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We’ll leave the light on, coach Mike Tomlin said about Tuitt’s availability.
Tomlin said the team is fortunate the injury wasn’t worse. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday night the team feared a biceps tear, but that ultimately an MRI would reveal the injury’s severity.
Tuitt on Monday privately told some teammates he got good news from that MRI. Defensive end Cam Heyward said the Steelers’ defensive line was breathing a sigh of relief that the injury wasn’t season-ending.
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Tuitt, who signed a six-year, $61 million extension Saturday, had a quarterback pressure and a tackle for a loss before leaving in the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Tuitt has 109 tackles and 11.5 sacks since being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: More fantasy points! More fantasy points! We fantasy players can be a greedy bunch, especially when we see stat lines like what Brown, the game’s best at his position, put forth in Week 1. For the sixth time in his career, he managed at least 10 receptions and 20 PPR fantasy points despite failing to score a touchdown, and five of them have occurred within the past three calendar years. Brown’s 29.2 PPR fantasy points were his 18th-best performance in his 102 career NFL games, and they were the second-best performance he has had while failing to score a touchdown (45.6 PPR, 28.6 non-PPR in 2015 Week 9).
Considering his ability to catch the football, I feel like Rodgers is just a much better all-around back than Martin, regardless of the suspension. If not for the suspension, Rodgers probably wouldn’t have been afforded another opportunity at this point in his career to show what he could do as a starting running back in the league.
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I am betting that Rodgers will be as motivated as he has ever been, and in the first three games he’s going to try to nail down that starting position for at least the rest of this season, if not longer.
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Edelman’s impending stint on injured reserve opens up a roster spot for one of the team’s many young undrafted wideouts looking for an opportunity to earn their place. Carr was a 2016 first-team All-Big Ten selection who has looked impressive in spurts this preseason.
Lucien knows the team well after spending last season on New England’s practice squad. Hollister was a priority undrafted free agent pickup, though he hasn’t made much of an impact during preseason games. Maye, for whatever it’s worth, is ahead of all three on the team’s unofficial depth chart.
The 2017 New England Patriots are the overwhelming favorites across Las Vegas to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but are they better in bookmakers’ eyes than the 2007 team?
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ESPN spoke with seven Vegas bookmakers and asked them to make a line in a hypothetical matchup between the two teams. Six of the seven had the ’07 team favored, with lines ranging from a small favorite (William Hill US) to 11 points (Frank Kunovic at Caesars).
A delicious slab of ribs. You’ll get so invested in them at the start, and even when you’re getting to the end, you’ll still partake, even if it’s not as good. That’s supposed to relate to the football product on the field from Week 1 to Week 17 — as bad as things can get, fans still stick around to the end.
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Man, if I were a cynic, I could just give a one-word reply: suck. From a football outlook in 2017, Cleveland should be able to run the football better than anyone else. The team had offensive line and quarterback issues in 2016, yet still managed to have the second-best yard per carry average in the NFL. Now, with Cleveland having the highest-paid offensive line in the league and expected to feature a run-heavy offense, there’s no rhyme or reason as to why that yards per carry average shouldn’t remain among the league’s best.
The looming weakness now was a strength as recently as 2015: the offensive line, which has shed starting guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang along with interior lineman JC Tretter, who started seven games at center last season. If the line comes together, this Packers team might be as loaded as any since the 15-1 squad of 2011.
When Nike took over the NFL’s uniform contract in 2012, the Packers were one of several teams that opted to stick with the old Reebok fabric and tailoring template (which is easy to spot — just look for the mesh fabric), and they’ve continued to stick with it this season. They’ve basically bypassed the Flywire era by standing still.
There should be some concern about the lack of resources poured into a frequently frustrating offensive line, but few teams have as much top-level talent on offense and defense as the Giants. If everyone stays healthy and tackles Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart improve, Big Blue could be an absolute juggernaut.
Finally: Want to go to the head of the line when boarding an Alaska Airlines flightLast year, the airline extended that privilege to anyone wearing a Russell Wilson jersey, and it has renewed the promotion for 2017. No word on whether fans in the old Flywire jerseys have to wait a bit longer.
As has been the case the past two seasons, Thursday night games will feature teams wearing solid-colored “Color Rush” uniforms. Although the specific color matchups haven’t been announced, you can see this season’s Thursday night schedule here. (As an aside, at least one team wanted to amend the league’s bylaws so it could opt out of the Color Rush program, but the proposal was later withdrawn.)
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It’s been nice to come to camp and just (having) no B.S. He and I can get to know the real one another. That’s been good. You kind of get back to football and being players. You get through all that — any awkwardness or anything else that might be there — and you just have fun.
Smith’s approach stands in stark contrast to how some other lame-duck quarterbacks handled themselves once a successor was tabbed. For example, Green Bay’s Brett Favre had an instant dislike for Aaron Rodgers after the latter was drafted in 2005. Sam Bradford also asked Philadelphia management for a trade — which was ultimately granted (to Minnesota) even after the request was rescinded — once it was clear the Eagles were selecting Carson Wentz in last year’s draft.
The crazy irony is that, while much of the league (usually under the cowardly cloak of anonymity) condemned Kaepernick’s protests and swore that they wanted no part of him, Kaepernick had no bigger supporter than 49ers owner Jed York, stood up for the QB’s constitutional rights and donated to related causes.
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But that’s our city. It’s very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help. Not be there to help with the recovery. Not be there to help with the process. It’s very tough.
As of Sunday night, the goal of $200,000 was raised in less than two hours, which prompted Watt to encourage people to try and reach a goal of $500,000. By Monday morning, over $300,000 had been raised.
Jenkins told reporters Long pulled him aside prior to the game to tell him he wanted to do something in support of Jenkins.
I asked him just a couple of questions, really the main thing was what message was he trying to get across, and that message was that more white men should feel the need, especially after what’s recently transpired in Charlottesville, but even before that, that more white males should take the position of an ally, in support, Jenkins said, via the Philadelphia Daily News. Not somebody who’s trying to undermine or take over or draw attention to themselves, which is why I don’t think he did exactly what I was doing. Just being able to stand alongside a teammate or brother and say ‘I support you’ I think goes a long way.
Jordan’s tenure in pro baseball was fascinating, but it didn’t last long. He played one season with the White Sox’ Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. (Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf also owns the Bulls.) He was back on the hardwood in 1995.
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Tebow, the Heisman Trophy- and national title-winning quarterback from Florida, is in the midst of the same transition. Drafted by the Broncos in 2010, Tebow didn’t play in an NFL game after 2012, and he formally left the league when he signed to play ball with the Mets in September 2016. After a brief, poor-hitting stint in the Arizona Fall League last year, Tebow started playing in-season minor league ball this year.
First, a comparison of two stat lines: Jordan’s as a 31-year-old in Double-A in 1994, and Tebow’s as a 29-year-old with Low-A Columbia earlier this year. (Tebow was recently promoted to High-A Port St. Lucie, and I’ll get to that in a couple of seconds.)
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So if this thing dies out in 20 years, it dies out in 20 years, the Bengals’ veteran tackle said Monday on Cincinnati television station WCPO. That’s not really my concern, and I don’t think it’s any of these players’ concern in here either.
The NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2021. Given the unrest between owners and the union the past couple of years, not to mention NFL players complaining about their NBA counterparts getting far more lucrative contracts, many see another work stoppage on the horizon. (There was a 132-day lockout in 2011 before the current CBA was finalized.)
Perhaps the most interesting team-building exercise is being held in Philadelphia, where the Sixers added two high-quality veterans to The Process on Saturday. J.J. Redick signed a 1-year, $23 million contract while Amir Johnson joined at one year and $11 million. The Sixers still have plenty of space left should a good young player come available or a team need a cap space dumping ground.
Philly has an opening in a weak East. Three 2017 playoff teams — the Hawks, Bulls, and Pacers — are at serious risk of falling out of the bracket. The only outside team who will be penciled into the postseason by just about everyone is Miami, based on their epic run in the back half of last season.
And when Ball claimed Summer League MVP honors despite sitting Monday’s championship showdown against the Trail Blazers, it was Kuzma whose play solidified the franchise’s first-ever summertime crown. The Utah product put up 30 points on 6-of-10 shooting from downtown and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead his Lakers to a 110-98 victory. He won Summer League Finals MVP as a result.
That’s why after his July 12 matchup against the 76ers, I caught Kuzma just before he headed to the team bus. With all the hype surrounding Ball, I wondered, did he feel he had something to prove?
“Yeah for sure,” Kuzma told SB Nation. “I wouldn’t say prove that I belong on this team but that I belong on this level. I’ve been doubted my entire life. So for me to come out here, I wanted to prove that I was worth that 27th pick. I think I’ve showed that.”
After hitting the jackpot in the draft lottery to land Ball with the No. 2 overall pick, it appears Magic Johnson has struck gold once again. Kuzma can play both the three and four. He can guard virtually every position and has the length, speed, shooting stroke, and athleticism that fits perfectly with Los Angeles’ point guard of the future.
I’m a big fan of Norvel Pelle, a 6’11 hyperathletic center who turned pro before even playing in college a few years back. Here’s what he can do.
Pelle was supposed to get his chance this year during Summer League, but then the Miami Heat big man was buried when the team traded for A.J. Hammons. Pelle only played one game before this, a nine-minute appearance where he committed five fouls but blocked three shots. On Saturday, he appeared again, blocking three more shots in just eight minutes, notably those two above.
He does that a lot, as seen here.
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Pelle isn’t the most polished player, but if you want an athletic 7-footer (basically) who can block shots, there’s no reason not to bring him in. How many of those are there really out there?
Durant is the best free agent for the second straight year, and he’s in the conversation for best basketball player in the world. Unlike 2016, though, Durant isn’t switching teams. He’s relishing life in the Bay Area too much, especially after a dominant NBA playoffs run and championship.
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Chris Paul may have bolted for Houston but Griffin is staying in LA. The Clippers and Griffin agreed to a deal worth 5 years, $173 million right before free agency kicked off. Griffin is a majestic scorer and rebounder and one of the best passing big men in the league, but he hasn’t played anything close to a full season since 2014. He’s a max-contract player regardless. His health will likely determine again whether this works out or not for the Clippers.
I know I’m being a stickler, but it sounds like I’m playing NBA Jam. It feels like Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy didn’t record their audio at the same time. There isn’t any true back and forth between them. It’s not a big deal, but it is something I noticed.
The first part of the demo seemed super stiff and then I realized that my custom character was a scrub who didn’t have any dribble moves.
Being used to playing NBA 2K, I thought the game speed seemed slow at first. I was having a hard time getting used to shot timing and defense, but increasing the game speed setting helped me get more comfortable.
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This was just another chapter in the Big Baller Brand book, but what truly demands attention is LaVar’s sexist and disrespectful tirade about the female official directly following the game:
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I know what she trying to say: ‘Oh I gave him a tech. I’m strong.’ That ain’t got nothing to do with it. Just call the game. If you’re going to be qualified, you better be in shape and you better know the game. And she’s bad on both of them. She’s not in shape, she’s not calling the game right. And she don’t understand.