion has a career batting average of .273 with 0 home runs and 4 RBIs in 55 at-bats.

In Encarnacion’s place, Michael Brantley has gone 1-for-11 in the series. Brantley, a two-time All Star, has had to deal with injuries the past two years, and Francona was hoping the outfielder’s timing may be off.ravens_009

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The Panthers on Wednesday announced they will honor the late former linebacker and coach with a 51 helmet decal during the team’s Thursday Night Football matchup against the Eagles at Bank of America Stadium.

The Keep Pounding game will be meaningful in a number of ways, Panthers director of community relations Riley Fields said in a statement Tuesday, via the team’s website. We will celebrate Sam Mills’ legacy and the important ways ‘Keep Pounding’ is deeply woven into the fabric of the team. At the same time, we will honor those impacted by cancer and those who have conquered the disease.

DeGuglielmo will return to the Dolphins after previously coaching Miami’s offensive line from 2009-11. He has also had coaching stints with the Giants (2004-08), Jets (2012), Patriots (2014-15) and Chargers (2016).

The hiring comes after former offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday after a video of him snorting a white, powdery substance surfaced on social media Sunday following the team’s Week 5 win over the Titans.

I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions, Foerster said in a statement. I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals.

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